There’s a lot of reasons to paint your brick house a pretty color – not least because in 2020, you are probably sick of the sight it after being locked down for most of the year! But what are the pros and cons of painting your brick house?
Pros Of Painting Brick
· It Looks Better – Put simply, brick looks better painted and that is especially true of any older building where there is fading and signs of decay.
· It Improves Its Curb Appeal – Any improvement in the overall look of your property is bound to translate into cold, hard cash. And if you are looking to sell your home, you should seriously consider adding a facelift on the front of your house.
· It Protects It – By painting your house’s brickwork, you are doing more than just making it look pretty – you are ensuring it is protected against excess moisture and molding.
Put simply, a layer of paint acts as a shield that will bolster your brickwork against the excesses of the environment.
· Maintenance Is Easy – By painting the front of your brick house, you make it easier to maintain.
Cleaning is a lot easier on a painted brick surface than a rough one. By painting it, you prevent dirt and muck getting into the pores and fissures of the brick.
- It Is Time Consuming – There’s no denying it – painting the exterior of your house is time-consuming and you need to think carefully before doing it!
First, you will need to thoroughly clean the exterior of the property, preferably with a pressure washer. You will then need to work through all the house’s flaws – filling in every crack and fixing every crumbling frame – are you sure you are ready for that?
If you do not think you have the time or ability to get through it, then we recommend hiring a professional painter to do it for you.
· Damp And Moisture – Unfortunately, sealing the front of the house might mean sealing in problems.
In humid climes, a painted surface can actually trap the moisture within it. This in turn makes it hard for your bricks to breathe, especially if you live in a state with high humidity.
The end result can be rooms trapped with damp and no way of getting rid of it.
However, the damp coursing problems can be counteracted by choosing the correct paint to coat the front of the house with.
Ideally, you want to be looking for paint that will allow moisture to leave the brickwork but stop more getting in.
· You Are Changing The Building Forever – Before you launch that color at the walls, it pays to take a small time to stop and pay attention to what you are doing.
It is worth asking if this is the right decision for you and if you will be happy with the results.
Although it is possible to repaint, it is actually very hard work, and we encourage you to think of your repaint as Year Zero. It is going to be hard to paint over it if you don’t like it, and there’s no going back to how it was before.
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