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Hello
We have contracted to buy a new builder home in Apex NC.
The exterior brick is, however, much lighter than in the model and what we were told. And we really dislike the current almost orange shade.

The construction manager and brick guy, of course, claim to have the right color that it is 'within tolerance' , that brick darkens over time (?) etc.

Really, really appreciate any perspectives on this.
We don't know anything about building and bricks.
Also any referrals to exterior remodeling contractors, brick guys to get an independent opinion will be greatly appreciated!

Does brick really darken over time and with sunlight?
Can we have the bricks stained? if so should we ask the builder to foot the costs.
What other options do we have please?

Thank you very much.
 

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No, brick does not darken over time, other than from atmospheric staining. There is a pretty good range of color among the same brick in some bricklines. Call the manufacturer and make sure they used the correct brick.
 

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Thanks much!
The rep from the brick manufacturer was there. He claims that the right brick was used and says the "tolerance" is within the limit we signed to on some paper..
The difference, though, even to us that dont know bricks is far too evident.
The manufacturer says they will acid wash first to remove dirt etc.. and that we can all meet at the site after that to take a look. I really want to know what our options are on the brick.
Can someone please advice on what options we have (other than walking away).
Thank you so much once again !
 

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If they are the right brick, not much. Staining is permanent but very expensive.
Acid washing won't change the color of the brick in a good way (it can cause other issues, though). Is the mortar used the same as in the sample you are comparing it to?
 

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Thank you again.
The brick manufacturer rep says they cant do anything until they finish acid wash.
The mortar/cement used to set the brick (from what i understand) is darker now and they did say changing it to a brighter color is an option. Of course, they wouldnt talk about who would pay for changing it.

We really like the rest of the house -interior, lot etc..
Can you give me a ballpark on what brick staining might cost us please?
This is for Raleigh, NC.
I am assuming brick staining means that we can darken some/all bricks ..
Thanks for the help.
Again, appreciate it very much!
 

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The mortar is about 20% of the wall, so it alone can change the overall color of the wall. Unfortunately, tuckpointing the house is about the same as staining the brick. The mortar will lighten as it ages for about the first month.

Prices are regional, but to stain 80% of the brick faces on a 40,000 brick house could easily be about $35,000.00.
 
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