How To Know When It Is Time To Paint Your Home

May 29th, 2009

Some surfaces need to be painted every year, like decks and stained front doors. Other surfaces only need to be painted every three years like window sills. Most surfaces on a home with one coat of paint will last 5 years and with two coats of paint last 8-10 years and look much better during the life of the paint job.

Sure Signs of Wear and Tear

Mildew and Mold

Small grey spores grow on the surface of the paint. They flourish in the microscopic nuggets of a paint job. The sun fuels them, the moisture holds them and a roughed up, porous older paint surface will permit them to grow. Good paints have a built in mildew-cide which will prevent the growth at the beginning of the paint job. Never fear though, a simple powerwash can clean mildew and mold off of the paint surface without harming the paint job. If powerwashed by a professional…It is similar to a strong rain storm with organic chemicals.

Color Fading

Fading of your paint color occurs when the sunlight breaks down the paint skin. The constant ultraviolet rays cause the paint surface to lose its color. It gets lighter and lighter until eventually losing most of its vibrant surface color.


Chalking occurs when the paint surface film actually breaks down, stops sticking to each other and just become basically dust. Usually a yellow paint job will have yellow dust on the surface from the sunlight beating down on the surface.

Splitting of Caulk at the Seams

Good caulk is very elastic. The longer the warranty, usually the better the caulking. However, no caulking will last 45 years like the labels say. There is too much movement in wood and too much stretching for caulking to last this long. On moveable areas of the home, like garage doors, the caulking can sometimes split out in less than a year.

Wood Grain

To see a natural wood grain through a paint or stain job is a beautiful thing. That is why paint is better than vinyl or aluminum. However, to see the wood fibers and cracks in the wood means it is time to paint or stain again to protect that wood from splintering and rotting.


This is the final stage of paint failure. At this point the paint is no longer protecting the surfaces beneath it. They are exposed in that area and vulnerable to future damage like wood rot, stucco cracking or delaminating. These areas of paint peeling need touched up or recoated completely to protect the surfaces underneath.


As time goes on, color choices change. If you have a home that is outdated with older style colors, for a very economical investment, you can change the complete look of the inside or outside of your home by painting. Colors on exteriors have become more soft and neutral. Instead of extremely light bodies of homes and extremely dark trim colors, homeowners and color consultants are looking for similar colors that compliment each other. On the interior, bold accent walls of deep, rich dark colors are becoming popular again. A color consultant or paint store visit will help you with selecting and visualizing new color trends for your home

New Builds

Often new homeowners in newly built homes ask when is it time for me to paint my home? The interior is usually painted one year later, after the home has settled and drywall cracks/nail pops are fixed. Builders often use cheap, flat white paint. Residential Repaint experts use higher quality paints with unlimited r selections and thick, rich, velvety coatings that don’t stain or rub off as easily as builder paint. It is a lot harder to work with, and uses a lot more paint, but the final product is worth the effort.

The exterior of a newly built home is a similar story. Usually 3-5 years after moving in is when homeowners call a Residential Repainting Expert. You will begin to see signs of blistering at this time due to the builder using a cheaper, unprimed builder grade paint. The color will have faded greatly, chalking may be setting in. Some areas of peeling will be evident on window and door frames.

A residential repaint expert will always put two good coats of paint on your new home, not one builder coat. This will last twice as long. A repaint specialist will always use a higher grade paint that lasts longer and holds its color better. Repaint professionals will prime exposed wood areas, caulk more areas and powerwash the surfaces to make sure they are clean before applying these two coats.

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Geoff A Sharp – EzineArticles Expert Author

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