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What's the best (economical) way to give my brick home a stucco look? The brick is from 1967 and is in good shape. i don't necessarily need real stucco, but I want an economical way to give the house the stucco appearance.
If you use the right paint, it's not a bad idea. I happen to like painted brick. In colonial times, when bricks were very porous, they were almost always painted, to seal the outer surface.
However, today the opposite problem exists. We want moisture to be able to escape from within the wall, because today's face bricks are more weatherproof. There is a coating called "Acra-Lastic", which will repel water even from a fire hose, but will still allow moisture to pass through it and out of the wall. Normal paint will tend to blister and peel when there is moisture behind it trying to escape.
Acra-Lastic will last something like 15 years without recoating. It's made by MAB Paints in Pennsylvania. There may also be similar products by other manufacturers. The generic name is "acrylic latex elastomeric coating".
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Posts: 2870 | Location: Tobyhanna, PA | Registered: 24 October 2005
i see you need some enlightenment over the matter, well check this out guys, Brick has a nice appearance, but is more difficult to build. Stucco is easier to build and maintain, and will take a coat of paint nicely. If you live in an area that is prone to earthquakes, brick may not be a good option as it is less stable. I prefer brick to stucco because stucco can break fairly easily and is hard to repair. Brick is easier to work with, is a better insulator,and is easy to repair. in the long run ___it's your taste that has the final say right!___ check out this site if you want some visual to your taste guys... have a great time www.besttorontostucco.com ---yipes mod alert!