How Often Should the Exterior of Your Home be Painted?
The frequency at which you should paint the exterior of your home largely depends on a variety of factors such as the type of paint used, the climate in your area, the age and condition of the existing paint job, and the level of exposure to the elements. Here is a basic time frame to consider:
Wood siding - 3-7 years, or 4 years if it is stained
Aluminum siding - 5 years
Stucco - 5-6 years
Cement Fiberboard Siding - 10-15 years
Brick - 15-20 years
1. Type of Paint Used
Sherwin Williams is one of our favorite paints to use when painting exteriors. They are a reputable brand of paint known for their durability and longevity. The company offers a range of high-quality exterior paints that are specifically formulated to withstand harsh weather conditions, resist fading and cracking, and provide long-lasting protection for your home's exterior. When repainting the exterior of your home, it is worth paying a little more up front for quality than having to repaint in a couple years due to poor quality paint.
2. Pacific Northwest Climate
The four seasons we experience here in the Pacific Northwest are absolutely beautiful, but can be hard on our homes. With weather conditions ranging from heavy snow in the winter to sun pounding heat in the summer, your paint job may not last as long and you may need to repaint more frequently. 5-10 years in our area is a good starting point, of course if you notice any signs of damage to the existing paint such as cracking, peeling, or fading, you may need to repaint sooner to avoid further damage to the underlying structure of your home. Regular maintenance, such as cleaning and touch-up painting, can help extend the life of your paint job. Pressure washing in the springtime is a great way to get that dirt and grime off your paint before it starts to deteriorate your existing paint job.
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Benjamin Franklin
3. Age and Condition of Existing Paint Job
The age and condition of an existing paint job can be a significant factor in determining whether or not it's time to repaint your home's exterior. When you purchase a new home, its always a good idea to ask when the last time it was painted and with what type of paint. If your paint job is older and showing signs of wear and tear, it's important to consider repainting sooner rather than later to prevent further damage to the exterior of your home. Additionally, if you notice any areas where the paint is blistering or peeling, this can be a sign that the underlying surface has been compromised and needs to be addressed. If the paint is older and contains lead, it may need to be removed and replaced with a safer, more environmentally friendly alternative.
Let us know if we can come out and give you a free estimate on your next exterior painting project!