Brick is a sturdy surface that can give way to an aesthetically pleasing feel both on the inside and on the outside of your home. However, it can be difficult to create a new look with the same brick staring back at you year after year.
Solutions do not always include tearing the brick out of the home, since in some cases it maybe what creates the outside barrier of your structure, or is even used as an accent in major interior construction. So what do you do when you’ve got a brick wall that you want to makeover?
We sought answers from expert estimator, Jim Falk.
Q: Is it a good idea to paint over brick?
A: There is no right or wrong answer here. Once it is painted, it will need to be maintained, but it does hold paint beautifully if prepped and primed correctly. Brick is typically painted to change the aesthetic look of a home.
Q: Tell me a little bit about the preparation of how this would work. Brick, depending on the type, can be porous. Is that correct? Any special pre-treatment that needs to happen to ensure that the brick is sealed?
A: Prep consists of a pressure wash to remove dirt, molds, moss, and mildew. After dry, a full coat of masonry conditioner primer is applied. This penetrates very deeply, offers a superior bond, and offers enhanced moisture resistance. Once this is applied, the final two coats are high quality acrylic masonry grade paint. A total of three coats are applied to brick when never painted before. One prime coat (the masonry conditioner) and two finish.
Q: Do you see a lot of painted brick in your area?
A: There are some homes in our area that have painted brick. Not at all uncommon for our area.
Q: Is the process of painting bricks different for interior and exterior?
A. Nolan Painting uses the same process as mentioned above for both exterior and interior preparation. It is important to thoroughly clean brick before starting any type of painting. This will ensure no underlying mold; mildew or other environmental factors affect the look, feel and integrity of the surface.
Q: Are there any particular paint colors that you recommend when painting bricks?
A: When painting brick your color palate is limitless, however focus on the preparation is essential and will help the end result be cohesive and consistent.
Q: Do you paint the grout?
A: Yes, all of the brick and mortar (as the joints are called) are painted. If any of the mortar joints are deteriorated, Nolan Painting will repair these prior to application.
Q: Should I call Nolan Painting for my brick painting jobs?
A: Of course! We put the same care and meticulous attention to detail into painting brick homes as we do painting any home in the Main Line, Pennsylvania, or surrounding areas. As local painters, we make it our mission to ensure we are a full-service painting company. We don’t want you to have to go anywhere else for your painting needs, whether you need interior painting, exterior painting, wood replacement, carpentry, brick painting or more.
As you can see, painting bricks can change the entire landscape of your home’s exterior or interior. Nolan Painting helps you create a look that you will love for years with high quality painting without the mess.
Nolan Painting has seen and painted plenty of brick homes in the Main Line area and surrounding areas like Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. You can be sure we have the knowledge and experience to do as great a job with your brick house as we do with all the homes we paint.
We know you treasure your brick home and may have some reservations about painting over that brick. We’ll work with you to find just the right color you’re comfortable with and make sure to leave you with painted brick that will have you smiling. As members of the local Pennsylvania community, we’re heavily invested in making sure you love the look of your home.Place your trust in our team to give you a finished look that you and your family will be proud of. For more information on our exterior or interior painting service contact our team today.