If you’re not happy with the look of your brick chimney, you may be tempted to paint it. That’s a simple way to update the appearance and boost your curb appeal…right? Before you start shopping for brick paint, check out the info below. You may find that brick chimney painting is not a great investment.
While it is possible to paint any exterior brick, it’s not recommended. Paint creates a sealant over the brick, which can trap unwanted moisture.
Natural bricks are able to breathe, expand and contract with the seasons because they are porous. Painted bricks are trapped in a set position, which means they don’t have a way to release pressure during the freeze/thaw cycle. This ultimately leads to cracking and crumbling, and it could hurt the structural integrity of your bricks.
Brick chimneys are more exposed to the elements than brick siding because there is no roofing or overhang to shield them. These bricks need to breathe even more than the rest of the bricks around your property. If you want to upgrade your chimney without painting it, skip to the bottom section of this guide for ideas.
If you want to paint your interior bricks, that’s fine. These bricks don’t go through the temperature and moisture changes that exterior bricks do. You’ll need a specialty paint to fill the pores in the bricks for the first coat, but after that, you can change the color whenever you like.
Painting bricks isn’t the only way to update them. You can safely upgrade your chimney without impacting its structural integrity. Here are some options to consider:
Whether you’re trying to boost curb appeal or you just don’t like the way your chimney looks, there is a solution for you. Contact N&M Restoration at (248) 924-9798 to schedule a quote for brick chimney remodeling and repair. Our licensed masons and bricklayers serve most communities in Southeast Michigan.