Are you wondering how much it costs to paint a brick house?
You’ve come to the right place!
In this ProPaintCorner.com guide, you’ll learn:
- The typical cost of DIY painting your brick home's exterior
- How to save money when painting your brick house
- How much it usually costs to hire a professional vs doing it yourself
- The estimated cost of labor and supplies to paint a brick house
And much more!
So, if you want to learn how much you should plan on spending to get your brick house painted, then keep reading for all our tips and insights below!
How Much Does Exterior Painting Usually Cost?
When talking about painting costs for a particular painting project, it all comes down to the size of the home (square footage) and how much prep work it requires to do the job right.
So for the sake of this article, we're going to break down the typical costs you'll incur if you're doing the paint job yourself, as compared to the typical cost of hiring a professional painter.
Average Cost To Paint Your Brick House If You Do It Yourself?
If you're a DIY fan and you want to paint your home yourself, it's typically going to be much less expensive than hiring a professional painter.
However, there are some other painting costs you'll incur that you wouldn't have to if you hired someone else. These things go above and beyond the actual cost of painting such as drop cloths, painter's tape, paint brushes or paint rollers, paint trays, and painting safety equipment.
If you have these things on hand already, then your total cost will likely just include the gallons of paint you'll need to buy to do the job.
But, I'm going to go through and make an itemized list of the average price of all these items below so you can get a sense of how much to budget for your painting project:
- Drop Cloths - $30
- Painter's Tape - $7
- Paint Sprayer (Rental vs. Buying) - $35-$85
- Power wash
- Paint Brushes (For Detailing) - $10
- Ladder - $50 - $80
- Disposable Painter's Masks - $20
- Disposable Painting Gloves - $8
- Safety Goggles - $12
- Paint Tray - $8
- Paint Bucket (if using brushes) - $12
- 1 Gallon of Exterior Paint Of Choice - $35 - $85
- 1 Gallon of Primer Of Choice - $35 - $55
- Putty or Caulk - $10
- Caulking gun - $15
Now keep in mind, depending on the paint you choose in order to paint exterior brick, your total cost for the project may vary quite a bit.
However, based on the estimates above you're looking at a cost range of:
$280 - $800
This range is based on the assumption that you'd need to buy all of the painting supplies, plus primer and 7-10 gallons of paint (more on that estimate later).
Your final cost will ultimately depend on how big your house is and any other project costs you might have.
For instance, your cost of paint may vary if you choose a high-end type of paint or need multiple paint colors, so just keep that in mind when coming up with a price estimate for your house.
However, the good news is even with the prep work and supplies, painting your house yourself is still probably less expensive than it would be to hire a professional painter even if you buy the highest quality paint.
And the better news is that once you buy the painting supplies the first time, the project costs for every future painting project will be less!
Painting is one of the few home improvement skills that is fairly easy to learn (though it is time-consuming) and can save you a lot of money in the long run as long as you can get the hang of it and don't end up needing to repaint everything.
However, painting a home's exterior is a bit more tricky than indoor house painting because exterior painting requires more weatherproofing. So if you're a first time DIYer, it may be better to hire a professional.
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Average Exterior Painting Cost If You Hire a Professional Painter?
Now let's talk about how much it'll cost you to hire a professional painter to paint the exterior of your home.
One thing to note here is that every professional painting company prices their work differently and charges different rates.
So for the sake of this article, I'm going to price this out based on the national average cost per hundred square feet, and I'm going to base the total on the national average size of a home's exterior.
Keep in mind, if you're hiring someone to paint a significantly larger home, it will cost more than this estimate. And, if you're looking to hire professional painters to do other exterior work at the same time, they might price that out differently since it includes other services.
The national average cost for painting per square foot ranges from $2-3.
And based on an average two-story home of about 2,400 square feet, you can expect to pay about $5,000 to $8,000 depending on who you hire and where you live.
This is usually how professional painters charge, rather than giving you an hourly rate.
This is because pricing by the square foot gives them more insight into the total exterior painting cost and the cost of materials and labor for a given project.
It's also important to note that labor costs for exterior walls is usually much higher than painting interior walls because interior walls generally need fewer coats of paint and with exterior walls, they need to worry about weatherproofing and exterior durability.
This is especially true when you need to paint brick because it's such a porous, absorbent material.
However, that's one of the biggest reasons I'd suggest hiring a painting contractor to paint your home's exterior because they truly are experts in making sure your home's paint is durable, long-lasting, and fully sealed.
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What Is The DIY Cost To Paint Per Square Foot?
Now let's break down the estimated DIY costs a bit more.
This is where the quality of paint you choose factors in because certain paints cover more surface area than others.
It's also important to note that you'll almost always need at least 2 coats of paint and with an exterior paint job, I'd recommend 3 or more to ensure that your paint is fully sealed and weatherproofed.
The best way to estimate the amount of paint needed to paint your home is to look at the gallon of paint you're using to see how much coverage it offers. (Also, make sure you're specifically using exterior paint, ideally made for painting brick, for the best paint job result possible.)
Then, estimate the size of your home to determine how many gallons of paint total are needed to provide the right amount of coverage.
For example, this gallon of Behr Paint and Primer In One in a semi-gloss finish covers approximately 250-400 square feet per gallon.
