9 Signs it’s Time to Paint Your House
When was the last time you touched up your home’s exterior paint? If you see any of these signs, it may be time to call us to come paint your house.
Take a moment to think about how you feel when you pull up in front of your house. Do you smile with pride and feel fortunate that you live there? Or do you avert your eyes and try to remember how nice it used to look?
Your exterior paint has a strong impact on your home’s appearance. At the same time, it protects your wood from moisture and other weather damage. So how do you know when it’s time to paint your house? These are the signs you should look for.
Signs It’s Time to Paint Your House
If your exterior paint is past its prime, it can cause problems for your look as well as your home’s structure. Here are the signs to look for:
1. Your Paint is Flaking or Peeling
This is the most obvious sign that it’s time for a touch-up. You’ll be able to see paint chipping off or you’ll see edges that have peeled up.
It’s clear that flaking or peeling paint makes your home look old and unkempt. However, it can also lead to more serious problems. Paint protects your wood from water. If water reaches your wood, it can cause severe structural damage over time. As the paint flakes and peels off, it leaves the wood beneath vulnerable to damage.
2. There are Signs of Wear on Smaller Areas of Your Exterior
You might not see signs of paint wear on your siding or the obvious areas of your exterior. However, it’s important to check hidden yet crucial areas too.
Three parts you should inspect every few months are your fascia, soffits, and trim. Fascia are the boards along the top borders of your home, like the area where you install rain gutters. Soffits are small undersides, like the underside of the edge of your roof. Trim includes the borders that run along the corners of your exterior.
3. Your Siding is Fading
If you’ve ever left a picture, paper, or painting in a sunny area, you’ve seen how color can fade. The same happens to your exterior paint. The only way to restore your paint to its original vibrancy is a fresh coat.
4. You Have Signs of Water Damage
As we mentioned above, paint wear leaves your wood vulnerable to water damage. Sometimes you don’t notice problems with your paint until you’re too late.
Keep an eye out for signs of wet rot. Look for deep cracks along the wood grain. Soft spots can also signal rot.
Water damage can lead to other issues as well, like mold and mushroom growth. These are signs that you need a new paint job, but you may need some other repairs as well.
5. Your Paint is Cracking
When your paint starts to deteriorate, cracking is usually the first sign. You might not notice it from a distance, but take a closer look to see if you have thin, web-like cracks in your paint.
If you notice cracks, it’s important to repaint without delay. If you wait too long, the problem will progress to peeling and then potential water damage.
6. You Have Perpetual Dirt
The exterior of your home is out there exposed to the elements, so it’s bound to get dirty. Over time, though, some dirt and grime can become caked on. It reaches a point at which no matter how hard you scrub, you can’t make it look clean.
Some homeowners try pressure-washing, but it doesn’t always work and it’s a risky task to try to do yourself. Instead, it may be time to paint your house.
7. There are Areas Where Your Stucco is Crumbling
Some of the signs above are specific to wooden siding, like the signs of wood rot. However, stucco is a highly common material for homes in Florida, and there are ways to tell if you stucco home needs fresh paint as well.
The key sign of this is loose or crumbling stucco. Pay special attention to the areas near sprinklers or the areas where your gutter pipes drain. Still, loose stucco anywhere means that it’s time for a fresh paint job.
8. Your Paint is Chalking
Take your hand and wipe it along your siding. Did a chalk-like powder come off on your hand? If so, it might be time to repaint.
Of course, this depends on how old your home’s exterior is. Many manufactured siding materials have chalky residue from the factory. If your exterior is new, chances are that you can just wash off the chalk.
If your exterior is aged, though, the chalk may be a sign that your paint is deteriorating. This is most common with low-quality paints. As they soak up the sun and age, they break down into a chalk-like powder. In this case, the only way to fix the problem is with a new paint job.
9. You’re Trying to Sell Your Home
In most cases, painting your home is a matter of enjoying its look and protecting your structure from the elements. If you’re thinking about selling your home, though, the cost of painting your house is an investment.
Aged or grimy paint makes a large impact on a home’s value. It colors a buyer’s first impression of your house. If that first impression is that your home is poorly cared for, the buyer won’t be willing to pay top dollar even if the rest of your home is worth it.
It’s also a good idea to paint your home before selling if your home is an unusual color. You might love it, but neutral colors appeal to more buyers and this alone can raise your home’s value.
What to Do if You Need to Paint Your House
If any of the signs above are true for you, it may be time to paint your house. Getting that fresh coat of paint now rather than later can keep your home looking new and prevent further problems in the future. However, it’s just as important to do it right as it is to do it at all.