Taking care of your home interiors with regular spends on maintenance is one of the most important things you can do to keep its value up. Along with keeping your kitchen and bathrooms clean, a fresh paint job on the outside every few years makes the house look inviting. Quality paint must be the only option to consider for protecting your home’s exterior against the elements.
So how do you know when it’s time to paint your house? Watch for these signs.
- Paint shows signs of wear
Peeling, bubbling, and cracking paint are signs that the paint wasn’t applied correctly in the first place or that the paint has succumbed to the elements. It could also indicate dry rot or mould. Do not ignore these signs. Immediate maintenance is advised.
- Paint is fading
Fading paint makes a house look worn and tired and definitely brings down market value as first impressions are everything. Dark paints fade quicker than lighter paints, so when repainting, choose a colour wisely. You can speak to our experts for a paint consultation in this matter.
- Visible gaps or shrinking
If you have a wooden exterior and it appears that the boards on your home’s exterior are shrinking and gaps are visible between the boards it is a sign of potential dry rot. This means that moisture could be getting into the wood. Talk to a professional to assess the damage.
- Caulk is cracking
If the caulking on the exterior of your house is cracking or showing signs of being brittle, it has lost its elasticity and it’s time for an updated paint job.
So how often does your house need to be painted?
Exteriors should be painted every 5 to 10 years. This time frame depends also on how well your house was painted the last time, the quality of paint that was used, the quality of the prep work that was done, the location of your house and the surface of your exterior walls.
Wood surfaces need to be painted every 3 to 7 years. Stucco should be repainted every 5 to 6 years.