If you’re like most homeowners, you’re wondering how often you should paint the outside of your house. While it’s common sense to repaint it when it starts to look shoddy, should you repaint before then?
Here’s what you need to know.
How Often Should You Paint Your Home’s Exterior?
Fresh paint can transform the look of your home, so it could be exactly what you need to do if you’re selling your house – but you can do it before then, too. Generally speaking, you should:
- Re-stain wood siding about every 4 years
- Repaint aluminum siding about every 5 years
- Repaint cement fiberboard siding about every 10 years
- Repaint brick about every 15 years
Some paint doesn’t stick around as well as other types do, and several factors can affect that. Sometimes it has to do with the previous paint job, the climate and how well you’ve maintained the outside of your house.
When Previous Paint Jobs Go Bad
The quality (and even the color) of the paint the last owners – or you – used last time the house was repainted has a major impact on how long your exterior paint job will last. The number of coats your painters used and whether they painted on a cloudy day has an effect, too.
Climate and Weather
Strong sun can cause paint to bubble and fade, and the effects are more prevalent with dark colors. Harsh winters, frequent storms and rain, and even extreme humidity can cause your paint to age more quickly – and so can ocean breezes.
How Well You Maintain Your Home’s Exterior
The better you care for your home’s exterior, the more likely your paint is to stay in good condition. If you treat issues (like dampness, chalkiness or pest infestation) quickly, you can extend your paint’s lifespan.
Do You Need to Talk to an Exterior Paint Expert in Myrtle Beach?
We can help keep the outside of your home looking its best, from Myrtle Beach to Pinehurst – call us at 910-725-3227 to find out how. We’ll be happy to give you a free painting estimate for any of our services, too, so call today!