Staining could be the answer to your brick issues

By Jodi Mohrmann - Managing Editor of special projects
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Whether you need to match a small section of brick or want to change the entire façade, consider brick staining. It's a viable option for the exterior and interior of your home.

How does it work? To create the stain, most contractors layer together colors in a very specific way. Unlike paint, brick stain penetrates the pores of the brick, so it doesn't peel like paint. Brick staining also costs less — and creates less mess — than brick re-surfacing.

Angie's List asked highly rated masons about what homeowners should know about brick staining.

  1. Brick stain works on stone as well. It's not paint, so it won't peel or chip away. The stain is absorbed into the surface.
  2. It's often cost-effective and less time consuming than resurfacing.
  3. Stain can match existing brick or create a new look. You can customize the color to match your home's décor.
  4. Brick stain doesn't have a strong odor, so there's no need to escape the house during application.
  5. Brick staining can be done on the interior or exterior.
  6. You can't stain bricks covered with a non-porous sealant. Once the pores are closed, the stain can't penetrate the surface.

Angie's List Tips: Hiring a brick staining contractor

  • Are you experienced? Since this is a relatively new technique, make sure the person your hire has the knowledge and experience to take on this project. Ask the company to provide references of past work and look at their portfolio.
  • How much does it cost? Cost depends on the job and contractor. Some contractors charge by the square foot, while others charge by the day or half-day. Additional colors, the variance of the color change and the mortar color will increase the price.
  • What prep work is involved? For interior work, the contractor should tape plastic and use drop cloths to protect walls, furniture and ceilings. For exterior work, the contractor should protect porches, patios, decks, and any nearby landscaping features.

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