Just how often do you need to paint your home? The answer varies. Some homes can go over ten years without new paint, while others may need to be painted after just a couple of years. What makes the difference, and how do you know when it’s time to paint your home?
How often your home needs paint depends on weather exposure, the color, quality and your own preference. If you live in an area with extreme temperatures or weather, paint will not last as long. For example, coastal and desert homes, or homes in areas with an excess amount of moisture will likely need more frequent painting. Darker colors will fade quicker and some building materials need new paint more often than others. Here are some signs to help you determine if it’s time to paint.
1. Obvious Chipping And Cracking
Chipped, cracked or peeling paint not only looks bad, it’s also a sign that that your home isn’t being protected. Remember, paint is a barrier against the elements. If your paint is chipping and cracking, it’s time to paint. This is true even if it’s just the trim.
2. Fading And Discoloration
If your home is exposed to lots of sun, you will have to contend with fading. This will be more evident if your home is painted a darker color. There may be other forms of discoloration, too. For example, dark spots, or in some cases, the color itself will begin to change. Fading and discoloration are also a risk if you are not using professional painters or quality paint.
Even if it’s not chipped or cracked, bubbling paint is a problem and indicates that soon you’ll need a new coat of paint. Why wait?
4. Exposed or Rotting Wood
Paint protects wood against the elements. If you notice exposed or rotting wood, it’s past time for a paint job. It’s time for repairs and new exterior paint. Call a reputable painting company for a quote.
5. You Are Looking To Sell Your Home
A fresh coat of paint is one of the first things you should think about doing if you are getting ready to list your home. Paint makes a huge difference when it comes to first impressions and perceived value. A home with faded paint is going to fail to ‘wow’ a prospective buyer, and a home with chipped, peeling or cracked paint is going to turn buyers off. Contact professional painters who will get the job done right.
Wood siding will usually need new paint every 4 to 7 years. Aluminum may last up to ten years. It really depends on conditions, though. If it’s time to paint your home, be sure you are hiring a painting company with good references and that they use top quality paint and equipment, it makes a difference!