How Often Should You Paint?
Every home is made from different materials and is located in different environments. Generally, your home’s exterior should be painted every 5 to 10 years depending on the weather, climate and previous quality of the paint. In Fort Worth, Arlington, North Richland Hills, Keller, Southlake, Colleyville, Grapevine, Hurst, Euless, Bedford or Irving areas we recommend exterior painting every 7 years. Each surface material will have a different guideline:
- Wood siding – should be painted every 3 to 7 years
- Aluminum siding – should be painted every 5 years
- Stucco – should be painted every 5 to 6 years
- Brick – (if painted) should be done every 15 to 20 years
- New materials – homes constructed with materials like cement fiberboard should be painted every 10 to 15 years
What Affects How Long Exterior Paint Lasts?
There are several factors that affect the durability of exterior paint on your home. The primary factors are weather and climate, the previous paint job and how the home was maintained.
Weather and Climate
The location of your home and type of weather plays a large part in how long your exterior paint will last. Hot summers with plenty of direct sunshine on homes not shaded by surrounding trees will experience faded paint and even bubbling. Climates with extreme storms, tough winters or with high humidity can cause paint to age prematurely.
Prior Exterior Paint Job
If you got a cheap rate on an exterior paint job last go around, chances are that the paint quality was less than standard. The type and quality of the paint and number of coats affects how long an exterior paint job will last. If you are buying a new house, be sure to ask the previous owners about any information to help determine when you will need to have the house painted again.
Exterior Home Maintenance
Just like the rest of your house, the outside needs care and attention too. If you haven’t done anything to your home’s exterior then you will need a new paint job sooner. Take a walk around your house to examine the exterior and perform preventative maintenance. Look for rot, insect infestation, mold and dampness. If you notice any of these issues, take care of it right away to keep your home’s exterior looking great.
Make Your New Exterior Paint Last
Once you hire a professional painter, they will treat any holes, replace rotted wood and fill in any cracks. Next they will scrape, sandblast or powerwash any peeling or cracked paint to create a smooth surface for the new exterior paint. The painters will apply a primer coat to help make a better surface for the new paint and then apply your new paint onto your house. Enjoy the look of your new exterior paint job. Soon all of your neighbors will be painting their houses so they look as good as yours!