How Often Should I Update the Exterior Paint on My Home?
It is a question many of us dread to ask, when is it time to update my home’s exterior paint? It isn’t a black and white. There are actually several factors to consider.
Everyone wants a home that is up to date and a nice paint job shows a well-maintained home. First, always design a plan and make sure that a routine paint job is your budget before taking the plunge and making the commitment to repaint.
Did you know that different material requires different time frames?
If your home has wood siding, aluminum siding or stucco, try to update the paint about every 5 years.
If your home has cement fiberboard siding or painted brick, try to update the paint about every 15 years. Unpainted brick just needs to be cleaned regularly.
Factors that can impact your exterior paint
The climate of the area you are living in impacts the durability of the paint. For example, living near the coast will cause paint to be updated more frequently because of the sand and sun damage along with the constant salty air. Ultraviolet rays from the sun can degrade the chemical compounds in the paint. This is why the quality of the paint you use is also important and plays a role in the durability of your exterior’s paint.
Different Paint Types
Darker paints will lighten quickly, especially if they are oil based.
Fortunately, the more updated paint options are acrylic latex and happens to be more durable against all of mother nature’s elements. This paint will less likely blister, crack or even harden over the years.
Glossy and semi-glossy paints are also durable, but they might expose flaws more easily.
Not only is the quality of your paint important, but so is the quality of the painter and supplies used. Instead of stressing about doing the work yourself, it is a good investment to hire a residential painter to get the job done for you!
Signs you may need to update your home’s exterior paint
- Any paint damage that includes paint that is faded, peeling, chalking or blistering.
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