Pros and Cons of Painting Brick Exteriors

Exterior Painting | April 23, 2020

Getting to know the pros and cons of painting brick exteriors will help you decide if you should paint the brick on the exterior of your home. At Dunbar Painting, we want to help you make the exterior of your home as beautiful as possible. That is why we offer a range of painting services, including exterior painting.

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Pros of Painting Brick Exteriors

Some of the pros of painting brick exteriors include:

1. Adds Curb Appeal

If the brick exterior of your home no longer looks appealing, painting the brick might be the best option for you. Having a painted brick exterior on your house can improve the overall look and feel of the property by boosting your home’s curb appeal and condition. When planned out carefully and executed by a professional, painted brick surfaces can also help increase a home’s market value.

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2. Provides Protection

Since brick walls will eventually fade and wear down due to being exposed to the elements, having the brick professionally prepared and painted can provide a durable coating that offers an extra layer of protection against moisture and mould growth.

3. Offers Easy Maintenance

Compared to unpainted brick surfaces, properly painted and sealed brick walls tend to be much easier to clean, as raw brick is very porous and holds in dirt and debris.

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Cons of Painting Brick Exteriors

Some of the cons of painting brick exteriors include:

1. Requires Specific Paint

In order to create a flawless paint, the brick will need to be cleaned and coated with the right type of products. Not using proper paint, such as Loxon XP from Sherwin Williams as a base coat and then a top coat of the same product or a high-quality Benjamin Moore product, can cause efflorescence.

2. Moisture Buildup

Since there are a wide variety of different types of bricks, it is important to choose the best painting products for the type of brick on the exterior of your home. Choosing the wrong coating system may decrease the brick’s ability to expel moisture, causing moisture to seep into the walls without any way to escape.

3. Permanence

Once the brick exterior of a house has been painted, it can be extremely difficult to remove the paint and return the house to its original brick exterior.

If you would like to learn more about the pros and cons of painting brick exteriors, or if you are interested in our exterior painting services, please contact Dunbar Painting at 604-788-3382 or by filling out a contact form on our website.