You may have passed a home today and thought, “Jeez, they really should give it a new paint job.” If a home’s exterior is faded, cracked, or peeling (or all of the above), then, yes, it’s definitely time to head to the local paint store.
Ideally, you want to stay ahead of the game. That means ensuring that your house looks attractive, while also doing well by the exterior surfaces. The question of how often to paint can depend on several factors:
- The materials. If you have aluminum siding, consider setting aside home maintenance money so that you can re-paint every five years. Wood siding should be 3-6 years, while areas covered with stain are 4 years. Painted brick? You should be good for 15 years or more.
- The area you live in. Different areas have weather that can be harder on your paint. Prolonged summer heat can lead paint to bubble and crack. Direct sunlight produces fading, while humidity and harsh weather can also take their toll.
- Preventive maintenance. Regularly inspect your home’s exterior for signs of rot, mold, or termites. If any of these are evident, get ahead of the problem by dealing with it immediately.
Exterior painting can be quite involved, between the amount of paint and time required, as well as working around the weather. However, the longer you leave it, the more time-consuming and expensive it will be because the prep work will take all that much longer.
Giving your home a nice paint job every few years cannot help but increase its curb appeal. Even if you are not planning to sell at the time you do the work, you will already have it done, should the decision arise to place your home on the market. Getting a house ready for sale can be quite a lot of work, but at least you won’t have much to do on the outside.