How often should I paint my house? Well, that depends if you are painting the interior or the exterior, The Interiors are very different from exteriors. To further explain the difference between exterior and interior paint, check out our article, “Is exterior paint the same as interior paint?”.
How often should I paint the interior of my house?
General wear and tear for the average family will have you repainting your interior every 10 to 15 years. But for the high traffic areas such as baseboards may need a new coat of paint every five years. If you have young kids, you may want to consider painting more frequently.
Unfortunately, when you cause wall damage, nicks, dents, scratches, or nail holes, it can make touching up a wall next to impossible as it will show the new paint quite clearly. This will require the entire section of that wall to be repainted.
- Darker wall colors will of course fade faster.
- Midtone colors will always hide wall damage and fade more than a white or darker color.
Paint colors and sheens are super important when it comes to the painting process and the overall longevity of the home, to learn more check out our article on “Best paint for the interior and exterior of my home?”
How often should I paint the exterior of my house?
First and foremost it is generally a rule of thumb to paint your trim every five years and your wall surface every eight years. South and west-facing walls will of course fade much faster. But as a whole, you want to redo your siding every eight years.Fading is Inevitable. Of course, choosing an exterior color is going to play a big role in this. Blues reds and greens tend to fade the fastest. If you’re looking for the longest-lasting color earth and mid-tones are always the best. Check out our article on “Exterior house colors and how to pick the right one”
The higher the sheen level the longer you’re painting will last against the elements.
Horizontal surfaces such as decks and window sills should be addressed annually.
Along with painting, caulking should always be considered annually as well. It can separate with the shrinkage and expansion of the wood during extreme weather in the winter and summer.
When the water stops beading off the wall it may be time to look at repainting. Reach out to the trusted pros to book a consultation.