Brick exterior is a fine choice and has with it many positives — it’s durable, it requires relatively little maintenance, and it has a certain aesthetic quality that many people like.
With the aesthetic aspect, however, there are two schools of thought — one that says that a brick exterior should be painted, and the other that says that it should not be painted.
Those who swear by painting brick exterior will often say that there really is no other way, but those who abide by not painting will tell you the opposite is true.
By painting your brick exterior, you are providing it with a layer of protection against moisture intrusion and the growth of mold.
By painting the exterior you are extending the life of it.
It is almost like having a fence around your fence, so to speak.
The amount of preparation work that goes into painting a brick exterior can be downright staggering.
All the dirt and grime that has built up on the brick exterior has to be first properly removed.
This can be achieved with a number of techniques but it absolutely must be done well or the brick exterior will not be in a state to be properly painted.
The exact reason some would say not to paint brick — because you have to clean it thoroughly first — is the reason that others would say that you absolutely must paint brick.
Once the brick is painted, it is significantly easier to clean and maintain than unpainted brick.
For this reason alone some people swear by always painting brick exteriors.
If we do not choose the right product, there is the possibility of moisture entering the bricks but not having a way out of them.
You don’t want any paint product unless it allows moisture out without allowing it in.
Without the right product, you might get long-term brick damage from a buildup of moisture.
Curb appeal is a magic set of words that people who are looking to eventually sell their home love to hear as in, “Oh, if you do this and that it will boost your curb appeal!”
The second they hear about the remote possibility of something boosting their home’s curb appeal, they want in on that so to speak.
Generally, a home with a painted brick exterior has a higher curb appeal, and an increased market value, which is also something that people want to hear when they know they will eventually sell their home (and hope to make some a profit on it.)
Once you go down the road of the painted exterior brick home, that is pretty much it — you have a home that has a painted exterior.
It is quite possibly close to impossible and extremely impractical to remove the paint from the exterior of a brick home.
That being the case, homeowners have the option of changing the color of their home by painting it an entirely different color or colors if so desired.
The upside to this downside is that it is easier to prepare the home for painting.
If you need reliable, durable, and high-quality residential repainting service in Apollo Beach, FL, Brandon, FL/Valrico, FL, or Riverview, FL, our team at American Veteran Painting has got you covered.
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