Read my 18 TOP PROS & CONS of painting exterior brick before you paint a brick house. With full before & after for our white brick house.
Should You Paint A Brick House?
Are you trying to decide whether or not to paint a brick house, I understand how confusing and hard this decision can sometimes be.
I thought about painting our brick house white for a few years before I finally decided to do it.
So, I decided to put together this big list of PROS and CONS to hopefully help other people decide whether or not to paint their brick house.
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The Paint We Used On Our House
We went with Sherwin Williams Loxon XP paint for our brick. The COLOR we used is called EXTRA WHITE.
You can find the product description and specifications for Loxon XP on the SW site here.
The greyish-brown we used on the shutters, garage doors, and gutters is a Sherwin Williams color called Functional Gray.
Now, let’s get to the 18 top PRO’s and CON’s for painting brick white OR any color, really.
PRO: Completely Changes The Look Of Boring Or Outdated Homes
If your brick house has an outdated or boring look, painting your brick can add instant style AND extra design options. You can use almost any paint color or stain color on shutters, doors, and porches on a white brick house.
Painting brick can also help architectural features in the brick stand out more.
Take my boring brick house for example. I LOVE a southern-style home with well-designed columns and porches. But, our columns looked like an afterthought. They stood out like a sore thumb with absolutely no purpose.
Painting our brick white gave our house a more cohesive look. AND, it took the attention off those oversized columns. Now, our house is eye-catching in a good way.
PRO: Paint Is About 1/3rd The Price Of A Brick Limewash
Limewash on brick and a German Schmear on brick is absolutely beautiful. We had 2 companies quote us to apply a limewash on our brick.
A Limewash on our brick house would have cost us 3 or 4 times as much as we paid to have our house painted.
That was a lot more than I wanted to spend. Luckily, Sherwin Williams makes a GREAT paint that looks beautiful on brick. AND, it’s durable and long-lasting.
BUT, I do LOVE the look of Romabio Classico Limewash. If my house was just a single-story, I might have DIY’d a limewash finish myself. If you don’t know what limewash is, check out Romabio Limewash on Amazon here.
PRO: Brick Paint Is Permanent
When you use a quality exterior paint that is designed for brick, that paint is permanent. You’ll only need to repaint the brick if the color fades OR after years and years of normal wear and tear.
CON: Brick Paint Is Permanent – So Be Sure
Paint is permanent on brick., So, you need to be absolutely sure you want to paint your brick before you do it. The process to try to remove paint on brick can be pretty expensive and it can be damaging to the brick, mortar, and even exterior wood trim.
PRO: Easy Way To Cover Ugly Brick Colors
Some brick colors just don’t look great. Am I right? Painting a brick house with ugly brick is one of the most affordable, best ways to hide a bad brick color.
I kind of liked the brick color on our house. BUT, both of my boys called it the pink house because of the brick color. I’m much happier with the look now that we’ve painted our brick house white.
CON: Using The Wrong Paint On Brick Can Cause Damage
If you want to paint a brick house, the NUMBER ONE tip is to use a paint designed for brick. AND, to follow the manufacturers recommendations for application and prepping the brick for paint.
If you use cheaper, exterior paint that wasn’t made for brick, the paint can peel or bubble on the brick. AND, the wrong paint can also trap moisture in the brick that can lead to permanent damage to the brick.
PRO: Paint Is Easier To Clean Than Brick
Painted brick is SO MUCH easier to clean than brick. With painted brick, you can easily wash off dirt, mud, mold, bird nests, and random bug goo with a light pressure washing.
CON: Painted Brick Needs Maintenance
When you paint a brick house, it does need a little more maintenance than unpainted brick. You’ll have to pressure wash it from time to time. And, you’ll probably need to repaint every 15 to 20 years.
BUT, it’s totally worth it to give your house a beautiful new look!
Can You Paint A Brick House White?
NOW that we’ve covered general PRO’s and CON’s for painting a brick house, let’s talk about the pro’s and con’s for painting a brick house WHITE.
PRO: White Brick = Curb Appeal
People LOVE white houses, that includes a white brick house. Something about all that white paint just makes any house look prettier.
So, if you want to improve your homes curb appeal, paint your brick house white!
PRO: Painting Your Brick White Makes A Home Look BIGGER
Another huge PRO when it comes to painting a brick house white is that white paint makes your house look bigger!
I’m not sure why white paint makes a house look bigger. Maybe it’s just that white paint stands out against your surroundings more than brick.
Whatever the reason, a bigger looking house can also increase curb appeal!
PRO: Landscaping Really POPS Against Painted White Brick
AND, another benefit of painting exterior brick white is that your beautiful flower beds and landscaping will stand out more against painted white brick!
I LOVE the way our Knock-Out Roses and purple bushes POP against our white brick.
CON: Bad Landscaping Will Stand Out More
BUT, the opposite is also true. Bad landscaping and neglected flower beds will be more obvious against white paint. So, keep those flower beds looking nice if you decide to paint a brick house white!
PRO: Holiday Decorations POP too
Painting exterior brick white creates a GREAT background for holiday decorations too. Our Christmas decorations looked better than ever once we painted our house white.
AND, check out how amazing our cool Giant Spider Decorations look at Halloween now!
CON: White Paint Makes Worn Out Things Stand Out
This CON is similar to the con about white paint making your shabby flower beds stand out. White paint will also make a worn out roof, driveway, door, and shutters more obvious too.
Our roof and driveway had some black staining and mildew that was WAY MORE obvious next to that nice, new white brick paint. We had to have them professionally cleaned after painting our brick.
PRO: Bold Door And Shutter Colors Stand Out More
You can use almost any paint color or stain color against a white brick house. Including all of those fun, bold door and shutter colors that are so popular. Like, a beautiful blue or stunning red door!
CON: White Needs To Be Cleaned More Often
Just like with white cars and white clothes, dirt nd stains will show more easily on white painted brick. So, you’ll have to pressure wash more often.
Especially the north side of the house that grows mildew from all the shade.
CON: Watch Out For Dirt Or Mud Stains
And, be sure to keep grass, gravel or mulch on the ground around the house. That way mud doesn’t splash up onto the paint when it rains.
Nothing will make your pretty white brick house look worse than mud stains all along the bottom of the brick.
CON: Bugs and Wasp Nests Show More
Finally, those mud wasp nests, dead gnats, and other bug gunk shows up more against white paint too. So, you’ll have to grab a broom and a hose to clean those off from time to time too.
That’s it for the pros and cons of painting exterior brick. Now, let’s go over some answers to common questions people have about painted brick houses.
Is Painting A Brick House A Good Idea?
So, should you paint a brick house OR paint a brick house white, like me??? That’s up to you. BUT, I will say I LOVE our white brick house.
It’s made a HUGE improvement in curb appeal. We’re so glad we did it! Watch this video to see the full before and after of my painted white brick house.
Is It Expensive To Paint A Brick House White?
That depends on the size of your house and how many stories it has. I recommend getting 3 quotes from highly recommended house painting companies in your area.
Make sure the quote lists the exact paints they’ll use to be sure it’s made for brick.
We went with Sherwin Williams Loxon XP paint for our brick. You can find the product description and specifications on the SW site here.
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Feeling inspired? That’s it for the 18 Pros and Cons to paint a brick house! Let me know if you have questions.
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