Paint serves as your house’s first defense against the elements and the first impression guests and potential buyers receive. Once it fades, chips or peels, it’s obviously time to repaint, but here are some other signs that it might be time for a fresh coat.
- Flaking, bubbling or cracking paint: These signs often signal dry rot, wet rot or mold caused by failed weatherproofing. Strong sunlight, harsh winters, humidity and storms are all contributing factors to the damage.
- Hardened caulk: Most caulking is designed to expand and contract along with your house. As your home is exposed to more extreme weather cycles, caulking will lose its elasticity. If the beads are hard and resistant when you press down on them, it’s time to check for damage and re-caulk.
- Fading paint: Sun bleaching is common on the exterior of houses, and dark hues tend to fade faster than paler shades. However, fading on shady sides of the house indicate problems with the vapor barrier or with water intrusion. Look for stains dripping downward on the paint.
- Patching stucco: To minimize costs without re-stuccoing the entire house, patch stucco cracks and repaint the whole exterior of the home. Otherwise, you will be left with streaks or patchwork from paint that doesn’t match.
- Paint color morphed: The sun’s UV rays cause paint to fade and sometimes transform to an undesired shade after painting. Many homeowners are left in awe as their once beige home morphs into a shade of pink in a matter of weeks because of the sun. To prevent this color change, make sure the paint is an exterior grade that can withstand UV effects.
- If your house is new: If possible, prime the wood siding before it is installed. Typically, contractors spray one coat of paint over pre-primed wood. The primer helps minimize warpage but is generally insufficient in preventing swelling or shrinkage. Plan on painting within five years after priming to ensure a good layer of protective paint before much damage has occurred.
- Don’t wait: Waiting until paint chips are visible from the street shouldn’t be the sign that it’s time to paint. Painting your house early minimizes damage to the exterior of the home and the need for preparatory work like scraping flaking paint or caulking seals. Minimizing the need for prep work helps lower painting costs.
Most homes need to be painted every seven to ten years, but the timeframe can vary based on materials and region. For example, in areas of intense sunlight, wood siding may need to be painted every three to seven years as compared to four to ten years in less intense regions.
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