Repainting the exterior of your home is undoubtedly the best renovation with the highest return on investment you can ever do to your home. Quite frankly, nothing gives the outside of your home a fast, impressive facelift like a fresh coat of paint.
Other benefits of repainting your exterior include improved curb appeal, increased property value, protection against the harsh weather elements, and extending the durability of your siding.
With that in mind, how often should you repaint the exterior of your home? Well, there is no single answer to that, it mainly depends on a number of factors such as the type of your siding, the finish, the quality of last paint job, among other factors.
The Type of Siding
Different siding materials have different durability rates and their ability to hold paint also varies. Here is a quick look at the most common materials;
• Wood siding: Wood siding is probably the least durable, lasting about 3-7 years when painting and approximately 4 years when stained.
• Aluminum: can go about 5 years before requiring another paint job
• Stucco: typically lasts 5-6 years
• Brick: if unpainted, only requires occasional cleaning, although you will need to paint the trim, of course. If you do choose to paint the brick itself, a good quality job will last 15-20 years.
• Cement fiberboard siding: 10-15 years.
Averagely, repainting needs to be done after every 5 years. However, this can change depending on a number of factors such as weather, climate, location and the quality of the previous paint job.
Factors Affecting the Durability of a Paint Job
- Previous Paint Job
The durability of paint on any siding largely depends on the quality of the last paint job and products used. Exterior repaint is an extensive project that requires a lot of preparation and patience. Any surface that is showing signs of the paint peeling, flaking or bubbling needs to be stripped, sanded and thoroughly cleaned before paint can be applied.
Skipping or skimping on any of the important surface preparation processes means that the paint won’t properly adhere to the surface as required, hence setting a stage for premature paint failure. High-quality primer and paint applied using the correct technique is also more likely to last longer.
- Weather Elements
Your location and the weather around you will affect how long your previous paint job lasts. Rain, frost, sleet, high humidity, and UV rays all can quickly degrade your paint job. So if you live somewhere with extremely hot summers and your home is not sheltered by trees, the effect of UV rays is likely to degrade your paint much faster. Thankfully, Clinton Township and Michigan, in general, don’t receive much of these weather extremities.
How long your paint job lasts depends on the maintenance effort you put in. Regular inspection of your siding and preventative maintenance can help you notice and remedy paint failure issues before the damage becomes extensive.
Look at your house regularly to watch for signs of wear and tear. Specific things to watch out for are dampness, rot, chalkiness, insect or rodent infestation, and mold. If you notice any of these signs, fix them right away and your paint job could last much longer –saving you a lot of money and time in the long.
Other than the recommended repaint timelines above, you should always be on the lookout for signs of a failing paint job. Regardless of when you last painted your home’s exterior, signs of damage may mean it’s time for a new paint job.
While minor signs of paint damage may be fixed with a simple touch-up, extensive paint peeling, fading, flaking, bubbling and mold/mildew growth might mean it’s time to repaint your entire exterior.
Regularly updating the paint on your home’s exterior is a great way of increasing your home’s value, improving your curb appeal and ensuring that your property lasts much longer.
If your exterior is showing significant signs of paint failure, our team at Eason Painting can offer professional help. Our team has extensive experience and training to handle any type of siding and we only use high-quality paint products.