When do you need to paint your house?

Nothing gives the exterior of your home a fast and excellent new look like a fresh coat of paint, though it is been said many times before, this principle is worth repeating. Even though you are planning to sell and want to add a new touch of quick curb appeal or you just enjoy living in a beautiful and clean looking home, late spring and summer are the ideal seasons to retouch by painting your house’s exterior. But how often do you need to do so? Some professionals will tell you that you will need to repaint the exterior of your home in as little as 4 to 6 years to keep it looking good while others will tell you as long as 15 years before the work needs to be done. Painting your home can cost pretty much affordable compared to other ways of giving a new touch to it, so just how accurate are those estimates? Low or high, all of them might be true. While other homes may not need to be repainted more than once a decade. However, there is no timeline set for all, because every home is different. There are some basic guidelines you can follow, but there are several factors that can change the timing pretty drastically. How often you need to repaint the exterior of your home depends on a several factors: place where you live, the type of materials your house is made of, the quality of the materials that were used for the project, and the quality of the previous paint job. But of course if you want to keep a well-maintained and beautiful home, have routine house painting added into your maintenance plan and budget. 

If we are going to base it with the materials used here are the guidelines:

Wood siding - You can repaint every three to seven years, or paint it every four years.

Aluminum siding - Aluminum siding will require a fresh paint every five years.

Stucco - Stucco can go five to six years before needing another paint job.

Cement fiberboard siding - This newer type of material can last 10 to 15 years before it require a repainting job.

Painted brick - Painted brick only needs to be repainted every 15 to 20 years. Unpainted brick just needs to be cleaned, not painted.

The place where you live is also one of the factors that affects the life span of the paint. The exterior paint on your home will have different needs depending where you live. Climate influences the paint when it comes to its durability. If your home is situated in the coastal area, for instance, exposure to sand, sun, and salty air, you'll probably need a lot more exterior upkeep on your home than a home in a more forgiving climate.

Look out for these signs that the exterior of your home needs to be painted, even if you haven't reached the suggested number of years between paint jobs. If the paint is damaged, fading, blistering, peeling off, the paint turns chalky or powdery, and if you can see exposed patches of the wall.

The quality of the previous paint job is one important factors that can affect the life span of you home’s exterior paint. Everyone will surely agree that a quality paint job, using a quality paint, will surely last longer. If you’ve just bought the house, you don’t know exactly when it was last painted. It is really a good idea to try to find out, because having detailed information about the paint job can make a big difference. Identify the type and quality of the paint used, how many coats were applied, and even the color used can all affect longevity. It is very helpful to know when was the last paint job done, because whether your house was painted on a sunny or cloudy day can change how well the paint dries. But if you are trying to save some money by doing it yourself but you don't really know what you are doing is going to cost you even more in the long run. Buying a low quality paint because it is cheaper will only cost you more. Quality exterior paint is very important because the house is not protected from the heat of the sun, the ultraviolet rays in the sun affects the chemical compounds in paint. Dark paints can lighten in a short period of time because of this. It happens even quicker with oil based paints and with low quality paints. 

But modern, acrylic latex paints are more resistant against this weathering. Good quality acrylic latex paint is less likely to blister, crack, or harden over the years. It's even less likely to attract mildew growth.

Glossy and semi-glossy paints are heavy duty, but they highlight flaws in the materials. Flat finishes hides imperfections, but the tendency is they run chalky over time. A satin finish, however, works well on many types of exteriors.

In general, high quality paint in lighter shades has a tendency to last longer, especially if it was applied in two to three coats rather than of just one.

Preparation plays a very important role when you want the paint to last longer. A house that is well prepared will definitely accept a paint job better and that paint will last longer. All the surfaces of your house needs to be cleaned and well-sanded. Mildew, mold, and rot need to be removed, and cracks need to be repaired. This will help to ensure the paint can stick to the entire surface. First you need to treat any spots of mold, rotten wood, cracks, holes in stucco, and more. Fill in any cracks, caulk seams and use putty to fill in any holes. If there’s a lot of bubbling or peeling paint, it is a good idea to sandblast or power wash to start with a smooth surface. After washing away the chipped paint, make sure your house has the chance to fully dry before you begin painting. The same goes for heavy rain it’s best to wait a couple of days after a storm before you paint.

You should also pay close attention to the weather. It’s always best to paint on days that are dry and relatively mild.

Lastly proper maintenance will help in extending your exterior paint job. Check the surfaces each year, look for peeling, cracking, and moisture damage. Fix the problems when you see them, then seal and caulk if needed. These minor repairs will help you have a longer lasting paint job.

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