So, you bought a house in the suburbs. Unfortunately, many homeowners in the Littleton and Denver metro area have decided to paint over the beautiful, rich brick homes common in the area. Hiring a professional painter to cover your Littleton exterior painting will provide the best, most long-lasting results.
Brick Home Painting
One of the reasons people love having brick homes is the low-maintenance side of this material. You don’t need to paint it. It requires little care. It looks good and protects in all seasons, in all kinds of weather.
Until you get sick of the color. Which in the case of the former owners of your home is what obviously happened. At some point they grew tired of the “brick” color and decided to paint it to make it fit in with the times. Unfortunately for you, you are now stuck with the maintenance of caring for painted brick.
Brick Material and Paint
Brick in itself is a durable building material with built in color. Brick was never intended to be painted. However that doesn’t stop some people from painting it to change the color of their home.
Once you’re finished painting brick, you have two options: maintaining the paint or remove the paint.
Just like wood siding, once brick has been painted, it needs to be painted on a regular basis. How often is determined by the quality of the brick. If brick is in good quality and repair, on average it will need to be repainted every three to five years. It the brick is chipping, deteriorating, molding or in overall bad condition, it will be a bad candidate for paint. And therefore show wear on a much quicker basis.
Removing Paint from Brick
To remove paint from brick, Littleton exterior painters use chemicals and a lot of cleaning. In some cases the paint will never entirely come off, meaning you’re stuck with a spotted look of brick and left over color chips. If you don’t like the look, you’re either stuck with it or will be required to repaint it.
While brick is a hard surface, there are many places water can enter – one area that is always a big concern for color longevity. Water can enter through brick pores, incomplete mortar joints, sills, and gaps.And once moisture gets in, the risk begins. Moisture will cause paint to not adhere, and eventually chip away from the brick itself.
Littleton Exterior Painting
If painting brick is in your future, the key is quality. Make sure your brick is clean and ready for paint. It should be completely sealed to avoid moisture problems. Seal cracks, repair mortar, and make sure the brick is completely dry before applying paint. And before doing anything, talk with your professional painter first. They will have all kinds of advice on how to create a color and style that works for you.