Painting the brick inside or outside your home is a huge growing trend these days, but is it actually a good idea? Here are some pros and cons to painting brick.
1. Change the look: Painting brick is a relatively easy way to change the look of your home. Whether you’re painting just your fireplace or a whole interior wall, make sure you do some research on the best paint to use and if you should hire professional help.
2. Cost-Effective: Painting brick CAN be cost effective if you decide to use “painter bricks” instead of regular brick. Summit Brick does offer “painter bricks”, which are bricks that are imperfect due to their color or texture and sold for a fraction of the cost! Painting brick that you’re unhappy with is also more cost-effective than doing construction to completely re-do it with another material.
3. Add market value: Some brick colors on older homes might be outdated, so painting the brick is one way to create the home of your dreams without doing any construction. Whether you are just updating a home you can afford or planning on updating your home to sell, painting brick adds curb appeal and market value to your home.
1. More maintenance: Brick, without paint, is pretty much maintenance free so adding coats of paint will require more maintenance on your part to keep it looking nice and clean. There is a chance your painted brick will start to flake and peel, meaning you might have to repaint it every couple of years. Someone looking to purchase a more maintenance-free home could be hesitant about that upkeep.
2. It’s Permanent: Once it’s painted, brick is really hard (and costly!) to get back to it’s original look. So before you go forward with painting your brick, make sure you LOVE it! We’d hate for you to ruin perfectly good brick with paint that you don’t completely love.
3. Hides Damage: Especially on older home, painted brick can hide damage that might be underneath. Cracks, moisture, crumbling brick all can affect the structure of your home and you might not notice it until it’s too late.
4. Changing Trends: Even though painted brick is in right now, that doesn’t mean it will be forever. Brick is a long-lasting, durable, and beautiful material that has stood the test of time and will be around for the long-haul…painted brick might not be.
Before starting any project, make sure you do more research to make sure it’s completed in the best way possible. If you are hesitant to paint the brick in your home, why not start off by considering other changes you could make instead- painting the wall or trim a color that goes with the brick, changing up the furniture in your home, or adding a stain to the brick.
If you decide to go forward with painting brick and are needing “painter bricks” -please contact us with an idea of how many you’re needing and in what texture!