Repainting Your Home – When Does It Need to be Done?

Painting the exterior of a home is no easy or cheap feat, which is why many homeowners put it off for as long as possible. Some experts will tell you to repaint your home every 5-7 years, while others say you can wait as many as 15 years between paintings. Which one is right?

Both recommendations are right because several factors play a role in how often you should repaint your home. Below, we look at these factors to help you determine how often your own home should be repainted. 

Location is a Huge Factor

Where your home is located is a huge factor in how often it needs to be repainted. 

For example, beach homes, which are regularly exposed to salty air, sand, and intense sunlight will need to be repainted almost yearly because these elements deteriorate exterior paint quickly. On the other hand, the exterior paint on a home in Massachusetts will likely last longer as it doesn’t have the extreme conditions to contend with that coastal homes do. 

Materials

The quality of paint and tools you use also make a difference in how often you will need to repaint the exterior of your home. As a general rule, the better quality paint you use, the more durable its finish will be. When it comes to exterior house paint, you could spend anywhere from $25-$100 per gallon, which if you own a 3,000 sq. ft. home, means you’ll spend $600-$1,500 in paint alone. Painting the outside of a house is expensive but resisting the temptation to cut costs by purchasing poor quality paint might keep you from having to repaint more often than you’d like. 

So, How Often Do You Need to Repaint the Exterior of Your Home?

The best way to make your home’s exterior paint last longer is to inspect it regularly and address any issues you find as quickly as possible. Keep the outside of your home clean and free of mold, mildew, dirt, spider webs, etc. by pressure washing it annually and repair or touch up any areas that need it in between paintings. 

By using quality paint and keeping up with regular maintenance, you can extend the life of your home’s exterior paint for longer so you don’t have to repaint as often.