Weeks of social distancing might have you ready to tackle some of your long-desired home improvement tasks. However, if one of those tasks is painting your home’s exterior brick, you might want to think again. Though painted brick might seem like an easy solution to enhance your home’s curb appeal, there are a few important things to consider first.
You could ultimately face structural damage.
Brick is a porous material and must be allowed to “breathe,” especially if you live in an area of frequent rain and humidity. Adding a coat of paint over the external brick eliminates its ability to do so, which can lead to trapped moisture. If this happens, the brick will likely erode overtime during the changing of seasons from hot to cold. If left unresolved, the structural integrity of your home could be in jeopardy.
You should plan to repaint your brick home every five to seven years.
Your home’s exterior is exposed to many harsh outdoor elements such as heat, cold, rain, hail, etc. Overtime, this wear will cause the paint to peel and chip – especially if there is any trapped moisture within the brick. If you are looking to maintain a pristine and polished look, you should plan to repaint your home’s exterior every five to seven years. However, if you are interested in a more rustic style, you may go longer between new coats.
Painted brick can be a difficult and costly process to reverse.
Stripping brick of paint is often a painstaking process, and if done incorrectly, your home’s brick might not return to its original appearance. Consider using a free online color generator, such as this one by Sherwin-Williams, to view the color directly on your house before making a commitment. We also recommend using a professional for any major home improvement process to ensure all necessary steps are made to leave your home looking great for years to come.