We all know the drill: painting your home is a critical update if you’re hoping to boost your ROI before selling. But if you’re not planning to move, how can you tell when to freshen up your old paint?
Your painting timeline will vary wildly depending on the surface, whether you’re inside or outside, and how much wear and tear the area sees. Before you jump into this time-consuming investment, it’s nice to know when it’s really necessary!
If you’re wondering when to reach for a paintbrush, we’ve got you covered. Here’s what to know about how often to paint your house.
How Often Should You Paint Your House Exterior?
In general, most surface materials will show signs of wear and tear or degradation after about 5 years, but quality paint jobs can last up to 15 years on the right materials and with the right care. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you decide on the timing of your next repainting:
Your Siding Materials
Certain materials hold paint longer than others, so the life expectancy of your paint job will vary based on the makeup of your home.
Homes with brick, stucco, stone, or vinyl siding, for example, may not need another paint job for up to 15 years. Wood and aluminum siding, on the other hand, may need a new paint job within 5-10 years.
Your Exposure to the Elements
UV rays do more than damage your skin: they can also cause your paint job to bubble, fade, or degrade over time. As you might expect, this is especially true in our sunny Florida climate! If your home spends part of the day in the shade of trees or other buildings, of course, you’ll stand a better chance of a long-lasting paint job.
In addition, our humid weather and intense storm seasons can wreak havoc on certain siding materials—especially wood—which can affect those materials’ ability to hold their paint.
The Quality of the Last Paint Job
It may sound obvious, but high-quality paint jobs will last much longer than quick DIY work. The best exterior house painting services will use several coats of heavy-duty, fade-resistant exterior paint rather than a cheaper product.
Your Siding Maintenance
If you tend to stay on top of your home’s exterior maintenance, you may be able to extend the lifespan of your paint job by a few years. Washing off dirt and algae, for example, can keep those materials from breaking down your paint job over time, and taking care of moisture or pest issues can prevent wear and tear that can affect your paint as well.
How Often Should You Paint Your House Interior?
Depending on the room and the way you use it, you may need to repaint your home’s interior every 3-10 years. In general, rooms that see more use and activity will need more frequent paint jobs, while rooms that you use less often may only need the occasional touch-up.
The painted walls of an adult’s bedroom will last a long time, often up to 5-7 years. This is especially true for anyone who spends little time in the room.
However, the case is different with children’s bedrooms. Frequent activity can cause a great deal of wear and tear, which is worse if you find yourself scrubbing the walls after scuffs, scratches, or little handprints. Most kids’ rooms will need a new paint job every 2-4 years, though you can ask an expert about adding a protective satin sheen over the base color to extend the lifespan.
Halls tend to see the most foot traffic of any room in your home, which can often translate to more scrapes and scratches. Unless you take great care, you’ll often need to repaint these spaces once every 2-4 years.
Living Rooms and Dining Rooms
These more formal spaces tend to get less use, which means that your paint job may last much longer than it does in other rooms of your house. In general, you’ll need to repaint them once every 7 years or more.
Kitchens, Laundry Rooms, and Bathrooms
The walls of these rooms get more abuse than any other rooms in the home, and all of them will tend to see humidity issues that can impact the lifespan of your paint. Even worse, kitchens in particular are prone to food and grease splatters that need occasional scrubbing, which can lead to further wear and tear on your walls. In general, you’ll want to repaint these rooms every 3-4 years.
How Can You Make Your Paint Job Last Longer?
Whether you’re working on the inside or outside of your home, a few quick tips can help extend the lifespan of your project.
Before You Paint
House painting preparation is the key to a long-lasting paint job. Make sure that you’re working with a clean surface by treating the area for mold, cracks, holes, and other imperfections. If you’re outside, it’s always a good idea to sand and/or pressure wash the area to start with a smooth surface; if you’re inside, don’t forget to scrub the area clean.
Your contractors should always start with a heavy-duty primer, which can offer a smoother finish and prevent premature cracking and peeling paint in the future. They’ll also give the surface time to dry before adding your paint.
After You Paint
To preserve your paint job, there are a few things you’ll want to do as the years pass.
First, make sure to address any issues that cause peeling, warping, or cracking, such as moisture issues within your walls. Tackling the root cause can mean the difference between touching up a few areas or doing a premature repainting job.
Next, clean with care. You should pressure wash your exteriors around once a year to remove dirt, mold, or algae. When cleaning indoors, remove surface dirt with a vacuum or soft towel, and always try gentle cleaners before harsh chemicals.
Last, consider asking your contractors for their leftover paint, which allows you to do an occasional touch-up as needed to keep your paint job looking fresh.
Make the Most of Your Paint Job
If you’re ready to update your old paint job, don’t do it alone!
Our full-service experts can tackle any interior or exterior painting project, allowing you to reap the benefits of a professional paint job without lifting a finger. For more information on our services, our house painting costs, and much more, call us with your questions or reach out for a quote.