A new look for less!
A breakdown of three different types of decorative brick wash, the differences, and how to achieve the best look for your home.
WHITEWASH | LIME WASH | MORTAR WASH
If you look up any of these terms on-line you will find an abundance of images and information all relating to what you might be looking for. Unfortunately, you will also find that non of this information is very consistent.
There are differences on how each term is defined, what material is used for each method, and the final look that each achieves.
This makes it difficult for you to chose what look you desire for your home and to clearly communicate that to your contractor.
As we move through this guide we will refer to the general term as "decorative wash".
The information that follows is Brick Restoration's guide to decorative wash; gained through 24 years of experience and research.
Whitewash, German smear, slurry... what's the difference?
Whitewash is a mixture of water and paint. The thinner the paint, the more the brick color will show through.
Whitewashing is the lightest coating of the three and is typically done two ways;
1) An over-all coat of thinned paint covering all of the brick and mortar.
2) Tactfully coating areas with thin and thick paint, and then scrubbing or washing away the wet paint in some areas to give it a worn look.
A type of mortar wash, German smear is achieved by tactfully smearing a mixture of mortar and sand on to the brick, leaving some of it exposed. Typically this process is done with white mortar.
You can also achieve a variety of looks with German Wash depending on how it's applied and the thickness of the coats.
With this decorative wash you can expect a more "textured" look with some thinner and thicker spots.
Slurry is a second type of mortar wash that is done by completely coating the area with several thick layers.
Slurry leaves a "stucco type" look but still allows the brick texture to show through. it is typically done with tan mortar colors.
Both mortar wash looks have become increasingly desirable in recent years as a way of giving the home a rustic but modern or "shabby chic" look.
This style has become very popular for all aspects of the home! From interior walls to outdoor kitchens - decorative washing is spreading its beautiful way throughout our homes!
Other Design Ideas
Decorative wash isn't just for the exterior of the home!
Like with any other home renovation job, you want to check and double-check the contractor that will be working on your property. The list below is a good start to choosing the right one.
Choosing a Contractor
Any reputable contractor should:
Have a certificate of insurance for both general liability and workers’ compensation
Have a written warranty
Have a list of references
Be careful of any contractor who:
Ask for the full balance up front
Doesn't have marked vehicles or uniforms
You can do your own research by:
Getting referrals from friends and family.
Checking with the Better Business Bureau
Reading on-line reviews
Asking the right questions when meeting with the estimator.
Our top three places for inspiration are:
www.Houzz.com Where you can find tons of amazing pictures with clear crisp images. A sure place to find the best inspiration!
www.pinterest.com - A close second, where others have already done the searching for you.
Lastly, if all else fails you can always try searching Google images!
Find Your Inspiration!
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