How Often Should You Paint Your House?

Posted on October 16, 2013

Perhaps one of the more daunting tasks associated with being a homeowner is painting. Whether you hire a professional painter or do it yourself, you’ll still need to take one thing into consideration: the frequency by which it is painted. Some homeowners paint their homes every year while others never do it. Below, we’ll show you how to find the happy medium when determining how often you should paint your home.

General Rule – 5 to 7 Years

The general rule of thumb is that you should paint your home at least once every 5 to 7 years. This is especially true if you live in an area that experiences intense weather conditions. For example, a normal paint job in Washington may last 8 or 9 years while the same paint job would only last 3 or 4 years in Florida. Most homes in the Greenville, SC area need painting every 5-6 years. This is why it’s a good idea to use the above rule as it’s a good average to live by.

Variables to Consider

As we previously mentioned, your geographic location will play the biggest role in determining how frequently you paint your home. It’s often better to paint your home before 5 years than wait for it to start deteriorating.

If your home is under constant exposure to the sun then you may be looking to paint it in less than 3 years. Also note, extreme cold can also play a role on the wear and tear of the paint on your home. Here are a few good indicators that your home is ready for a new paint job:

The exterior or interior of your home has peeling or loose paint.
There are siding joints in your home that are open and that require caulking.
The siding sheen and trim on your home have become very dulled down.
There is noticeable fading on the siding of your home.
If there is rotten wood that’s visible or if there is siding that’s easily coming up then these are clear signs that your home is ready for a new paint job.