The exteriors of our homes require a certain amount of upkeep especially the paint which sees wear and tear through all types of weather, debris, animals, and anything else that crosses its path. You can repaint your home’s exterior as often as you want but how often should you paint it to keep it looking nice? Most people will generally advise repainting between 3 to 5 years to refresh the coat. However, the timeframe may change depending on several factors.

Siding Material

All houses are constructed with different materials and each one has a different impact on how long the paint can last. Stucco is good for 5 to 6 years before it needs to be repainted. Wood siding has a larger window of time, anywhere from 3 years to 6 years. Homes with aluminum siding can expect to repaint after 5 years. Cement fiberboard siding is relatively sturdy and will last homeowners a very long time. The recommended period between paint jobs can be 10 to 15 years. Finally, painted brick will last the longest and require the least amount of attention. You can look into repainting your brick exterior after 12 to 18 years.

Previous Paint

If you’re previous paint job wasn’t done very well, you can’t expect it to last as long. A well-painted home requires a good preparation process from power washing the surface to clearing out mold and mildew. The quality of the paint on your home and the number of coats that were applied can also have an impact on how long it will last. At the very best, even if everything is done perfectly, some shades of paint just aren’t meant to last as long as others. For example, lighter shades applied in multiple coats will be more sturdy than darker paint colors.

Maintenance and Upkeep

Preventative maintenance habits that you have as a homeowner will also play into the life of our exterior paint. Some people aren’t as attentive with their home’s exterior as others and that’s okay. It just means that the exterior paint may need to be updated more often. If you look out for problems and tackle them ahead of time, you can get your coat to make it to its predicted lifespan. This means inspecting for rot, peeling, cracking, or fading and touching up areas as needed. Regularly washing debris and dirt from your home will also help.

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