Masonry is one of the most extensively utilized building materials globally because of its long-lasting beauty.

Masonry staining has been one of the main support services for the masonry industry throughout history. In unanticipated color challenges, masonry staining companies work tirelessly to ensure projects are completed on schedule.

What is Masonry Staining?

Masonry staining is a method of altering the color of masonry by applying a stain. It’s both an art and a science to get it right. To create the correct hue, technicians use a sheer, professional-grade stain that is personalized for each project.

Additionally, masonry staining firms assist architects, owners, general builders, and mason contractors remove all color restrictions while designing and building with the material.

Architects and building owners who are competent with masonry staining are more inclined to specify and build with masonry goods in the future because they will feel more assured about matching any desired hue. 

Advantages of masonry staining

There are numerous benefits to using masonry stains to spruce up pathways, retaining walls, and other landscape areas. Depending on your budget, you may choose to stain the space to freshen it up.

  • When the final product has been stained, its initial, incorrect color will account for only a small portion of its overall appearance. Using staining can preserve the natural brick appearance of your home. To add interest, bricks can be dyed in a variety of hues.
  • Components of high quality are lightfast, do not fade or change, and cannot be computer matched. In contrast to carefully applied, bespoke, professionally applied, sheer masonry stain, computer matching should only be used for coatings that can be applied as thick, heavy paints.
  • A brick may be blocked by paint. Staining the brick will allow the color to seep into it. Because it’s made of biological material, it necessitates a mechanism for dissipating the moisture it absorbs from the environment. 
  • Staining each brick one at a time so that it appears that the original construction (a house, for example) has remained unchanged. An entirely new appearance might be created, resulting in an aesthetically pleasing property with exceptional curb appeal.

Quick Reminder

Make sure the contractor you work with has custom-made goods that have been tested by American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards for UV and freeze/thaw exposure to ensure high-quality outcomes, as well as an acceptable warranty period.

Some contractors can claim extensive warranties based on their own experiences in the sector, but any lab testing or real-world data do not support these claims.

What to expect in Masonry Staining

Paints have superior covering power, which stains lack. A stain cannot conceal discolorations or blemishes on surfaces. A color variation may also occur depending on the material to be stained and the surface texture. Staining a surface instead of painting gives it a more organic and natural appearance.

Staining surfaces also necessitates regular upkeep. Every five years or so, you’ll need to re-stain your project in a location that gets similar quantities of sun and shade. Masonry that is constantly exposed to the sun’s rays will fade more quickly, but using a high-quality, UV-resistant stain can assist.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of masonry can be stained?

There are a variety of materials that can be stained to give the appearance of genuine stone and other natural materials. Masonry that is porous and able to withstand water should be stained with professional-grade water-based stains.

How is masonry stain applied?

The most adaptable and high-quality product lines are used in any conventional way to produce a precise fit. The only exception is if the company’s product line will only work with a brush; however, this is not common in the business.

How much does masonry staining cost?

An average square foot of brick staining will cost between $0.70 and $1.90. A typical home with an outside brick wall measuring 1,580 square feet will cost between $1,100 and $3,000 to install. You may expect to pay $200 to $600 for a 300-square-foot area. 

What is the similarity between concrete stain and masonry stain?

The process of staining brick, concrete, or stucco is similar to the process of staining wood. A brick stain emphasizes its inherent texture rather than hiding it, making it easier and faster than painting. Stains are more like dyes than paints since they penetrate the brick rather than coat it.

Contact a Professional

Masonry staining has to be done by expert contractors to ensure high-quality curb appeal. 

It is always a good idea to call a trusted masonry contractor to answer your questions about masonry staining. 

Paragon Remodeling is a masonry contractor with years of experience. We have previously completed a plethora of masonry projects, and we look forward to working with you as well!