The exterior of your house is the very first thing guests or potential buyers will see when they come to view your home. Moreover, clean-looking homes contribute to a positive neighborhood vibe while chipped paint and cracked walls are no sight for sore eyes. Your house may have had an amazing paint job done when you first moved in, but how is it holding up many years down the line? How do you know when it’s time to repaint your exterior?
Quality of Previous Paint
The sun’s ultraviolet rays are a hazard to pretty much anything that can be degraded, and paint is no exception. Constant exposure will cause the paint’s colour to bleach, losing its original lustre. Darker colours will absorb ultraviolet light more readily and may appear to bleach faster. Latex based paints are less susceptible to bleaching or cracking while oil based paints are less resistant. For these reasons, it’s a good idea to spend a little extra and invest in high quality paint materials, or choose a high quality painting company to do your exterior work. You’ll thank yourself a few years later when your paint is looking as luxurious as ever.
Calgarians are cursed with rapidly fluctuating weather patterns, from temperature to air pressure. Our summers are hot and dry, and no one needs reminding how bitterly cold our winters can be. In the face of these uncertain conditions, it’s hard to predict exactly how long your paint will last. Regularly check on your exterior for signs of wear and tear, identify cracks in your coat of paint, or areas where the paint has started to chip away, and address them immediately. Also look for the growth of mildew or mould, which could be caused by trapped moisture from a leaky pipe. Doing routine maintenance can help you prevent problems by stopping them at their source, saving you time and money.
Type of Material
How often your home will need repainting also depends on the material that was used to build your home. A wood siding is likely going to need a touch up every 3 to 7 years, while aluminum sidings might be able to get on a little longer. Cement fiberboard sidings are relatively new and tend to be more durable. Brick houses take the cake in this category, needing a repainting perhaps only once every 15 years. Ensure that you keep a brick exterior clean to properly evaluate whether or not a repainting is in order.
Imagine Painting has the experience and the expertise required to restore your Calgary home’s exterior to its original glory. You can find out more information by visiting our site, or you can call 403-305-8786 to speak to one of our friendly staff!