All You Need to Know About Limewashed Brick
This white coating promises to refresh worn-down brick exteriors and protect them from the elements. Think your home could use an update? Consider the pros, DIY treatment, and follow the easy steps outlined here.
LIMEWASHED BRICK BASICS
Limewash is made from powdered limestone that has been treated with heat and water to change its chemical composition, resulting in a stable product that provides a durable coating when applied to porous brick. The terms “lime wash” and “whitewash” are often used synonymously, but while limewash is a specific type of whitewash, other types of whitewash do not use lime as an ingredient.
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Limewash has its roots in antiquity
it was used centuries ago to protect structures from the weather. Both coatings add a thin layer to the outside of the structure, which helps protect the bricks and mortar from the elements. Buildings that were coated every few years developed a durable layer of protection against rain, wind, and harsh sun rays.
In most regions of the world, limestone deposits are plentiful. Therefore, because true limewash contains just lime and water, its use was very accessible and commonly used in the protection of ancient vernacular architecture. Its ability to protect brick, block, and other types of porous material (including adobe, clay, and terracotta) made it invaluable for coating structures dating as far back as ancient Egypt, where it was used it to coat temples and monuments.
Today, limewashing is a staple in the historical restoration industry as well as being a cherished method for updating the look of exterior (even interior) brick on homes. You can find it on commercial buildings and residential houses in all price ranges throughout Europe and the United States, and it’s just as at home on a castle as it is on a cottage.
- Limewash coating is natural and environmentally safe—a “green” choice.
- Applying limewash is DIY-friendly. See below for how to get started!
- Limewash, which is highly alkaline, resists fungal growth and insect damage.
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The next step is equally important: expert application of only the high quality paints and finishes. We never use inferior materials. We recommend paints by Sherwin Williams, Benjamin Moore and PPG. These are the paint brands we work with most often. We can also work with other high-quality brands when a client requires it. But we won’t work with inferior paint. It simply doesn’t pay. Finally, damasking and thorough cleanup leave a sparkling fresh job that the homeowner can take pride and satisfaction in.
- High pressure water blasting
- Scraping of all peeled and loose paint
- Power or hand sanding for smooth surfaces
- Patching cracked, damaged or uneven areas
- Priming new, raw and exposed wooden parts
- Masking all windows, lighting and other areas
- Using top quality materials
- Free sample color demonstration