One of the best parts of living in beautiful New England is the classical American architecture of our historical homes and businesses. Many of these homes and businesses are constructed from brick. Brick remains one of the most popular building materials as it provides a timeless quality to buildings and serves to preserve the architectural heritage of the northeast.
While many people like the “exposed brick” look, a majority of people will have their brick homes and businesses painted to customize their exteriors. So what is the best type of paint to use on brick?
Acrylic Latex Paint
Traditional latex paints work well on brick for a couple of different reasons. Latex paint can help create a seal on the surface of your bricks, which is crucial as bricks have a rough and semi-porous surface. When moisture isn’t blocked out, it can lead to unsightly mildew growth.
The biggest issue when using latex paint on brick comes in its durability. While your new latex paint job may look fantastic initially, it will start to chip, fade, and peel after only a few years. This leads to having to repeat the painting process again before long, which can be a big headache and money pit.
Ceramic Elastomeric Coating
Ceramic elastomeric painting is a special rubberized paint that contains ceramic microspheres. It’s inherently stronger than acrylic latex paint and is applied 8 to 10 times thicker. One of the main benefits of using an elastomeric coating on brick is its ability to seal and protect the surface from water damage. Like latex paint, elastomeric coatings form a barrier that prevents water from penetrating the brick, helping to prevent mold growth and other forms of damage.
Another benefit of using an elastomeric coating on brick is its ability to reflect UV rays and reduce heat absorption. This can be especially useful for brick surfaces that are exposed to direct sunlight for long periods of time. By reflecting UV rays, the coating can help to reduce fading and discoloration of the brick, keeping it looking newer for longer.
Overall, using an elastomeric coating on brick is the best way to protect and enhance the appearance of your brick surface. With its ability to seal and protect from water damage, reflect UV rays, and be customized to your preference, it is a durable, long-lasting solution that can save you from costly repairs and repaints in the future.
Preparation Is Key
The process of applying latex paint or ceramic elastomeric coatings is key to the longevity of the end product. Here at Rhino Shield of New England, our house painting experts have this process down to a science.
When applying an elastomeric coating to a brick surface, it is important to properly prepare the surface first. This may include cleaning the brick, filling any cracks or gaps, and making sure that the surface is completely dry before applying the coating. Once the surface is prepared, the elastomeric coating can be applied.
Contact Us Today to Get Started
If you’re interested in having ceramic elastomeric coating installed on the exterior of your home, contact Rhino Shield of New England today. Our expert team has all the skills and know-how to perfectly apply our special ceramic coating on a variety of surfaces, including brick.