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How Much Does It Cost To Paint A Brick House?

Typical Range: $3,500 - $10,500

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Cost figures are based on an average, 2,500-square foot home.
The average cost to paint a brick home is about $7,000 but can range from $3,500 to $10,500 for a 2,500-square foot home. The per square foot cost generally falls between $1.40 - $4.20. The cost may vary based on labor and paint prices. The project may also require the rental of power washing equipment which can range from $40 to $150. The cost to paint your home exterior varies based on your homes size, but can greatly improve the curb appeal of your home. This upgrade is an inexpensive and quick face-lift that can provide a clean look. It is important to properly prepare your surface, choose the right type of paint, and maintain your painted siding every three to five years. Hiring a professional can save time and money when it comes to painting. A professional can determine if the surface is appropriate for painting and can ensure that the job is done correctly the first time.

On This Page:

  1. Factors That Affect Cost
    1. Preparation – Power Washing
    2. Paint & Primer
    3. Labor
    4. Supplies
    5. Equipment
  2. Whitewash
  3. Limewash
  4. FAQ
  5. DIY or Hire a Pro

Factors that Affect Cost

The average price to hire a painter is about $2.80 per square foot for this project. This includes the price of preparation, paint and primer, labor, supplies, and equipment. It is important to properly prepare the surface before painting. Your contractor will be able to determine the condition of your siding and whether it is ready for a new coat.

Preparation

Preparing the surface is essential for any exterior painting project. The cost of power washing equipment and chemicals is $35-$100 per project on average. A power-washer and mild cleaning agents may be required to properly prepare the surface to receive a paint application. Wait 24 to 48 hours for the surface to dry before applying paint. A contractor will likely have the cost to power wash included in your quote. It’s recommended that you leave this task to professionals as they will know the appropriate pressure to safely use.

Paint and Primer

There are many options when it comes to choosing the right type of paint and primer for this project.
  • One Gallon of Paint: about $30 to $70 and covers about 250 square feet.
  • One Gallon of Primer: about $7-$15 for 250 sq. ft.
For a 2,500 square foot home, budget between $300-$700 for paint and $70-$150 for primer. You will likely need a latex-based paint that’s intended for exterior use only. Depending on the condition of the masonry, a separate primer may be required. There are some options that include paint and primer in one.
A painting pro will be able to measure your home and purchase the appropriate materials needed with minimal waste.

Labor

Labor for this project ranges from $150 to $350 per hour but varies from contractor to contractor. Labor includes planning, preparation, the removal of existing loose paint, edge and gap caulking, set-up of the area, and project clean-up.

Supplies

You can expect an average cost of $15 to $30 for additional supplies such as tape and paper used to protect unpainted surfaces, repair material, chemicals, cleanup supplies, and disposal services. These additional prices will be included in the overall project bid.

Equipment

Most contractors will travel to your home with the below equipment. If you are attempting to DIY this project, you may need to rent the below items.
Avg. Painting Material Rental Costs
EquipmentCost Per Day
Ladder$30
Paint Sprayer$100
Scaffolding$45
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Whitewash

The price for a whitewash project can range from $110 to $200 per 250 square foot for the paint plus rollers, brushes, and a ladder. Per square foot this project will cost around $0.45 to $0.80. Whitewash is the application of diluted white paint applied to your brick surface. This is a project often completed as a DIY, but a pro will have more experience and will be able to determine how thick the whitewash should be applied. Whitewash offers a vintage look at a lower cost than fully painting your exterior.

Limewash

Limewash is an alternative coloring option to painting. To make limewash, mix water, hydrated masonry lime, and table salt. This project can range from $30 to $60 in materials for your entire home if you choose to DIY. The total cost for this project is about $50 to $100 if you need ladders or paint rollers. This option does not fully cover the original brick color but rather adds a thin coat of bright white and is often applied sporadically so the original color shows through. Limewash can also be tinted to any color you prefer.
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FAQs

Can exterior brick be painted?

If your brick is not severely damaged with cracks or moisture, you should be able to paint your home’s exterior. A spray gun is a fast and easy way to apply an even coat. Applying with a roller is also an effective and cost-saving option. Painting with a roller requires one with 3/4 inch nap, which is labeled on the packaging. This type of roller is thick enough to provide even coverage on the rough brick texture. If you live in a historical home, there might be restrictions on painting your brick. Check with your local housing authority to ensure you can alter your brick.

What's the best exterior paint for brick?

A good quality paint is essential for brick. Choosing a cheap paint may cause uneven coverage, chipping, or cracking. You should only use paint specified for exterior use. Latex is best. The average cost ranges from $30 to $70 per gallon.

How do I remove paint from brick?

Removing old paint before applying a new layer is always a good idea. Old paint may have cracks or flakes that change the coverage of the new paint. Removing paint from brick often requires a lot of elbow grease. Chemicals such as trisodium phosphate and repeated scrubbing are the best way to remove paint from a porous brick surface. A contractor will be able to remove preexisting paint for just a few hours more of labor. The average cost for paint removal is $400 for about 250 square-feet.

What color should I paint my brick house?

Choosing exterior paint colors can be difficult. Neutral colors are a good idea. As a rule, it is important to remember that your preference may not be reflected with potential home buyers. Neutral home colors include gray, beige, brick red, and white. If you are a part of a neighborhood association be sure to check rules before painting.

What's the difference between painting and staining brick?

When applying paint to brick the color coats the outer surface of the brick creating a film. Staining brick generally costs $0.64 per square foot. This process is when the pigment penetrates the porous surface of the brick. It is important to ensure that your brick can absorb water before applying a stain. It will not absorb stain if it does not absorb water.

Can you power wash an exterior brick surface that's been painted?

You can power wash painted brick; however, it is important to use a low setting to prevent damaging the paint. If the paint is already flaking a power washer may remove it.

How often do you need to repaint?

On average you may need to repaint your brick every 3 to 5 years. To minimize repainting, you should inspect your brick semiannually to ensure there is no flaking or cracking. Flakes are a sign of excess moisture. If you notice cracking in the paint, a professional may be required to repair damaged brick underneath the paint surface. The average cost to refinish or repair brick is $1,300.

What preparatory steps are involved before painting? Do the pros do this?

Preparation is the most important step in painting the exterior of your home. Paint will not adhere to a dirty surface. A power washer is the best way to clean brick. A pro will likely use a power washer and a mild cleaning agent to remove debris that may affect the quality.
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DIY or Hire a Pro?

To hire a pro to paint your brick you have to consider the cost of paint, labor, and equipment. The average cost of paint is $170 per 250 square feet. The national average for labor is about $250 per hour for exterior painting projects. A reputable contractor will have the necessary supplies for your projects such as a power washer and paint sprayer.
To DIY your brick painting project, you may need to rent equipment which can cost as much as you would pay in labor when hiring a pro. Painting supplies could be $200 to $300 unless you buy higher-quality products. The average price for paint per gallon is $30 to $70 per 250 square feet. You may also need to rent a power washer which is an average of $35-$100 per day. Totaling roughly $405 to $570 per 250 square feet. Supplies and equipment you may need include:
  • Brushes
  • Rollers and rolling handles
  • Paint sprayer
  • Buckets
  • Dropcloths
  • Caulk
  • Painters tape
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint scrapers
  • Ladder
In terms of cost, it is more less expensive to hire a painting pro because they have the required equipment on hand. If you already have most of the equipment, you may be able to do this one your own. Always remember that a contractor is trained in application and will likely have more consistent, longer-lasting results.
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