If you’ve ever looked at the exterior of your brick home and wanted to give it a major refresh, you’ve likely contemplated painting the brick. This might be a bigger endeavor than you think, though: Unlike vinyl or aluminum siding, brick isn’t easily painted, and there’s a range of opinions on painting masonry that was designed to be displayed in its current state.
“We’re a fickle society,” says Scott Sidler, founder and editor-in-chief of The Craftsman Blog and a licensed Florida contractor who has been restoring historic buildings for more than 20 years. “Painted brick might be cool today, but in 20 years, it’s like you’re peeling carpet off hardwood and going ‘Who did this?'”
Drive down any suburban block, though, and you’ll likely notice that plenty of people have already bought into the painted brick look. Which side is right, and how can you decide whether