There are several factors that contribute to how often you should repaint your home. Putting off a painting project can be detrimental to your home’s appearance and impact its value. More importantly, certain paint symptoms can be evidence that the health and safety of your home’s family members (and pets) may be at risk. Consistent upkeep of your home is critical to keeping it free of moisture, mold, rot and other potential hazards.
For both its aesthetic appearance and the health of your home, it’s important to wash or paint (or both) your home’s interior and exterior. But how do you know when to repaint your home? Here are a few of the factors that help determine how often you should repaint your home.
The material your home is made of can change how long your paint job lasts. For newer or more porous materials such as fiber cement, you can go 10 to 15 years between paint jobs. Less porous materials need more upkeep.
You need to repaint aluminum approximately every five years, stucco every five to six years, and wood siding every three to seven years. You can use these numbers as a general guideline to keep in mind as you monitor your home and to determine whether or not it’s time to repaint.
Initial Paint Quality
The quality of your home’s current paint can be a huge factor in figuring out when to repaint your home. If your home was painted with lower-quality materials with less pigmentation and low-quality binders, your paint probably won’t last as long as you thought it might. Conversely, if high-quality paints were used, your paint may last longer than expected.
Discuss the current paint brand and quality with your contractor, if you know what was used. Just the same, your painting contractor should share as much information and answer all of your questions about the paints and other materials they use to complete your next repainting project.
The quality of paints has changed dramatically over recent years. Not only does the stronger, higher quality of paints give you a much larger selection, but it gives you a better-finished product that should last much longer than older types of paint.
Environment and Climate
The humid summers and months of heavy rainfall in Philadelphia can affect your home’s exterior paint. All the moisture in the air can exacerbate any normal wear and tear that you would expect on your home’s exterior.
Once the paint starts peeling, bubbling, or fading, there’s a problem there and it’s time to call a painting professional to assess the damage who will provide you with a solution to fix what’s going on. Sometimes, the solution can be a simple scraping and repainting.
Other times, you may encounter a moisture source that is rotting your wood or another surface. Then there’s the dreaded mold that can make your home unhealthy to its inhabitants. The bottom line is that once you see signs that the paint is failing, it is essential to contact your painting contractor right away to protect your home and the people who live in it.
As with any type of design, home trends can play a role in the timing of repainting your home. If you’re interested in keeping up with the latest home trends, from darker kitchen cabinets to painted ceilings, you may want to repaint your home or specific parts of your home.
Maintaining your home’s current paint job can be time-consuming but helps a lot with the longevity of the paint. To help the paint look nice longer, take the time to seal holes, do small fixes, and paint over areas that need a touch-up.
Pro tip: Utilize your contractor’s warranty and have them touch up your paint for you. Militello Painting and Powerwashing have a ‘Best in the Business’ 7-year paint warranty with one hour of free touch-ups each year! Click here to find out more about our painting warranty.