Should I paint the brick on my house?

Question by Diana3122: Should I paint the brick on my house?

I have a brick house with some wood siding. We are planning on painting the siding and are considering painting the brick too. I like the look of painted brick and think it might freshen everything up. Is there any reason why we should not paint the brick? Thanks!

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9 Responses to “Should I paint the brick on my house?”

  1. Laurence W November 4, 2010 at 9:16 pm #

    Resale value if most people don’t like it. Check with a local real estate person.

  2. Jeff W November 4, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    I like the look of brick so I would never paint mine; however that is not your question. Brick is not easy to paint and it takes a lot of paint to cover it well. Your best bet is to spray it professionally or rent a sprayer. Also remember the effects of the sun and elements. Don’t paint it a color that will hold extra heat in the summer or not absorb heat in the winter.

  3. p_coladog November 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm #

    Painting your brick will be the biggest mistake you will ever make as a homeowner.

    I wish I could stop you from doing it.

    I hope you take this advice.

  4. belligerent assistant November 4, 2010 at 11:21 pm #

    One thing, get the correct paint because I know it will peel if you don’t.

    A good paint dealer should tell you what kind or someone else on here.

  5. wheeza7geeza November 5, 2010 at 12:20 am #

    Two reasons to consider.Natural brick absorbs heat, and the heat is contained in the brick. Paint the brick white for instance and you will keep a certain amount of heat out.Paint it a darker colour, and you will increase the heat retained in the brick. Once you do paint, you can’t change your mind easily. Good Luck!

  6. Aj~ November 5, 2010 at 12:49 am #

    If u’r gonna paint u’r brick outside, u need to prepare it to accept the paint thru the weather. On the OTHER hand… y not just enhanse u’r brick by putting a glaze/stain over it. U’ll need to pressure wash it as well & let it throughly dry then take a stain of the same shade or of one of the colors & go over it. Or u can make a glaze w/ outdoor paint. The stain & glaze will protect u’r brick from the elements & if it comes off… it will blend in & look like the brick already.

    Painted brick is nice to some extent, but outside, I wouldn’t mess w/ it unless u get some concrete stain. Ask u’r hardware paint dept. If u’r really wanting to paint the brick. Don’t use ordinary outdoor house paint . It won’t last on outdoor brick.

  7. Bricky Local 9 PA November 5, 2010 at 1:15 am #

    painting brick is sacrilege

  8. Colleen C November 5, 2010 at 1:25 am #

    You have to first use a specific primer make for masonry or brick, then use regular exterior paint on top of that.

  9. AmericanBrickCo October 28, 2011 at 11:11 pm #

    Q&A: I am planning to paint the outside of my house it’s pa brick and pa wood?


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