One of the hottest trends in home building is painted brick. People are always searching for ways to make their homes stand out and reflect their personality and style, and painting brick is a fantastic way to achieve that goal.
While some might be wary of taking on a brick painting project because of the risks, the fact of the matter that painting brick can be done in a way that eliminates maintenance. Careful planning is a must; if you have any questions about painting brick in your home, don’t hesitate to contact Holmes by Design.
This is the question that many individuals building or remodeling a home find themselves facing. Of the many factors that go into answering this question, the two major competing influences are risks and style.
Is the risk worth the reward?
Of course! Especially considering the risks aren’t as daunting as they are made out to be.
If painted brick is the look you’ve always wanted, then painted brick is the look you deserve!
Bricks are naturally durable, making prep work a necessity.
Pores in bricks are notoriously good at trapping moisture. Make sure that your brick is completely dry before moving forward, as moisture can present long-term issues with the effectiveness of your paint.
One sign of moisture in bricks is the buildup of a familiar white substance usually seen on older bricks. This salt buildup is called “efflorescence” and can be easily removed with water and a durable brush.
Once this residue is removed, it is best to treat dry brick walls with an alkaline-resistant primer to counteract the alkalinity of the mortar that keeps the bricks in place. You will also want to seal or repair any cracks in your bricks before painting.
This is a question that requires a good amount of research, as it might be the most important decision you make. The answer to this question varies depending on if you are looking to paint an interior or exterior wall. Since exterior walls come into contact with the elements, they need to be treated differently. A porous paint is great for exterior walls because it will allow the painted bricks to “breathe.”
Interior walls will not be exposed to the sun, rain, and other external elements. This means that you have some more options at your disposal, but experts still recommend using a breathable latex paint.
One thing that can benefit both interior and exterior walls is the application of a primer before painting. If you are unsure about which paint to use, you can always contact a local remodeling professional for advice.
Holmes by Design is here to help you with any remodeling project. Get in touch with us today to learn how our team will work with you from start to finish to make your dreams a reality.