When you have a brick house, you may be wondering if it will be a good thing to paint it — and are there any possible downsides to it?
As it turns out, there are certainly downsides to painting a brick exterior, one of which is that you will not be able to get back your brick to its unpainted state — more on that further down — and it is fundamentally up to you to decide if you will want to make that long term investment in your home.
When you have a brick exterior, it is vulnerable to the harsher weather in that brick is an extremely porous material, and that is what makes it susceptible to things like severe rain and snow.
When you paint the exterior of your brick house with paint, however, you add a layer of protection in that paint is not porous and therefore, will be good in protecting the exterior from such things.
When you have a painted brick exterior, you will find yourself having to clean the exterior of your home more often.
The reason that this tends to be the case is that you find that it is more visible — in this case, being the dirt, the grime, the mildew, and the other things that get your home’s exterior to be dirty.
An unpainted brick exterior hides these types of things much better, but do you want to consider the idea that your home may be dirty without you knowing about it?
A significant benefit of a painted brick exterior is that it is far easier to clean than an unpainted brick exterior.
The reason this is the case is due to the porous nature of brick — you will find that you have to dig deep to get into cleaning the brick exterior when it is not painted.
When it is painted, however, the kinds of things that will get your home’s exterior dirty will be a lot easier to remove.
With few exceptions, once you have your brick exterior painted, you have gone on a one-way road from which you really cannot easily return.
This is because when you attempt to remove paint from the exterior of almost any surface, it is pretty straightforward — there are chemicals out there that will help you strip paint from those surfaces.
Removing paint from a brick exterior is different, however, as a result of the very nature of brick being a porous material — and you will find that even if you do manage to get the paint off of the brick, you will invariably do some damage to the brick in the process.
In short, you will not have a brick surface that looks at all like the brick was before the painting process.
Using paint is a great way to add a splash of color to your home — and in fact, it’s a way that you can add more than one color to the exterior of your home.
It’s entirely possible to use more than one color to paint the exterior of your home though ultimately, it is up to your discretion to decide what colors will be right for you.
The best thing about painting the exterior of your home with paint is that if you don’t like how it looks, you can switch it up and change it with different color paint.
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