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How Much Does It Cost To Stain Brick?

Typical Range: $80 - $160

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On This Page:

  1. Brick Staining Costs
  2. Pros and Cons of Brick Staining
  3. Color Choices for Bricks
  4. Hiring a Brick Stainer

Brick Staining Cost Considerations

It generally costs around $0.64 per square foot to stain brick, which can add up quickly when there is a large surface area to cover. In most cases, the price per square foot includes materials, preparation, labor, cleanup, etc. (everything except for taxes).

You can generally expect to pay between $56 and $113 for around two and a half hours of staining labor. Materials and supplies usually cost between $25 and $40 for an average 200-square-foot area. So in total you could pay about $80 to $160 for a staining job, unless you're covering an exceptionally large area (more than 200 sq. ft.).

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Brick Staining Benefits & Drawbacks

There is no denying the impact that brick -- interior or exterior -- can have on the aesthetic appeal of any home. A bold red brick, for example, is eye-catching, while a more muted white or beige can make a space feel more neutral. The possibilities are essentially endless when it comes to brick coloring.

Many homeowners operate under the mistaken assumption that the only way to change the existing color of brick is to paint it. In fact, professionals don’t recommended painting brick because paint disguises brick’s natural character. If you’re interested in changing the look of your home's existing brick, look into having it professionally stained. Both exterior and interior brick can be stained with the right amount of preparation. Brick stain is commonly used on fireplaces, exterior brick walkways, fire pits and home exteriors.

Properly applying brick stain can be a tedious and time-consuming process. It’s difficult to keep from getting stain on the grout in between the bricks, and in the event that such an accident happens, it can be extremely hard to remove stain from the grout. So, it’s possible that you may end up with an undesirable result.

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Color Options

There are many different color-staining options available. Some of today's more popular options include:

  • Rustic brown
  • Old English red
  • Blue brick glaze
  • Charcoal
  • Yellow stock

You should choose a color based on your desired result. A rustic brown or red can be a great way to add warmth to a space, whereas a blue or charcoal color may add dark contrast to a lighter space. And a yellow brick can brighten any brick surface.

The price of brick stains typically doesn’t vary based on color, so you can choose just about any color you want without worrying about having to pay more or less. However, it should be noted that not all brick stains are compatible with all bricks. For example, it’s difficult to stain an existing dark brick a lighter color. Typically, it costs less and is easier to go from lighter to darker instead.

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Hiring a Brick Staining Contractor

When hiring a professional to stain the brick on any interior or exterior surface, take these steps prior to scheduling the work or paying the professional:

  • Carefully review the brick surface that is to be stained.
  • Remove any hardware attached to avoid accidental staining.
  • Review payment terms and quality expectations before work begins.
  • Verify and sign off on the correct type and color of stain.
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