So, if your painting job is to repaint your home that is approximately 2,400 square feet you'll need about 8 gallons of paint to cover the whole area and potentially up to 12 gallons to cover it more times.
One important thing to note here when pricing out your DIY exterior painting project is looking at paint for brick specifically.
The good news is there are plenty of affordable brick paints that range from $20/gallon on the low end to $80/gallon on the high end.
Paint that is meant for masonry and brick adheres better to the porous surface.
Priming your brick is also important for getting the best quality finish on your paint job, even if you're working with unpainted brick because it creates a smoother surface for the paint to glide on to.
This will also prevent the tendency for loose paint to get trapped in the crevices of the brick and create an uneven finish.
So, I highly recommend springing for a high-quality primer if you need to watch your budget and then going for a cheaper paint like the KILZ brand paint linked above.
The primer you use is going to create an optimal surface for actually getting an amazing paint job on your brick.
Prep Work For Painting Brick
One more important thing to remember is that prep work is going to determine the overall quality of your finished paint job.
Especially with brick, ensuring that you're scrubbing and power washing the brick before you ever start painting is incredibly important.
Making sure there is no dirt or grime on the surface of the brick is essential to helping your paint stick to the brick so it will be durable for years to come.
This is also a perfect time to take a good look at your home's brick and ensure there's no mildew or mold hiding on the surface of the brick.
If you do find some, I'd recommend going for a mildew-resistant brick paint like this one to ensure you're protecting your home's brick for years to come.
Make sure you take all of these factors into account before diving into painting your house exterior yourself.
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How Can You Save Money When Painting A Brick Home's Exterior?
Lucky for you, if you decide to go the DIY route there are several things you can do to lower your painting estimate and save money on your painting project.
Types of Paint
One of the best ways to save money is to choose the type of paint you're using carefully.
Obviously, if you choose to go with multiple paint colors, your project will cost more because you'll need an individual paint can for each color.
If you're still set on creating that epic accent wall, though, I'd recommend buying your paint in quart sizes to save money.
If you know you only need a little bit of that high-gloss blue to create that cool pattern, save your money and only buy one quart and then buy the gallons of paint for your main colors.
Another way to save money here is by choosing your paint finish carefully. Typically, high-gloss and semi-gloss paints cost more than matte paints or flat paints.
Also, latex paints are typically cheaper than oil-based paints, and if you're a beginner looking to DIY your own home, I'd recommend staying away from oil-based paints as they're harder to clean up and harder to dispose of.
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Renting vs. Buying Supplies
Did you know you can actually rent certain painting supplies rather than having to buy them?
Most Home Depot stores and Lowe's stores have a rental program where you can rent out certain painting and home improvement supplies.
So if you know you'll only need a paint sprayer, or a ladder, or a pressure washer for this particular project, that can be a much more cost-effective way to get the things you need.
Here's another thing that blew my mind when I learned it: some libraries rent out basic home improvement supplies!
Check with your local library to see if they have any tools like paint sprayers on hand that you can borrow. That'll save you lots of money on your painting project and you'll still be able to get the job done right.
Obviously, the cheapest route here is to see if any of your friends and family have some painting supplies they could lend you for the day.
Sales and Dented Cans
Another way you could try to save money on paint is by waiting for your local hardware store to run a sale.
Even if they knock off a few dollars on a can of paint, this can save you a bunch of money if you know you have a bunch of square footage to cover.
You can also see if they have any dented or otherwise blemished cans that they could sell to you for less.
Most people don't want to buy dented cans (just like ugly produce) but the paint inside is the same stuff, and if you can get it for a bit cheaper that's more money left over for you!
Hot Tip: One more place you can look for cheap paint is Facebook Marketplace or Craigslist. This works best if you're not picky on color or you're going with a standard color like white. I've seen some people getting rid of a large amount of paint cans near their expiry date for FREE on those sites, so it might pay off to be a little thrifty.
Other Money-Saving Tips To Note
One more thing to note here before you fully commit to painting your home yourself is the quality of the current paint on your home.
If you're seeing a lot of areas in your home's current paint job that will need patching (either with caulk or putty) and you're dealing with a lot of peeling paint, I'd recommend hiring a painting contractor instead.
While it's nice to save money by doing things yourself, your home's exterior is one area you don't' want to mess around with.
There are other hidden project costs to think about here, like the potential for wear and tear on the exterior of a house, peeling paint because it wasn't applied correctly (if your paint job only lasts you a year you technically haven't saved your money) and the potential for bad reactions with different siding materials.
Ultimately, a $5,000 to $8,000 price tag for exterior house painting might seem steep, but getting a fresh coat of paint on your home's exterior that is going to last for years to come isn't something to skimp out on.
If you're an intermediate or professional painter and you know you can do a good job, great!
But if you've only ever done interior painting jobs, it's probably best to at least have a painting contractor come out and do an assessment of your home's exterior to see how challenging the job really is.
Final Thoughts On Exterior House Painting Costs
Now that we've broken down the individual costs for painting your house exterior, these cost estimates should give you a good starting point.
While every painting project is different, knowing the range of costs before you start is always helpful so you can find all the areas of the budget that you can cut back on.
Whether you're going to DIY your house or plan to hire a professional painter, I wish you the best of luck on your painting project.
As always, happy painting!