We’ve planned on painting the brick on our new house from the beginning, but we’ve seen some really pretty limewash brick houses lately. This has us thinking of maybe lime washing instead especially since we have heard so many great reviews of Romabio products that make limewashing so much easier.
We have some experience with painted brick, but not with lime wash. So in an effort to make an educated decision, I’ve been doing some research on both to help us make up our minds. This is a big decision, so I want to make sure we make the right one.
Painted brick has always been a favorite of ours. As I mentioned, Henry and I have a little experience with this. We painted a flip house a couple of years ago using this Graco Magnum paint sprayer. The house had the ugliest brick I had ever seen. We painted it white and it was a complete transformation. Multiple people would stop by each day to ask about the painted brick. I’m convinced the painted exterior was one of the top reasons the house sold quickly.
So let’s talk about the pros and cons of painted brick.
Painting your brick will give your house a fresh timeless look, whether it’s new construction or a remodel. Since our home is a new construction, we will use the cheapest brick we can find, because it will be covered up with paint. But when doing this, it’s important to make sure all of the brick you use has the same texture, because the texture will show through the paint.
The money saved on the brick will offset the cost of the paint, material, and labor.
Another pro is being able to choose the exact color you want. If we go the painted route, we know we will be doing some shade of white. In my opinion, there aren’t many things more beautiful than a white-painted brick house!
Now for a few cons. While traditional nonpainted brick is practically no maintenance, painted brick does have some upkeep. It will require pressure washing every so often and eventually it will need to be repainted.
There is also a chance of trapping moisture which can cause mold build-up and cause the brick to break down over time. To avoid this you can use a mineral-based paint that allows your brick to breathe.
What is Limewash Brick?
Limewash is a special coating made from slaked lime—a type of alkaline material derived from limestone and clay—that has been mixed with water. This mixture can be brushed on exterior walls just like paint, but unlike paint, limewash doesn’t form a solid film when it dries. Instead, it leaves behind a breathable layer that allows moisture to evaporate rather than accumulate within the wall. This makes limewash ideal for protecting exposed brick from the elements while still allowing them to breathe.
Limewash also has an attractive aesthetic appeal due to its chalky texture and muted colors. The end result is an aged look like that of homes found in European villas.
Limewash brick is definitely a beautiful technique that is becoming more and more popular. It’s a technique that gives your house an old-world European look. When done correctly, it can give dated brick new life, or make your new home look like it has been there for ages – in a good way!
It’s something we are loving right now but fear it may be something we get tired of.
Pros of Limewash Brick
A pro of limewash is that it will not peel off like normal paint since it penetrates the brick. This means less maintenance than painted brick. It also lets the brick breathe.
And speaking of less maintenance, since limewashed brick creates a worn and weathered look, natural wearing and aging will be less noticeable.
Another positive of limewash is that it’s all-natural. It doesn’t have chemicals in it like regular paint.
A big con for us with limewash is we would have to use a specific kind of brick since the color of the bricks will be partially visible. This means no money savings by using a cheaper brick as we would have with painting.
Limewash creates a very unique look, one that needs to be done correctly to look good. This can be a con if you don’t hire someone who knows what they’re doing.
After a bunch of research, weighing out the pros and cons, and looking at a lot of inspirational pictures, we’ve decided to go with painted brick. I think for the look we are going for, it makes more sense.
We do love limewash. And even though we’re not doing it on this house, maybe we can try it on a flip house at some point in the near future.
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