How often do you need to repaint your home? Well, the answer varies. You may need to repaint wood siding every three to seven years. Paint on aluminum or stucco may last five or six years, while paint on brick can last up to 20 years. Stains may need to be applied every four years. With so much variety, how do you know when it’s time to contact a painter? Luckily, there are some telltale signs. If you see the following issues, it’s time to repaint.
1. Fading Colors
Quality exterior paint has built in UV-resistance, but over time, even the best paint starts to fade. If you see uneven colors between areas that get a lot of sun and areas that are shaded, that usually signals that it’s time to repaint.
2. Peeling, Bubbling, and Cracking
Over time, paint starts to wear out, and it begins to separate from its surface. As this happens, bubbles and cracks begin to appear in the paint, and in some areas, the paint may peel off. When this happens, you need to arrange to paint your home as quickly as possible. Remember, exterior paint is more than just color. It’s a protective layer that protects your home from moisture and rot. If you don’t repaint at this point, you may face issues in the long run.
3. Shrinking or Shifting Wood
Do the boards on your home look like they’re shrinking? Do you see gaps between window trim and siding? Generally, you see these signs after peeling paint has been ignored for a while, and it means that moisture is penetrating the wood of your home. You need to paint, but you should also have a contractor assess the damage to ensure you don’t need a few repairs before you get started applying color.
4. Dull Looking Front Door
Often, the front door is the part of your home that signals the need for new paint. Think of the door like a canary in the coal mine. If it is starting to look dull and faded, it’s time to consider repainting. However, if the rest of your home looks fine, you may just want to paint the door. Keep in mind, you don’t necessarily have to paint your whole exterior. Depending on your situation, you may want to brighten up the front door, repaint the wood but leave the brick work, repaint the trim, freshen up the window frames, or even just paint one side of your home.
5. Improving Curb Appeal
Sometimes, the paint may be fine, but you just need to repaint to improve your curb appeal. In particular, if you’re selling a home in a competitive market, you may want to paint. Your exterior is the first thing prospective buyers see, and if you don’t want them to drive by without stopping, you may want to spruce up your home with a new coat of paint. That said, don’t wait until you move out to enjoy a beautiful home. If you are tied of the color or just want a change, treat yourself to a new paint job.
Also keep track of the last time your home was painted. If ample time has passed, you should contact a painting contractor about doing the outside of your home. For best results, you want to get new paint on before the old paint starts peeling or cracking. To get a free estimate, contact us today. At Cape Cod Painting, we’ve been making exteriors look beautiful since 1985.