When Spring and Summertime approach, it means it’s time to break out the exterior paint and give your home’s exterior a fresh new look. But how often should you paint the facade of your house? And what can you do to make your exterior paintwork last longer?
In general, most exterior paintwork should last around five to seven years before needing repainting. Of course, this depends on a number of factors, such as: the quality of the paint, the type of paint you use, the prep work you do before painting, and how well you maintain the exterior of your home. Here are a few tips to help you make your exterior paint last longer:
1. Use quality paint. Cheap paint might seem like a great way to save money, but it probably won’t hold up to the elements as well as high-quality paint. In the long run, you’ll likely end up spending more money on cheap paint because you’ll need to repaint more often.
2. Be sure to prepare your surfaces well before painting. Make sure they are clean, dry and free of peeling paint or other residue. The better you prepare your surfaces, the better the paint will adhere and the longer your finish will last.
3. Choose the right color for the job. There are different types of varnish for different surfaces. For example, there is exterior color for trim and moldings, and there are different colors for doors and windows. Be sure to use the right color for the job for best results.
4. Paint on a cool, dry day. Hot, humid days are not ideal for painting. The heat can cause the paint to dry too quickly, which can result in a subpar finish. It is best to paint when the temperature is cool and the humidity is low.
5. Don’t forget to prime. Priming is an important step in painting, especially if you’re painting over a dark color. Be sure to use a quality primer that’s suitable for outdoor use. As a result, your paintwork will last longer and look better.
6. Use two coats of paint. One coat is usually not enough to get good coverage, especially with darker colors. Be sure to use two coats for best results.
7. Protect your paintwork with a sealant. A sealer will help protect your paintwork from the elements and make it last longer. Be sure to choose a sealer that is suitable for outdoor use.
8. Clean the outside of your home regularly. Keeping the exterior of your home clean can extend the life of your paintwork.
Don’t forget to pressure wash your side panels and trim regularly to remove any dirt, dust or pollen that could cause your paint to crack prematurely.
By following these tips, you can help your exterior paint last longer. Of course, even with the best care, your paintwork will have to be renewed at some point. But by following these tips, you can help extend the life of your paintwork and save you money in the long run.
Maybe you just moved into a new home and want to change the exterior paint, or maybe you’ve lived in your home for decades and it’s time to give it a fresh coat of paint. Either way, you’re probably wondering how often you need to paint your home’s exterior and what factors affect the lifespan of the paint.
You may also have heard that there are professional painting companies that claim they can offer a “lifetime” guarantee on their work. So what is the truth? How long should an exterior painting last when done by a professional contractor? Any paint job, no matter how well done, will eventually need to be redone.
The amount of time between coats depends on a number of factors, including the type of paint used, the weather conditions in your area, and the wear and tear of the home. For example, a home in a sunny, dry climate will last longer between coats of paint than a home in a humid, rainy climate.
A home with little traffic and few children or pets will also last longer than a home with a lot of activity. While there is no definite answer as to how long an exterior paint job should last, most coats of paint need to be repainted every three to five years. However, there are some professional painting companies that offer “lifetime” guarantees on their work. That means they’ll repaint your home for free if the paint starts to fade or peel.
Of course, these guarantees usually come with some conditions attached, e.g. B. You must use the same company for all future paintwork and you may be responsible for any damage to the paintwork caused by you or your family. While a “lifetime” guarantee might sound like a good deal, it’s important to read the fine print before agreeing to anything. Otherwise, you may be stuck with a company you don’t like or a paint finish that won’t last as long as you thought it would.
For more information or help with your exterior, contact Professional Finish Painters.