The importance of not painting your brick home

The weather is finally getting warmer and many homeowners are considering cosmetic changes to welcome spring. As you are making important decisions about the design of your property, it may occur to you to paint the exterior bricks of your home. While it seems like a good investment at this time and can add to the attractiveness of your roadside property, you shouldn’t consider painting your brick home and here is why.

You will likely ruin the brick – In contrast to external cladding, brick “breathes” and traps moisture in its structure. As a highly porous material, bricks absorb quite a bit of moisture, which constantly adapts to maintain their integrity. By applying a layer of paint, you seal the brick in the moisture it contains. Over time, the brick will soften and collapse. Houselogic explains, “When exterior bricks erode – and if the mortar between the bricks erodes – the structural integrity of your home is at risk.” As your home goes through the winter through spring freeze-thaw cycle, you can cause serious structural damage by Cover your bricks with a layer of paint.

IT DETERMINES FAST – As your brick begins to decompose, the paint will chip and peel off over time. Unless your bricks are specifically made to paint, it can be difficult to remove the old paint and touch up your property. Removing old paint isn’t as easy as using a pressure washer or sandblasting the surface, as it can further damage the brick structure. To get rid of the paint, it must be chemically stripped off, which is exhausting and tedious.

WHEN CAN YOU PAINT BRICKS? – – While most bricks will not work, there are some that are made specifically for painting. This type of brick is extremely unusual and is usually found in houses built or handcrafted before 1870. You can spot a brick suitable for painting if you see it is faded or whitewashed. In addition, there are paints that have been developed for bricks such as mineral or silicate paints. Brick structures that are in a dry room in your home can be painted because they will not withstand the same weather conditions as the outside.

Overall, painting your bricks can be an option to avoid, especially if the property is historic. While bricks are a sturdy material that can maintain structural integrity for years, painting them can cause them to deteriorate quickly, which can be expensive to repair. Before picking up the brush, check that the brick can be painted without causing damage or wearing out quickly.

Rich Cosgrove is President of the Stark Trumbull Area Realtors, which serve Counties of Stark, Carroll and Trumbull. Visit www.star.realtor for a full list of brokers and affiliate members. If you have any questions or comments about this article, contact Cosgrove at [email protected]

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