Our company is based on the belief that our customer’s needs are of the utmost importance. Our team is committed to meeting these needs. Building Blocks Construction’s system for refinishing brick is a proven process that takes old tired brick or brick that has an outdated colour and turns it into a clean fresh look and protects your home or building for many years. Not all stains are created equally. The product you select for your project is as critical as the company you choose to apply it. When you’re ready to have colour applied to your brick surface, be sure and select a knowledgeable company that has a track record of standing behind the work and uses the right product for your project.
Brick Painting vs. Brick Staining
1. Exterior brick painting requires maintenance. Staining is permanent.
According to the Brick Industry Association, you should expect to paint your brick every 3-5 years. This is mainly due to common adhesion failures associated with exterior brick painting, like efflorescence. Efflorescence occurs when soluble salt deposits migrate to the surface during the evaporation of water. These stubborn white deposits essentially sit under the coat of paint, causing the paint to eventually lift and peel. As opposed to covering the surface like a paint, a brick stain is absorbed by the brick and ultimately acts like a dye. Silicate minerals travel deep into the masonry and form a chemical bond with the brick, tinting the brick for a permanent colour transformation that doesn’t require any maintenance.
2. Brick painting traps moisture. Staining lets the brick breathe.
As a porous surface, brick must be able to breathe. Brick painting saturates the brick’s pores with paint, preventing the brick from effectively releasing water and moisture. Since the moisture cannot evaporate, it stays trapped within the surface and results in blistering and chipping. As more water can potentially enter the exterior brick through these cracks and chips, more water stays trapped within the surface and can lead to water damage over time. Our brick stain is formulated with silicate minerals and maintains the brick’s physical properties intact, as if it were practically untreated, allowing it to successfully release water and moisture. When brick can properly perform its job of releasing moisture, you’re left with a superior, long-lasting finish without unsightly blistering, chipping and peeling.
3. Brick painting creates a film over the brick. Staining forms a chemical bond with it.
As previously mentioned, painting covers and coats the brick in a non-breathable film. On the other hand, our brick stain forms a chemical bond with the masonry and actually becomes a component of the brick itself due to a process of petrification. As opposed to a surface treatment, the stain penetrates deep into the brick and once dry, forms a durable bond with the masonry to permanently lock in colour. The result is a permanent finish that looks just like a brand-new brick.
4. Brick painting results in a flat finish. Staining keeps its natural look intact.
As paint simply sits on the surface, it creates a noticeably painted, thick, flat finish which causes the brick to lose its natural look and feel. The opaque, slightly translucent finish of our stain in particular highlights and enhances the brick’s natural texture. If you touch the brick after our stain has dried, you’ll notice that you’ll feel brick and not paint. Available in a variety of different colours, you can lighten, darken or completely change the colour of your brick to refresh and modernize the look of your home.
Suitable Surfaces for Brick Staining
A wide range of surfaces is fit for staining. Mineral paints and stains are ideal for any absorbent, mineral-based surface such as:
• Mortar Joints
• Cement renders/stuccos
• Earthen plasters (clay, lime)
• Cement panels (Hardie board, cement board, fibre cement board)