If you want to give your fireplace or chimney a fresh look or cover up imperfections, brick staining is a cost-effective way to do it. In this post, we look at the benefits of brick staining, how much it costs, and why you should hire a professional.
What is Brick Staining?
Brick staining is similar to wood staining, involving applying a specially formulated pigment stain to the brick surface to change its appearance and color. Staining is popular because it’s an inexpensive way to rejuvenate an old fireplace or chimney without extensive and messy renovation.
Benefits of Brick Staining
A New Look
People stain their chimneys or fireplaces, mainly to give them an updated look. Whether you have old faded bricks that don’t match your interior decor or color scheme, staining is an easy way to fix that, with the many color options available. Besides creating a new look, applying a stain can mask unsightly blemishes, making the bricks appear new.
As mentioned, staining your chimney or fireplace’s bricks is a cost-effective way to improve the appearance. In most cases, the brickwork is structurally solid, but it looks faded and old because of wear and tear or weather. Before staining, homeowners would replace the bricks, which is costly and time-consuming, but you don’t have to go down that road, thanks to staining.
Modern brick stain products can make the bricks more durable. The colorant penetrates deep into the bricks’ pores, forming a protective layer that can prevent moisture from seeping in. Moisture is the number one cause of chimney damage, especially if you live in an area with a freeze/thaw cycle. Staining your bricks can mitigate the damage and the expensive repairs needed.
Another advantage of modern staining products is you can use them inside and out. Any brickwork around the house is a potential candidate for staining, and you can create a unique look that enhances your home’s curb appeal and makes it stand out from your neighbors.
Mold & Mildew Resistance
When water seeps into your chimney, it doesn’t only cause damage from freezing and thawing; it creates a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Mold is the bane of homeowners because once it takes hold, it spreads quickly and is difficult to get rid of.
How Much Does Brick Staining Cost?
The cost of staining your brickwork depends on various factors, including the size of the area you want to stain, how complex the project is, and labor costs (if you choose to hire a pro).
If you’re doing it yourself, the average cost ranges from $.50 to $2.00 per square foot for materials, including the brick stain, brushes, and cleaning and preparation supplies. The quality of the tools affects the price as well.
Hiring a professional is pricier, but recommended if you want the best results. The average cost of hiring a professional ranges between $3 to $8 per square foot or more. Remember, experienced contractors are more expensive, but worth it if you want to avoid dealing with the mess.
Why Hire a Pro?
Brick staining is more complicated than you might think. And since you’re probably doing it to improve your home’s look, you want to avoid ending up with shoddy results, which is why it’s best to hire a professional.
Professionals have the expertise and skills to deliver high-quality results and know how to deal with challenges as they crop up.
Moreover, you must properly prepare the brick’s surface for staining, which is essential for ensuring the stain lasts a long time and is visually appealing. Think of brick staining as an art form; professionals have years of experience, and you’re practically guaranteed a good outcome rather than doing it yourself or hiring the neighborhood handyman.
Lastly, staining bricks is a messy, time-consuming job, especially if you have a large surface you want to be stained. Hiring a professional means, you can focus on more important household tasks and have confidence that you’ll get the results you want.
Call Fluesbrothers Chimney & Fireplace
You can count on us whether you want your chimney or fireplace stained or need cleaning, inspection, or repairs. We’re the go-to chimney and fireplace contractor in Kansas City because we’re locally owned and operated. Our technicians are certified by the Chimney Safety Institute of America and the National Fireplace Institute. Book your appointment today at 913–236–7141.