Pros And Cons Of Painting Your Brick Exterior in Cincinnati, OH

Pros And Cons Of Painting Your Brick Exterior in Cincinnati, OH


When you're looking at improving the look of your home and it just so happens to have a brick exterior, you face a dilemma unlike the houses that have exteriors made of other materials.

Specifically, as will be discussed later in this article, there are many nuances to painting a brick exterior that are not like other material exteriors.


With that being the case, here are some (but not all) of the pros and cons of painting your brick exterior in Cincinnati, OH.


Pro: Painting Protects Against The Elements

When you look at your typical brick exterior, you are basically looking at an exterior that is quite vulnerable to the elements -- and there's a certain amount of rain that a brick can take.

With time, water can actually penetrate through a brick wall -- but this is certainly less the case when it comes to a painted brick wall.

The reason that this is the case is that the paint actually seals in the bricks and precludes water from penetrating the surface of the brick wall.

There is, however, one small condition you should be aware of, and it can be quite significant if you're not careful.


Con: Painting Brick May Allow Water To Get Trapped

One downside to painting your brick is that you may find yourself with water that gets under the surface of the paint -- and depending on the paint, it may not be able to escape.

The problem with this is that if the water is not allowed to escape, it will stay in the brick itself and over time cause damage to the brick.

It's rather unfortunate because you really have no way to know that it's happening until you discover damaged brick -- and by then it may very well be quite damaged beyond recovery, requiring the segments to be entirely replaced.

The upside is that there are more paints out there meant for painting brick that is also breathable, meaning that it allows water and moisture to escape.

If you use that kind of breathable paint (which may be more costly but certainly worth the cost) you won't have the issue with water getting trapped the same way.


Pro: Improves The Look Of Brick

Brick tends to come in just one color, depending on where you get it -- and that can get a bit dull when you're looking at how you can possibly update your home exterior appearance.

When you paint the exterior of your brick home, however, you are expanding the possibilities of how the home looks.

There are so very many paint colors that look excellent on a brick surface that it's just a matter of finding the right color for you.

Of course, there are so many ways to choose a color but as long as the color works for your particular needs, that's all that matters.


Con: Cannot Be Undone

When it comes to just about any surface, you will be able to apply a coat of paint and if you don't like the way that it looks, ultimately be able to remove it and have it looking the way it did.

This is not the way it goes with a brick exterior -- you can paint it, but you basically cannot un-paint it.

You can certainly try to remove the paint from the surface of the brickwork but you will never have a brick that looks like the unpainted brick you had beforehand.

With this being true, you have to carefully consider if you are ready to commit to having a brick exterior that is painted going forward.


Johnson Specialty Painters prides itself on being the premier cabinet refinishers in Dayton, OH. We can handle your interior painting needs. Call us at 937-430-2669 to set up an appointment.

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