Each year, we all have home improvement projects to maintain and increase the value of our homes. If you have a brick home and want a new look that lasts, consider limewashing. Limewashed brick has many unique benefits. For one, it is non-allergic, antiseptic and antifungal. Added bonus? Limewash is also a fire retardant and it helps delay and protect your home from wear and tear. It also protects against mosquito larvae, who knew?
What is Limewash on Brick?
When a paint has been used since ancient times, you know it’s built to last. Limewash paint was formulated ages and ages ago. It is natural and made from limestone that has been crushed, burnt and slaked with water to make lime putty. Then, the lime putty is matured for many months, before being diluted with water, creating limewash.
Unlike paint, limewash absorbs with porous surfaces (like brick), and reacts to carbon dioxide, hardening, and forming protective crystalline calcium carbonate, which aids in it’s protective qualities. Traditionally, tallow or raw linseed oil are added to give limewashing it’s water shedding qualities, making it a wonderful protectant for your home’s exterior.
How Long Does Limewash on Brick Last?
Limewash on brick tends to last about five years in its brightest, whitest shade. That said though, because it is a natural paint, it will only fade slowly with time. Many customers report that they enjoy the look of the fading, only needing a new coat every ten years.
It is a very durable and lasting type of exterior paint, and protects your brick home exterior, while adding an absolutely stunning new look (that looks classically vintage). Excellent for historical homes, or standard “modern” homes that just need a bit of character.
The Benefits of Limewash
There are so many! In Denver, many homes are historical, or built with brick, leaving a few less options as far as exterior home color choices (until…. limewash!).
- Environmentally friendly
- Long lasting
- Natural look
- Protective qualities
- Fading looks natural and lovely (unlike paint)
- Proven for centuries
- Earthy color variations to match your style
- Water resistant
- All natural
How Much Does it Cost to Limewash a Brick House?
The cost depends on the square footage and area that you want to be limewashed. Prices can range between $1,500 to $7,000 or more depending on the size of your home. You can also stick to sections of your home to save on cost, and many homeowners like to also limewash paint inside the home (such as exposed brick walls and fireplaces).
Try getting an estimate from a local, top recommended company experienced in limewashing, like New Perspective Painting.
About New Perspective Painting in Denver, Colorado
Limewashing experts, we are a residential and commercial painting company in Denver, Colorado (serving Lakewood, Littleton, Golden, Arvada, Westminster, Wheat Ridge, Aurora, Centennial, and the surrounding areas).
Painting your home, staining brick, or limewashing should be done by a trusted painting professional. New Perspective Painting offers estimates for limewashing, painting, brick staining, cabinet painting and more. Just click for a limewashing estimate for your home.
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National Park Service, “Limewashing: An Old Practice And A Good One.”
Mike Wye, “Limewash Colour Chart.”