How Often Should You Paint Your House?
There is no one magical formula that tells you exactly when to paint your home's exterior. It gets determined by your climate, the painted surface condition, and the paint's quality.
How Often Should You Paint Your House Exterior?
Some experts recommend a fresh coat of paint every five years or so, while others believe an exterior paint job can last ten years or even 15 years.
How Long Does Exterior Paint Last?
Coastal home exteriors get battered by the sun, salt, and sand and need frequent exterior paint jobs. Climates with high humidity in the summer and harsh winters will also need more frequent painting.
Paint fades in bright sunlight, and the sun can also cause peeling and blistering.
Painted brick homes are a current design trend that requires repainting based on whether the underlying brick is wholly covered or allowed to peek through.
Average Exterior Paint Warranty
Professional painters and paint manufacturers both offer warranties for exterior painting. Exterior paint will often come with a manufacturer's warranty that is good for 10-20 years. Some high-quality paints even offer lifetime warranties.
Painting experts say defects in workmanship that the warranty covers will appear in the first 2-3 years. The painting company will usually provide a list of things that are not covered by the warranty, including damage from extreme weather conditions, pooling water, or excessive wear and tear.
But a professional painter will tell you that you are likely to repaint before the contract runs its course to either change the color or increase your home's curb appeal.
How Often to Paint Stucco Exterior?
Stucco is a durable material that should get repainted every 5-10 years. Stucco is prone to cracking and hairline cracks that are small enough to be covered and sealed with paint. If the cracks expand, moisture can get behind the stucco and lead to rotting wood. Stucco is applied in three layers with a finish coat on top.
How Often Does Cedar Siding Need to be Painted?
Cedar siding needs repainting every 5-10 years. Individual cedar shakes or planks can soften up if left untreated and may eventually rot.
The correct way to paint cedar siding is to cover it in an oil-based wood primer first and then follow with exterior latex paint. Oil-based primers seal the porous surface of the wood.
Some homeowners prefer to stain cedar siding with a solid stain or a transparent stain. Painters refresh the job with a maintenance coat or stain every few years.
How Often Should Wood Siding Be Painted?
Wood siding paint lasts 3-7 years. If the house receives less sunlight, the paint might last 4-10 years.
How Often Should You Paint Masonite Siding?
Masonite siding, also called hardboard siding, is a type of pressboard siding made of wood fibers, wax, and resins. It will need repainting about every 8-years.
How Often Should Metal Siding be Painted?
Aluminum siding needs fresh paint every 5 years or so. Painting aluminum siding is an essential home maintenance step.
How Often Should Composite Siding Be Painted?
Composite siding is created by compressing and bonding wood scraps together. It only needs to be repainted every 10 to 15 years.
Cement fiberboard sidings are also synthetic. It is a mixture of wood pulp, water, cement, and a sandy filler. Fiber cement siding is a popular siding material because it looks like wood but behaves like a stone.
What are the signs that your home is past due for a fresh paint job?
Paint is a layer of protection for your home that works best when it is in good shape. Checking the condition of the paint job should be a part of routine maintenance.
- Peeling or blistering paint
- Cracked paint
- Cracks in stucco
- Cracked caulking
- Faded paint
- Evidence of dry rot
- Visible signs of water intrusion
Best Time to Paint House Exterior?
Paint your house when the weather is moderate. Avoid temperature and humidity extremes. And do not paint in the rain.
Acrylic latex paint properly adheres and dries at temperatures between 50 degrees and 85 degrees. In temperatures as low as 35 Fahrenheit, it might not cure properly. In extreme heat, it can dry too quickly.
Oil-based paints can stand a wider range of temperatures, but they are not popular in modern home exteriors.
A crisp, dry, early fall day with comfortable temperatures and low humidity is a great painting environment that allows your paint to dry.
What Causes Exterior Paint to Deteriorate?
- The weather can be tough on exterior paint.
- UV rays from the sun can fade or bleach paint color.
- Rain and humidity wear away at the paint.
- Sometimes ineffective painting prep work shows through.
- Less expensive paint may also have paint durability issues.
What Can I Do to Extend my Exterior Paint Job?
Paying attention to details helps an exterior paint job last. Begin by asking an experienced house painter for a free estimate. The estimate should cover everything from surface preparation to trim painting to the paint brand to the number of exterior paint coats. The assessment should also detail whether the painter will cover metal surfaces with a rust inhibitive metal primer.
Find out your painter's preference for cleaning the exterior.
- Should you use a power washer on every surface?
- Will some surfaces need cleaning with a wire brush even after they are power washed?
- Is the paint in such bad shape that the painter will have to scrape it down to bare wood by hand to ensure the new paint adheres?
- Will your painting professional be searching for signs of water intrusion?
You do not want to paint a dirty house. That can lead to intercoat peeling when the new layer of paint will not adhere to the old.
The painter should point out surface imperfections that will not go away. Your painting professional may also examine the previous paint job and note areas of wear.
Painting preparation is more than one-half of the job.
Does Home Insurance Cover Repainting?
Not usually. Standard homeowners insurance policies only cover painting if the house needs it after a covered hazard. Your insurance carrier will not pay for repainting just because you want a new color or new look.
- Damage from vandalism or theft, up to your coverage limit, probably falls under your home insurance coverage.
- Fire damages do as well.
- But water damage falls into two different categories. Damage from a pipe that bursts inside your home may be covered. But flooding caused by natural disasters is not covered unless you have additional flood insurance.
Hope that helps!
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