How Often Should the Exterior of Your Home Be Repainted
- By: Jason Coke
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The frequency of repainting the exterior of your home depends on several factors, including the type of siding, climate, and maintenance.
A fresh coat of paint is a quick way to give the exterior of your home with a facelift. Whether it’s time for spring cleaning, you’re looking to boost your home’s curb appeal, or you simply want to give your property some much-needed TLC, painting the exterior of your home is crucial to maintaining its’ well-being.
Generally, it’s recommended to repaint the exterior of your home every 5 to 10 years. However, here are some factors to consider:
1. Siding Material of the Exterior of Your Home
Different siding materials have varying lifespans. For example, wood siding may require more frequent repainting, typically every 3 to 7 years, due to its susceptibility to weathering and moisture. On the other hand, vinyl siding tends to hold its color longer and may only need repainting every 10 to 15 years. Stucco wall coverings should receive attention every 5 years on average.
For households with aluminum siding, you’ll need to repaint approximately every 5 years depending on the type of climate and weather conditions your home is exposed to.
With newer breeds of material, like cement fiberboard, the frequency with which you’ll need to perform routine maintenance or upkeep is much less, and can last anywhere between 10 and 15 years.
In addition to these standards, consulting HOA guidelines and remaining well-acquainted with the style and feel of neighboring properties will also help you decide if your home is due for a repainting.
Areas that experience sweltering heat like we get here in North Texas – whether it’s a year-round trend or just the summer months – are prone to fading from the strong UV rays. In addition, if your home lacks shelter from surrounding trees, the intensity of the sun can trigger bubbling in the paint. Synthetic pigments, oil-based paint, and darker, more saturated tones are especially vulnerable under these conditions.
Frequent visits from Mother Nature and harsh winters will also affect the longevity of your paint job.
3. Prior Work
Your previous contractor’s level of expertise, as well as the quality of the paint that was applied can greatly influence how long your exterior can last before repainting is needed. Even factors like the number of coats used and what kind of weather was present on the day of painting can thwart or prolong the paint’s longevity.
Lighter shades, multiple coats, and application on a shady or overcast day are all ingredients in making the paint job last longer. Pure, 100% acrylic paint is heavily fade-resistant and a highly durable material to use.
NorTex Painting & Gutters has partnered with Sherwin Williams for quality paint supplies to ensure long-lasting results.
4. Routine Maintenance
Making a habit out of regularly inspecting your home’s exterior for any warning signs will help you keep your property in tip-top shape. If there’s any visible signs of chalkiness, mold, dampness, or termite/bug infestation, contact a professional immediately to address the issue.
5. Color Choice
Darker colors may fade faster than lighter ones, so if you choose a dark exterior color, you might need to repaint sooner.
6. Personal Preference
Sometimes, homeowners choose to repaint their homes for aesthetic reasons or to keep up with design trends, even if the paint is still in good condition. So while the general recommendation is to repaint every 5-10 years, you may just decide one day you want a different color on the exterior of your home. There are no restrictions preventing you from painting your home at anytime.
The Cost of NOT Painting the Exterior of Your House
When it comes painting the exterior of your home, procrastination can lead to more out-of-pocket expenses in the future. If there are exposed or damaged areas of paint, it’s an immediate indicator that your living quarters need attention ASAP. By ignoring these indicators, you can risk having to spend even more for home repairs.
To determine the ideal repainting schedule for your home, it’s advisable to inspect the exterior annually for signs of paint deterioration, such as peeling, cracking, or fading. If you notice any of these issues, it’s a good indicator that it’s time to repaint. Additionally, consulting with a professional painter can provide valuable insights into the specific needs of your home’s exterior.