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Should I Use Brick Staining or Brick Painting for my Bricks?

If you’re the proud owner of a brick house but want to update your home’s exterior, you may be wondering what the best course of action is. Brick is a bit tricky compared to other surfaces like vinyl, aluminum, or stucco because you have more options.

Over time, your exterior brick can wear just like any other exterior. Especially in Toronto, where we see distinct seasons. You may feel that your brick needs to be refreshed. We’re here to answer if brick staining or brick painting is the best option for your home. If you’re considering either of these services, this blog post is for you.

Brick Staining or Brick Painting

Toronto and Area Brick Homes

Both exterior brick methods have their advantages and disadvantages. If you’ve never painted your bricks before, you can opt for either method. In case you aren’t sure if your bricks have had work done to them previously, there’s a quick water splash test you can do to make sure. Whether the brick absorbs the water, it can be stained. And if the water does not absorb and beads down the wall, it cannot be stained. In that case, your only option would be brick painting services.

Brick Painting

Painting your bricks is not only a great way to protect them from the elements. It allows you to update and refresh your home. One of the most significant advantages to painting your bricks is that the protective barrier created by the paint protects it from weather, harmful bugs and helps prevent damage.

You also have endless options when it comes to painting colour. So you can really improve the look of your home and amp up your curb appeal. It can be an easier DIY job compared to brick staining as well.

Since paint doesn’t soak into each brick, you’ll find that painting your bricks requires more maintenance than staining them. It’s recommended that you repaint every three to five years, depending on how they’ve held up.

It’s important to note that once you’ve painted your bricks, you will be unable to stain them in the future.

exterior brick painting

Brick Staining

Brick staining is a method that applies pigment directly onto the porous brick. It becomes a permanent fixture of your home. Staining acts as a dye where painting changes the colour.

Staining is a bit better for the health of your brick because it allows for the surface to breathe, whereas, with painting, it becomes fully covered without allowing airflow. It also helps prevent water absorption, which increases the longevity of the colour and helps prevent cracking.

You may think that there are only specific colours you can choose for brick staining. We offer plenty of colour options that won’t make you feel limited in any way. We also offer unique brick stain matching to your original bricks. 

Brick staining can last up to 15 years

So it’s more cost-effective than painting. Which may end up costing more in maintenance and having to repaint every few years. It’s not prone to chipping or flaking like paint is.

The downside to brick staining is the sheer amount of time it takes. Painting is quite convenient and easy to apply, aside from challenging spots to reach. Brick staining takes many layers of stain, and you’ll have to do a top-notch cleaning job before starting. If there’s any damage before staining, it won’t adhere well to broken or decaying brick. Some brick types are better at absorbing stain than others.

exterior brick staining

Suppose you’re looking to stain your exterior brick house in Toronto. In that case, we’ll always recommend hiring a professional based on the amount of time it takes to achieve the best look.

The Best Option For You

Once you know the difference between these two brick options, that might help you make a more informed choice for your home. 

Supposing you want a preventive measure that is more convenient right now, painting is your best option. 

If you want a solution that may cost more upfront but last around three times as long without much maintenance while maintaining the integrity of your bricks, STAINING IS THE BEST OPTION.

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If you reside in Toronto and the GTA and need some help with your brick staining job, don’t hesitate to call us! In case you have doubts about doing the job yourself, you can always hire a company to do the hard work for you. Home Painters Toronto has over 35 years of exterior and interior work experience. Companies like us will ensure that the staining of your brick exterior is done flawlessly with no error.

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From The Owner & Founder



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I’m both deeply honoured and flattered you are considering using our painting services.

Since 1987 when I was at York University simply earning my way through school, I’ve had the privilege to meet and work with thousands of amazing homeowners like yourself.

Besides the birth of my daughter, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing a homeowner’s life change when we have transformed their dream home into a masterpiece. For that reason, our painters take their jobs very seriously and are committed to our cause.

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