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Paint Brick Exteriors to Be Trendy? There’s No Going Back

Refreshing old brick exteriors with paint gives a listing a new, clean look. But what if the current trend fades? Removing paint later is close to impossible.

SEATTLE – It’s trendy to paint a brick house white, and some homeowners are jumping on the bandwagon.

However, many people have strong views and believe you should never paint over original brick.

Painting a house offers a modern update to a home’s exterior and can boost curb appeal, according to a 2021 report on the exterior and interior color trends by Clever Real Estate.

“Going with a trendy color is a great way to maximize your home’s appeal – but don’t get lost in the crowd” so the home’s exterior looks the same as every other house on the block, the report notes.

Exterior color schemes usually change every 10 to 20 years. Some of the trendiest exterior colors for 2021 include whites, grays or darker slate tones, according to Consumer Reports.

To get the white-house look, homeowners are painting over their brick, and there are some advantages to doing so. Painting original brick can offer some additional benefits, notes a recent blog post at Redfin on the pros and cons of painted brick. Original brick can deteriorate over time and trap water within the pores. Paint can lock that moisture out.

Painted brick can also be easy to maintain, simply by using a hose to remove dirt and debris. Note: Pressure washing could damage the paint.

But the biggest con to carefully consider before painting the brick?

“Getting back to the look of the original brick is nearly impossible once it is painted,” Redfin’s blog post warns. “Not only is it difficult to retrieve the authentic look, but painting with the wrong paint can trap existing moisture and cause damage.” The home will likely never be restored to how it looked before.

Also, unpainted brick is relatively maintenance free, but after a few years, paint will begin to peel. Homeowners who sign onto the white-house trend will likely need to apply a new application every three to five years.

Source: “Painting Brick: To Paint or Not to Paint Your Home,” Redfin Blog (Oct. 20, 2021) and “Best Colors to Sell a House,” Clever Real Estate (Aug. 13, 2021)

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