When it comes to maintaining our homes, we often put a strong emphasis on updating and maintaining the interior: Regular cleanings, frequent redecorating, and even remodeling. It can be easy to neglect the outside of your home, as it simply just seems like more of a headache to deal with. However, the exterior of your home is just as, or more important to keep up-to-date. After all, the exterior gives off the first impression of your home. And you know what they say…You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression! With a fresh coat of paint, you’ll be sure to “wow” your guests before they even enter your home. So then comes the infamous question, how often do you really need to paint the exterior? Well, it depends. It is not always as cut and dry as putting a specific time label on it. There are a few factors that will have an influence on this timeframe.
Finish of Home
Certain materials used on your exterior will keep the paint looking fresher longer than others. Wood siding will need to be repainted every 3-7 years. Aluminum siding usually lasts approximately 5 years before you will need a new coat of paint. However, if your exterior is brick or a newer material such as cement fiberboard, the paint will last much longer. Typically, you can get away with nearly15 years before you’ll need another coat of paint.
Another determining factor in how long you can go between paint jobs is the quality of the paint that was used the last time your home was painted. The number of coats that were applied and the type of paint will have an effect. Acrylic paint is typically the most durable and resistant to fading in the sun. Two or three coats of a high quality, lighter shade of paint tends to last longer.
The weather where you live will also have an impact on how long your exterior paint will hold up. If you live in a place with hot, sunny summers and your home is not protected by the shade of trees, the paint will likely fade and bubble quicker. Other weather conditions such as extreme humidity, salty ocean breezes, frequent storms, and harsh winters can age the paint more rapidly.
Like anything else in your home, the better that you maintain your exterior the longer it will last. Regular inspections can help to identify danger signs such as dampness, rotting, mold, or other infestations so they can be addressed immediately. Catching these issues before they cause further damage can save you in the long run.
Contact Rob Ross Painting
If you think your home in the North Shore of Massachusetts would benefit from a fresh coat of paint, contact Rob Ross Painting! Our team of painting experts will be happy to help. Fill out our contact form or give us a call today at (978) 265-1567.