When you have a brick exterior home, you have a home that is quite durable and in the mind of some reminiscent of the story of three pigs who were trying to build really solid homes.
When it comes to exterior design, however, there are often two schools of thought when it comes to whether you should consider painting your brick exterior.
Those who say you should not do so have solid reasons, but those who say that you should do have some compelling points to make as well.
The first question you should ask yourself is if you are okay with having painted brick exterior for the duration of the ownership of the home.
The reason for this is because once painted, it is nearly impossible if not outright impossible to remove paint from brick — and even if you do manage to remove it, the brick is forever damaged. It will never be quite the way that it was when it was first built.
Brick on its own is a somewhat porous material, which means that rain and snow have an easier time of getting into it.
Of course, you don’t often hear of people who have homes that have rain enter them on account of the rain, but if you think about the damage that rain does over years — carving holes in stone, etc. — you can imagine that it would do about the same to brick.
When you paint brick, it is like putting a big raincoat on your home, and it provides layers of protection to it.
A rather frightening aspect of painted brick is that if water somehow gets inside, it might rot the brick from the inside, and then you won’t even know about it until well into the rotting process — and it will involve quite a lot of brick that needs to be removed.
There are ways to protect yourself from the possibility of this rot; you have to ensure that any crevices and cracks are properly sealed before you begin the painting process.
Curb appeal refers to the value of the house as perceived by people who are looking at it from the street.
One of the great things about the painted brick exterior is that it enhances your curb appeal, meaning that it will increase the perceived value of your home as far as people go who are looking at it from the street.
This can be terrifically useful if you are looking to sell the house eventually.
If you are looking to change the look of your house and you have a brick exterior, painting the brick exterior is pretty much one of the best ways that you are going to be able to go.
The problem with not painting your brick exterior is that there’s only so much you can do to it to change the appearance without actually painting it or making some significant changes.
Once you are already in the realm of making significant changes, some would say that you may as well go ahead and make the one change from which there’s no going back — painting the exterior of your brick home.
This might be the favorite of some people — painted brick exterior is easier to clean.
Because of the non-porous quality of paint, the surface of the house is a lot easier to clean once you have it painted.
Hi-Tech Painting & Decorating can help you with your interior painting needs. Contact us here or give us a call at 920-457-7695.