If the colour of your home’s exterior brick is unattractive, staining it costs about $0.65 per square foot on average including materials and labour. When you consider the powerful transformation of an instant exterior brick facelift on the facade of your home, that’s excellent value. Here’s what to consider about exterior brick staining to improve your home’s curb appeal.
How much does exterior brick staining cost?
1. Is your brick in good shape?
Brick is one of the most durable exterior cladding options there is and it’s expensive to replace. A brick home also sells for about 10 per cent higher than a home of vinyl or aluminum siding so it’s well worth investing in.
2. Choosing stain colour
So if you hate the exterior brick colour of your home, staining it even if it’s from light to dark or a completely different colour will transform it. Your paint professional can advise on what colour transitions will work best. For example, staining from light grey to dark red, or pale yellow to dark beige will be more effective than going from dark to light — but it can be done depending on the shade.
3. The advantages of staining over painting
Staining exterior brick is often a better option than painting because staining is a translucent film that is more natural looking when applied. Stain penetrates the brick’s pores instead of masking it like paint does. So even when you touch stained brick, it still feels like brick. There are dozens of stain colours to choose from so you shouldn’t have a problem finding a colour you like.
4. Preparing the brick
First ensure that your exterior brick and grout are in excellent shape and have a contractor or masonry expert replace bricks and grout that’s missing or badly chipped before staining. The facade will also have to be power-washed to remove dirt and debris. The cleaner the surface, the better the stain will adhere.
5. No maintenance required
Since the stain seeps into the exterior brick and becomes a component of it, there is no maintenance required. The stain won’t lift, flake or peel off. However, be sure to choose a high-quality stain product with a long warranty. Your contractor will do a stain test to ensure the brick will absorb to right — as well as confirm that it’s the exact stain colour you want. Choosing a stain colour in a store can be a lot different than seeing it in natural sunlight
6. Stain the grout or not?
Decide whether you want the grout stained as well, since this decision can greatly affect the price. If you want the grout stained the same colour as the brick, your contractor can use a sprayer which makes the staining job much faster and easier — and therefore lowers the cost of exterior brick staining. If you don’t want the grout colour to change from its current colour, then the contractor will need to use a brush and stain each brick individually. That takes a lot of time and increase the cost of exterior brick staining.
Although the old adage, “Don’t judge a book by its cover” may apply to many things in life, when it comes to homes, the more attractive its cover — or curb appeal — the happier you’ll be living there and the better return on investment you’ll enjoy if you decide to sell.
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