Is Painting Brick a Good Idea?

If you want to change the color of some bricks you have, you essentially have two different options:

  • Paint the bricks
  • Stain the bricks

But knowing those two options, there’s an important question to ask: Is painting brick a good idea?

Brick Painting and Brick Staining may seem like the same thing but they aren’t. Whether you choose to paint your brick or stain it, there are several things you need to take into consideration first.

Brick Painting

Painting brick is one of the most popular DIY trends right now. It’s easy to do and can change the entire look and feel of whichever room the brick is located in.

It also requires maintenance to keep up with the look and feel of the room. Expect to repaint it every 3-5 years due to the paint peeling from the surface of the brick.

If you aren’t painting a very large area on the interior of your house, brick painting is cheap and easy to do. But, does painting brick ruin it? Potentially.

Brick Staining

If you’d like to change the look and feel of the exterior of your house while also protecting it for a longer period of time, brick staining is a much better choice. When you stain brick using our Stayntech® technology, it’s absorbed by the brick and forms a powerful chemical barrier that also protects it from the elements. It changes the color, but not the surface of the brick.

Is painting brick a good idea

Why Painting Brick Is Bad

It sounds so much easier to just go to the hardware store and but some paint, but you want to first ask yourself: “Is painting brick a good idea?” Painting your brick also traps in moisture while brick staining allows the brick to breathe. Bricks have a naturally porous surface that needs to breathe to maintain itself.

When you paint brick, a few potential problems arise:

  • The paint saturates the pores preventing the flow of air.
  • The paint also stops it from effectively releasing moisture.
  • As more moisture builds up, it will come through the surface of the brick resulting in the paint peeling from the surface.

Also, It really doesn’t matter whether you’re painting interior brick or something on the outside – both are going to cause problems and need a lot of maintenance.

Why brick painting isn't the best option

Why Brick Staining is Better

Stayntech® allows the brick to maintain its original physical properties so that it successfully releases moisture and prevents build-up. With Stayntech, you won’t have to paint your brick every 3-5 years as your bricks will be able to breathe and release moisture without any blistering, chipping, or peeling.

Painting brick leaves an artificial film over it while Stayntech® forms a penetrating bond.

This is the biggest reason that staining your brick can change the entire look and feel of not only your own home but an entire neighborhood.

So you started off by asking, is painting brick a good idea? The answer is no, but that doesn’t mean you can’t change the color of your brick to give it a fresh and clean appearance!

If you’re interested in getting your brick stained, please feel free to give us a call! We have worked with thousands of commercial and residential brick staining clients around the United States. Our exclusive Stayntech® technology will not only make your brick look brand new, but it will also protect it and prevent breakdowns by allowing it to breathe.


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