Painting your home can be inconvenient, expensive, and time-consuming, but it is often easier than it seems. It’s a good investment that extends the integrity and aesthetic of your single greatest asset. Exterior paint is also your house’s first defense against the elements, while the interior paint creates an impression on everyone who steps inside. To help you know how often you should do this task, here are a few signs that you should grab the painting supplies.
When to Paint Your Home
- Flaking, bubbling, or cracking paint
These signs often signal dry rot, wet rot, or mold caused by failed weatherproofing. Sunlight, storms, cool temperatures, and extreme humidity can contribute to the damage.
- Fading paint
Sun bleaching is common, and dark paint colors tend to fade faster than paler shades. White paint can turn yellow in the sun. It is a good idea to top up the paint color when the sunlight alters it. However, fading on the shady sides of the house indicates there could be a problem with the vapor barrier or with water intrusion. Sort this issue out before painting.
- Before there are chips and peeling areas
Don’t wait until the paint chips are visible from the street to repaint. Painting your home before it begins to peal means that you save time prepping the surface. Scraping flaking paint, caulking seals, and replacing wood can be more time-consuming.
- Boost curb appeal
Thinking about listing your home on the market? A new coat of paint can help it to stand out and make it look fresh and appealing to potential buyers. It also helps to showcase your care for the property, indicating to buyers that you’ve taken good care of the house.
Most homes need to be painted every 7 to 10 years, but the actual timeframe varies by material and region.