Brick painting and staining: which one is better?

Brick staining and brick painting comparative

During the big exterior painting season, FinDecor offers brick painting and staining services. As our clients often ask us the same questions relative to these two services, we decided to answer the frequently asked questions concerning the painting and staining of bricks.

Is staining more durable than painting?

Staining and painting of brick walls are both very durable with over 25 years lifetime. However, as the stain penetrates into the brick it is said it cannot peel. The stain will thus be more resistant to bad weather, sun, and freeze-thaw cycles.

Is paint less expensive than stain?

Yes! Painting is less expensive, plus it’s the more traditional choice and numerous options are offered for the product. Some exterior paints are high-quality, which makes them almost as expensive as a stain.

Yes! Brick painting is more popular than brick staining, but we think that’s mostly because brick stain is not well-known. In fact, everyone knows that wood can be stained, but people are often amazed when I tell them brick can also be stained.

Stain advantage: esthetics

As for esthetics, paint and stain are pretty similar. However, a stain is more delicate and allows us to see more clearly the brick and mortar joint texture. A texture which is better kept also allows the light to be reflected in different ways so it’s nicer.

The best products to paint and stain a brick wall

At FinDecor, we prefer the H&C stain from Sherwin-Williams and the mat Ultraspec paint from Benjamin Moore for brick surfaces.

Warranties offered on brick painting and staining

We generally offer a written warranty of 12 years on our brick painting and staining services. However, as each substrate is different, we analyze each situation and the length of the warranty could be less than 12 years if you substrate was not in good condition, to begin with.

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