Residential painting in Tigard is the best way to boost your home’s aesthetics and protect it against accelerated wear and tear. Exterior paint coat, for instance, forms the first line of defense against harsh exterior elements like rainfall, sunlight, frost, high levels of humidity and temperature fluctuations. If you’re planning to resell your home, a fresh coat of paint can increase your home’s value and allow you to sell it faster.
While many homeowners in Tigard, Beaverton, Sherwood, and other Oregon surrounding areas understand the importance of residential repainting, knowing when to repaint a home can be quite tricky. While each home is unique and each wall material has different painting needs, we will be sharing general guidelines and pointers on when you should have your home repainted;
Consider Your Substrate Material
• Aluminum siding – usually about 5 years.
• Wood siding – repaint every 3-7 years, or every 4 years if it’s stained.
• Stucco – requires repainting 5-6 years.
• Cement fiberboard siding –can go 10-15 years before repainting.
• Brick – if it’s not painted, it only needs occasional cleaning; if it’s painted, it can last 15-20 years.
So from the above general recommendations, if you know when your house was last painted, you can be able to tell when it will need repainting next. But the repainting schedule recommended above can quickly change depending on various factors such as local climate, location, quality of the previous paint job, paint quality and color, etc. Which is why the following consideration is also important.
The Condition of Your Siding
Regardless of when you last repainted your house, if it has noticeable signs of paint failure, it’s time to repaint it. Waiting for too long to repaint your home can lead to more expensive repairs down the line. So here are the main signs it’s time to repaint your home:
Paint fading is essentially excessive lightening of the paint color, mostly due to extended exposure to sunlight. The UV rays break down the color pigments in the paint, leaving behind a lighter shade with a watered-down look. Fading paint is hard to touch-up because you often end up with unflattering paint patches that vary in color. While you don’t have to repaint at the first sign of fading, excessive fading can make your house to look old, and neglected.
Paint blistering is characterized by small to medium-sized blisters or bubbles under the paint film. It occurs when air or water vapor trapped under the paint attempts to escape lifting a small section of the paint coat off the surface. Blistering can be caused by painting in direct sunlight on a hot surface, painting on a damp surface or when moisture penetrates under the paint film. Significant blistering is a sure sign that your house needs a new paint job.
Paint Peeling and Flaking
These are advanced signs of paint failure and a strong indicator that you need a new paint job. Paint peeling, like the name suggests, is the peeling of paint off the painted surface due to loss of adhesion. This could be caused by poor surface prep during the previous paint job, painting over wet surfaces, or using low-quality paint products. During a repaint, the peeling and flaking paint will have to be scraped off before applying a new coat of paint.
Other signs of paint failure to look out for include paint cracking, checking, chalking, and sagging/running. Basically, any sign of paint failure that makes your house look unpleasant warrants some level of attention from a professional painting contractor.
I hope the above considerations will give you an idea of when to have your home repainted to avoid expensive repairs later.
If you’re looking for professional residential repainting service, Maller Painting can help. We have years of residential painting experience serving the areas of Beaverton, Sherwood, and Tigard, Oregon. To give us a try, simply book a FREE estimate below or call us on (503) 410-6366 if you have any questions.