Nothing can give the outside of your home a fresh look quite as
quickly and impressively as a fresh coat of paint. Whether the paint on
the exterior of your home is fading, chipping or cracking, it can bring
down the curb appeal of your home. But if you’re looking to sell your
home, or enjoy living there and just want to make it look nicer,
exterior house painting is a job that needs to be done.
Besides wanting to know what season to do it in, another question that comes up often during the subject of exterior painting is how often you should do it. The answer to this question varies
because it depends on a number of factors; such as the exterior finish
of your home, your location and the quality of both the preparation and
paint aspect of your last paint job.
Additionally when deciding how often you should paint your
home’s exterior, you might think about things like your personal
preference, if you’ll be selling your home shortly after, or how much of
the wood under the paint is exposed and vulnerable and how much upkeep
you regularly do.
As with most issues that are home related, if you find a
bunch of answers that could apply to you, but you still aren’t sure
about your own situation, it’s always a good idea to consult with the
local professionals. If you don’t know, with the subject being their
job, they’ll know the effects of your specific location, exterior finish
and previous job quality on your current need for a paint job.
Another note is that if you seek out the help of
professionals, not only to ask about when to paint your exterior, but to
have them paint it, you can usually go a bit longer in between
But before we get to that point, let’s take a look at the
things that can affect the lifespan of your paint job and see what the
general consensus is.
How often you need to repaint your building can depend
mostly on what was used to construct it. Some materials can go longer
in between paintings while others will need to be painted more often.
For example, wood siding should be repainted fairly often, but a surface
like cement can withstand stress for a longer period of time.
If you’re looking for a general rule of thumb for different
housing materials with the most benefit to you and your home, wood
siding should be repainted every 3 to 7 years, or stained every 4.
Aluminum is fine to be repainted every 5 years, and stucco homes can
last from 7 to 10 years before they’ll need another paint job.
Some other materials won’t need to be touched up as often,
with cement fiber siding needing painting only once in between 10 to 15
years. Your unpainted bricks don’t need to be touched up other than the
trim. For them a simple cleaning will do, but if you do decide to paint
them it will last anywhere from 15 to 20 years before you have to
And again, if you don’t really know what kind of materials
your exterior consist of, call the professionals and have them come do a
free consultation; they’ll know what you’re dealing with.
Location of Your Home
Another factor that plays a large part in how long you can
go in between exterior paintings is the location of your home and the
weather that it deals with on a daily basis. Location is important to
your home because you want to be in a good neighborhood and close to
good schools and work. It’s also important because where your home is
determines what kind of weather you’ll have on a regular basis and what
kind of weather will happen to the exterior of your home.
For example, the sun can be a major issue when it comes to
how long you can get away with not repainting the exterior of your home.
Ultraviolet radiation can quickly fade your paint, bleach your paint
and cause a decent amount of chemical bound breakdown. So living in hot,
sunny areas, like here in Florida, with an unsheltered home, your paint
won’t last as long before fading, cracking and peeling and it will be
prone to bubbling.
Other climate conditions like extreme humidity, frequent
rain and storms, blowing sand, or salty ocean breezes will also quickly
age your paint causing it to soften and swell. Living here requires a
lot more exterior upkeep than elsewhere.
Quality of the Job
The quality of your previous paint job can affect the need
for your home to be repainted in two ways. The first way it can speed up
the need to repaint is if a job is done that isn’t quality or didn’t
use quality materials. The difference between flaky and peeling 4 year
old paint jobs and jobs done 8 years ago that still look brand new are
the quality of the paint used, the preparation that went in to the job
before hand and the maintenance work that’s been done. (Yes, exterior
paint jobs require maintenance.)
The second way it can affect your need for repainting is if
the current job is currently taken care of before having the new one
done. A layer of grime between your new paint job and your home won’t
allow the paint to properly adhere to your exterior walls.
Preparation is a big deal when it comes to long-lasting,
beautiful paint jobs. This means old paint, dirt, grease and everything
else is removed from the house. Repairs must be made and a primer
applied. Then in good weather quality, fade resistant paint has to be
applied with multiple coats.
Sometimes if you can’t get your home painted right away, the
quickest parts to show wear and tear can be easily be painted for a
quick refresher. These parts are the trim around windows and doors and
will need repainting every couple of years.
Obviously painting your home regularly as recommended will
do you and your home’s exterior good, But if you want to do it sooner
than recommended that’s fine too. There are many reasons why you might
decide to not wait until your home needs a definite painting. Maybe
you’re preparing to sell your home and a different color will sell
better, or maybe you want to increase your home’s curb appeal by
painting it within the most recent color trends. Regardless of what your
reasons may be, you are the home owner and you’re well within your
rights to paint your home whenever you feel like it.
Exterior Painting Questions
Hopefully now you have a general idea of how often you
should have your exterior painted and to be honest, that’s about all
that you need to know. In looking for and hiring professionals to take
care of your exterior painting needs, you can easily
ask them questions about how often to repaint your exterior with
knowledge of your home and its own set of unique requirements. If your
home is looking like it needs a fresh coat of paint, give us a call and
set up a free exterior painting estimate.
If you are interested in getting a free estimate for exterior painter or just want to learn more, then give us a call. We’re ready to answer all of your questions. You can contact us here or you can call us directly at 239.963.7937