Chimneys found in homes are often made from bricks because of their durability, timeless aesthetic, and natural color. However, many homeowners looking to personalize their homes decide to paint their chimneys. While painting your chimney may provide a unique look, there are certain drawbacks that you should be wary of.

 

Why You Should Leave Your Chimney Unpainted

Most bricks are never intended to be painted. The quality of the brick that determine whether it should be painted or not. Bricks that are chipped, cracked, or decaying shouldn’t be painted. Paint also blocks the natural pores of the brick and is extremely difficult to remove.

Upkeep and Maintenance

Another reason to leave your chimney unpainted is that external painted masonry requires repainting every three to five years, which can be an inconvenience.

Painted chimneys also require more maintenance compared to unpainted ones. Paint tends to fade and chip over time, requiring routine checks from professional masonry contractors, and the painted chimney may also require masonry repairs.

bricks in decaying condition

 

No Room for Moisture to Escape

The temperature inside the chimney varies significantly from the temperature outside it. This temperature difference can lead to moisture build-up. Moisture tends to escape from the natural pores of the bricks. However, painting the bricks closes the pores. The trapped moisture will break down the mortar and impact the structural integrity of the bricks lined up in the chimney, requiring major chimney repairs in the long term.

Repainting Difficulties

Repainting your chimney can also prove to be a challenging endeavor. Removing paint from bricks involves the use of chemicals, which is a long and tedious process.

Although painting your chimney may have a certain aesthetic appeal, brick chimneys have a timeless look. A fresh layer of paint may improve its image in the short run, but routine maintenance and upkeep will set you back financially. Contacting a professional masonry contractor may instead prove to be more fruitful and help preserve the essence of your chimney. Creative Masonry and Chimney LLC offers premium services such as masonry repair, chimney repair, chimney inspection, and chimney rebuilding in the CT region. Head over to Creative Masonry and Chimney LLC to ensure your chimney is in impeccable condition.