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How Often Should You Paint Your House? All Questions Answered

May 05, 2019

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Your cracked and peeling paint job will do nothing for your curb appeal. It wasn't that long ago that you painted your house. Still, there are a couple of things that can determine when you should repaint that is out of your control.

So, how often should you paint your house? To answer this, you’ll have to ask yourself a few other questions first. What is the weather like in your home town?

Do you keep up with house maintenance? Did the previous owner keep up with it and take the necessary steps to ensure the paint job will last?

If you’re not sure how to respond to these burning questions right now don't worry because we can help you find the answers with this quick painting guide.

1. How Often Should You Paint?

The general rule of thumb when it comes to how often you should paint is every 5 years or so. The thing is that this time can vary depending on the material of your house. So, the 5-year timeline is a bit of a hit or miss because it really only applies to aluminum and stucco.

When you paint, brick depending on the paint you use, it can last over 15 years whereas wood only lasts about 3. So, you'll have to research the material your home is made out of to figure out the timeline.

2. Things That Affect the Paint Job

The material and quality of the previous paint job aren't the only factors that determine when you need to repaint. The intensity of the weather in your climate plays a huge role as well.

The Previous Paint Job

It's important that you remember all the factors that went into your last house paint job because they will determine when you'll need to paint again. If you use high-quality paint that is a dark color and did several coats, that's going to last a lot longer than two coats of cheap paint that's a light color.

The time of year you did your last paint job is also important because the paint dries differently depending on if it's cold or hot out.

The Elements

Other than effecting how your last paint job dried, the kind of weather you get in your area can also determine how long it lasts. For example, if you live in a hot or humid area and have little shade around your home, the heat can cause your paint to crack and bubble up sooner than it should.

If you live somewhere with intense winters, the snow and ice can fast forward your paint's aging process as well.

3. Problems to Look out for

You can extend the life of your paint job if you take care of potential problems before they get bad enough. The main things that you need to be looking out for are cracking and bubbling, fading paint, and alterations of the paint's color.

Cracking and Bubbling

Cracking and bubbling usually means that your exterior house siding has fallen victim to rot or mold. This usually happens due to a high amount of humidity, sunlight, or really bad winters.

You can decrease your chances of this happening to your paint job by weatherproofing your siding.

Fading Paint

Fading paint can come from one of two sources. The first one is the sun. If you get a lot of sunshine in your area and don't have much shade it will eventually bleach your paint job.

The obvious way to combat this is by placing a few trees in your yard for shade or using a UV-resistant paint finish. The other thing that will cause your paint to fade is vapor from a water leak in your home.

If you notice any mysterious dripping, look for a water leak. If you can't find the source then call in a plumber to fix the situation before it damages your paint too severely.

Changed Paint Color

Even if the sun doesn't make your paint color fade, it may just change your paint color altogether. If you don't like the idea of the sun redecorating for you then again, pick up paint or a paint finish that is strong against UV rays.

New Home

When contractors build a brand-new house, they do paint it but they only use one coat. While this isn't a problem that you should be looking out for necessarily, it is a reason to repaint because that coat isn't going to last very long.

Remember the 5-year rule that we talked about in the beginning? This will apply no matter the material when you buy a brand spanking new house.

5. How to Make Your Paint Job Last a While

Buying high-quality paint and doing maintenance on your home won't help you if you paint siding that has been damaged. So, before you put on your first coat fill in cracks and holes with caulk.

If there are any chips and rot on the siding, blast it off with a power washer. If you don't blast off cracked paint before you try and put on a new coat, you'll find that it either won't stick or will look clumpy.

How Often Should You Paint Your House? It Depends

When asking yourself how often should you paint your house, there are a few more questions you should ask on top of it. The age of your current paint job, the age of your home, the kind of climate you are in, and the type of material you home is made out of all play a role in how long your paint will last. Use these tips to help your paint last as long as possible.

The one surefire way to make sure your paint job will look great and last for a while is to hire an experienced contractor. Keep reading for a few tips on how to find the best one.