Should I Paint My Foundation?

Are you doing some home renovations and wondering if you should paint your home’s foundation?

If you’re wondering whether to paint your home’s foundation, the answer is yes, you should.

So, what color should you paint your foundation, and what type of paint should you use? We’ll be answering all these questions below.

Advantages of Painting Your Foundation

An advantage of painting your foundation is preventing moisture from penetrating it. Your foundation becoming damp can lead to problems over time. 

These problems range from cracks forming due to freezing water to mold growth. Painting your foundation will also protect your foundation from UV damage.

Types of Paint to Use on Your Foundation

There are a lot of different products that you can use to paint your home’s foundation. We’ll cover a few here so you’ll have a better idea of your options and which will be best for your home’s foundation.

Concrete Stain: Concrete stain can either be acid or water-based. Acid-based stains will last longer but are permanent. In contrast, water-based stains are easier to apply.

Elastomeric Paint: Elastomeric paint is a coating designed to protect masonry surfaces. It seeps into the concrete’s minuscule pores and can shift as the concrete shifts. It’s applied in liquid form and hardens into a pliable, waterproof covering. When used, elastomeric paint can expand up to 500% and return to its original shape.

Elastomeric paint can only be used on masonry surfaces found above ground.

Acrylic Paint: 

Acrylic house paints allow moisture to escape, making them perfect for painting masonry above and below ground. However, most acrylic paints require an alkali-resistant primer to protect them from the high pH of cement.

Latex Paint: 

Latex masonry paint comes in various colors and is less expensive than acrylic paints used for masonry applications.

The difference between latex and acrylic paint is that latex is not as weatherproof as acrylic.

How to Paint Your Foundation

When painting your home’s foundation, the most common issue is that people fail to clean it before applying paint. Failing to clean masonry before painting can cause paints to peel and flake.

Although not required, you may want to use primer on your foundation before applying your paint to ensure a good result.

Many primers will dry quickly, allowing you to apply paint the same day. But, other primers need a longer time to cure.

After the primer has dried, you’ll be able to apply your paint to the foundation of your home.

After painting, leave your foundation to dry. Once dry, you may want to use a further sealing agent on top of your paint to protect your foundation from the elements.


Painting your home’s foundation can give your home added curb appeal, as well as add a protective layer against the elements. 

Hopefully, this article has provided you with more information on how to paint your home’s foundation.

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