Does Your House Need A Paint Job?
For some homeowners, it’s obvious that their house is in need of a paint job. For others, the signs are more subtle. Prevention is ideal, so knowing what to look for is essential. If you wait until the signs are more obvious, it’s going to take a lot more time and money to repaint everything. Reading painting blog posts is a good way to learn about the signs you need to be watching out for, and what to do about them.
When is a good time to paint your house? Does the entire house need repainted? Here are some things to look out for:
- Think about the last time your house was painted. In general, wood surfaces need to be painted every four to seven years, or at least stained every four years. Aluminum siding needs to be painted approximately every five years. Stucco can be expected to last between five and six years. Depending on the quality of the paint, brick and cement fiberboard siding will both last around twelve years. There are always variations, due to factors such as weather, the surface, and the quality of the primer and paint.
- Inspect the quality of the trim around doors and windows. The trim is susceptible to damage from trapped water or snow, and requires a touch up once a year or so. Inspect the trim annually to make sure it’s not worn out. It’s cheaper to just apply a fresh coat paint than to replace worn out trim.
- Look for gaps or shrinks around a wood home. If it appears that gaps are starting to form around the boards on your home’s exterior, you might have a dry rot problem to deal with. When moisture gets into the wood, it causes damage. Have a professional come to look at the boards right away. If the rot isn’t too bad, you might be able to repair some of the damage with epoxy. Severely rotted wood should be cut out with a chisel. When the damage has been taken care of, you can sand the remaining wood and begin applying quality primer.
Repainting the Interior of Your Home
While a freshly painted exterior increases curb appeal, freshly painted rooms make your home feel more inviting for you and your guests.
Here are some things you need to know about interior paint:
- Paint in rooms receiving a lot of natural light is more likely to fade – especially if low quality paint was used. If the walls and ceilings are starting to look dull, it’s probably time for a fresh coat of paint.
- If anybody smokes inside your home, old paint will degrade a lot faster than it normally would. The porous nature of ceilings and walls absorbs the toxic elements of nicotine. Even the smoke from the fireplace can cause problems for paint. Look for stains or dull areas caused by smoke or toxins. Those spots will not only need fresh paint, but will likely need a coat of BIN primer as well.
- Consider the high traffic areas in the home. If high quality paint was used, it may be durable enough to resist abrasion from the constant pressure of people/pets walking and playing. If a cheap paint was used, however, those areas will need to be repainted at some point.
- In areas of the house susceptible to moisture, such as the bathroom, kitchen, and basement, you will want to remodel with a durable, water-resistant paint and Alkyd primer.
Keep these guidelines in mind when determining whether or not any part of your house should be repainted. Once again, it’s important to repaint early, as soon as the signs start appearing, rather than waiting until they become more apparent.