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Pros and Cons: Can I Paint Brick?

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Learn whether or not you can paint brick.

Have you ever thought your brick property needs a new paint job? Whether you want to repaint your building or want to enhance its appearance, painting brick is not as simple. Keep reading to learn whether or not you can paint brick.

Drawbacks of Painting Brick

There are several reasons why you must be careful when painting brick. Rather than completing it yourself, you might want to hire a professional. Here are some drawbacks of painting brick on your own.

You Might Accidentally Damage the Brick

Brick has many tiny pores that can trap moisture when it’s painted over. When this occurs, the brick will experience a freeze-and-thaw cycle that can provoke the brick to deteriorate over time due to the moisture freezing inside it. If this constantly happens, your building’s brick and mortar will eventually erode and compromise the structural integrity. In addition, you must use high-quality paint designed for brick if you paint over brick. Any other paint will most likely lead to problems in the long run.

The Brick Can Have a Dirty Appearance

Furthermore, you may get discouraged to hear paint can peel and flake away from the brick if your purpose was to give it a fresh and neat look. In contrast, painting the brick will give your building a neglected and dirty appearance. This will worsen as the bricks continue to deteriorate due to trapped moisture. Also, you might need to repaint your brick every several years to maintain its seamless appearance.

Did You Know that Painted Brick is Permanent?

Were you aware that you will not be able to return your brick’s original state once you paint it over? So, you must determine what paints and colors you want to use and be sure of it. Plus, removing paint from brick is an expensive service, and it can quickly degrade the brick.

Benefits of Painting Brick

Although there are several reasons why you should hesitate to paint over brick, many people still complete it with good reason. A couple of benefits include maintaining your home looking new and neat since the paint will create a smooth surface that’s easy to clean. The paint will also cover up any dirt and debris masking the brick. In addition, choosing the right paint for the job will protect the brick from the environmental elements.


Whether you are ready to start your next masonry project or are still hesitant and have questions, Del Prete Masonry is here to help. We have the experience and expertise to get it right the first time. Questions? Want to visit some of our residential or commercial projects? Ready to set up a consultation? Feel free to give us a call at 410-683-0650 or visit us online. We are happy to serve Baltimore City and County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. To see examples of our work and to keep up with our new and exciting projects, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

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