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Should I paint my brick house?

A brick exterior instantly provides a home with a classic, comfortable look. On the other hand, brick houses are not exactly unique! So if you’re tired of your home’s exterior, you’re not alone! Our clients have asked us plenty of times with brick homes if painting over them is possible. The short answer is: absolutely! More and more people in the Massachusetts area are opting to paint their brick exteriors, giving them a new life and a different style. But, before you paint your brick house, it’s essential to take a few things into consideration.

It’s possible to alter the look and feel of a brick house in relatively little time, making it feel like a brand new home! You can paint the exterior white for a crisp, clean look or if you’re looking for something more dramatic and trendy, try a nice grey color. But, of course, many people also decide to go with beige, and that look can be classic and sophisticated.

When looking for inspiration, you might look at social media sites like Pinterest - or you can consult with us - your painting specialists. One of our favorite parts of the job is helping our clients pick the perfect color for their home’s exterior! If you decide to look for photo inspiration, keep in mind that if your home is a different style than the one pictured - it will significantly affect the final outcome.

Another important thing to consider is the irreversibility of painting a brick exterior. Once you paint your house, there really isn’t any going back. It will be difficult (if not impossible) for you to revert back if you find yourself missing your classic brick home. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it’s something to put some thought into.

Additionally, painted bricks tend to look dirty more quickly than unpainted bricks, so you’ll probably need to clean and pressure wash the surface more often. Typically, you’ll also need to repaint your bricks every five to seven years to prevent the paint from cracking, peeling, or chipping. This will also keep moisture from getting into your home.

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