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Does your brick house already have an outdated orange, red, or yellowed exterior? Having it repainted can boost your house’s curb appeal and protect it from external elements. This can be a gruelling task, but the good thing is there are pros you can hire to paint your house exterior. On average, the cost to paint a brick house usually ranges between £700 to £1,000.

This guide can help you determine the factors that can influence the total brick house painting costs. You can also learn more about exterior painting costs if you need to update the other parts of your house. 

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Factors affecting the average cost to paint a brick house

Many things can influence the average cost to paint a brick house exterior in addition to the prices indicated above. Here are some of those factors. 


You need to consider the average labour rate in various places when you look for a local painter. Contractors in Southeast England, particularly London, charge greater fees, while labour costs are lower in Scotland, Northern England, and Northern Ireland.

Prep work

Applying a fresh layer of paint on your brick exterior requires careful preparation, which may include cleaning, power washing, patching, scraping, sanding, and priming the surface. Your brick exterior’s condition should help you determine how much work it will require to fix and refresh. You may need to look for a paint removal service to remove old brick paint and start fresh. 


A brick house painter's hourly rate is between £20 and £50. They typically quote a day rate, ranging from £220 to £400 per day. Site preparation, removal of loose paint, caulking, painting, and cleanup are all included in the labour.

Brick paint type

Depending on the style and brand, the cost per gallon may differ and could greatly affect the total price of your brick house painting project. The colours you choose can also affect the pricing because some shades may require more coats. And if you need multiple colours, you will definitely use more products.

House size

The larger your home is, the longer it will take to finish, which can affect labour costs and materials. Scaffolding may also be required for multi-story homes – another extra cost to weigh when setting your budget.

House structure

If your house has more stories and difficult-to-reach gutters or crevices, the painters may need to bring specialised equipment to paint your home’s brick exterior. These will be factored in as additional costs. 

a man painting the exterior of a multi-story brick house

Brick house painting method

The painting technique is one of the biggest factors that dictate how much to paint a brick house. Choose the painting method that will showcase the beautiful masonry of the brick house


Whitewashed brick is a popular trend that gives your home's exterior a rustic or vintage look. Whitewashing is a technique that involves applying diluted paint to create a semitransparent white layer that allows some brick texture and colour to show through. 


Your painter will need to apply a thin coating of chalky, bright white, or coloured paint mixed with water, hydrated masonry lime, and salt on the brick facade to get that limewashed look. This leaves some of the original brick exposed, giving it an antique appearance while preserving the texture and breathability of the brick. 

The cost to limewash a brick house depends on your chosen paint and the number of gallons, labour, and other materials. 

German smear

German smear imitates the appearance of irregular stones and heavy mortar joints, which may be found on centuries-old homes and castles all over northern Germany. The method is similar to whitewashing bricks, but instead of using diluted latex paint, it involves a layer of wet mortar on the brick. 

The rough texture of the mortar adds to the rustic and faded look. It also partially covers the bricks, softening the sharp straight lines of traditional brick cladding and creating an uneven pattern. Although the classic German smear uses white mortar over red brick, you can play around with different brick colours and mortar tints. 

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There’s someone out there that can do this arduous task for you. To find one, just post a task on our platform and accomplish the request form. Make sure to indicate your budget, location, house size, and preferred painting technique when posting a task for brick house painting. 

The more information you provide in your listing, the easier it will be for your prospective professional painter to offer an accurate quote. Once your task is up, get ready to hire a professional exterior painting contractor to give your house exterior a much-needed makeover.  

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It’s recommended to repaint your brick house exterior brick every 3 to 4 years. But this also depends on several factors. The quality of your bricks and the paint job should help you gauge when it’s time to give it a fresh coat of paint.

The time it takes to paint a brick house exterior depends on the size of the house and how extensive the work will be. On average, painting takes two to four days. It also depends on whether you're only painting the exterior walls or are working on the chimneys and other structures.

A gallon of paint covers approximately 400 square feet. When estimating how much paint to buy, keep in mind that you may need more than one layer and possibly a primer. You can estimate it by multiplying the length of each surface by its height and adding 30% for good measure.

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