10 Signs That It’s Time to Paint Your House

Man painting the exterior of a stucco home

Written by My Home Handyman

January 3, 2022

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To maintain the value of your home, it’s essential to repaint the exterior walls. Remember, freshly painted walls can transform your home into an absolute gem. Do you remember the last time your house was painted? If not, the following signs are cues that your walls will need a refresh and that it’s time to hit up your contact list for a professional painter!

Fading or discolouration

Sick of those faded and discoloured walls? Then you know that it’s time to paint. If the walls are directly exposed to sunlight, the paint will most likely fade over time. In some cases, this can also indicate below-the-surface issues with the colour. If fading or discolouration are issues, you must choose fade- or UV-resistant paint for your project.

A yellow wall can appear muddy beige after a couple of years.  Unless you like that dated look, you should probably go over it with a fresh coat.

Peeling or bubbling

If you spot the paint either peeling or bubbling, you know it’s time to repaint the surface. Once this paint peels away, the inner structure gets directly exposed to the outdoors, which can be harmful to your home in the long run.

Generally, peeling paint is a sign of extreme weather. If you live in a hot, humid or cold climate, it’s common to see these signs.

Cracked caulking

Worker filling cracks in home exterior

Caulking is applied around the doors and windows of the exteriors of your home. You are likely to detect small cracks in these areas over time. If you see even a few, it’s probably time to fill them up and apply a fresh coat of paint. If left untreated, moisture can seep in and cause much damage.

Adding a layer of paint for protection can do wonders. Just one layer can be the extra protection your house needs from the outside elements.

Shrinkage and gaps

When you start noticing the gaps and shrinkages in siding and trim, you know that it’s time to do some repair work. Usually, this happens due to some internal issues like mould or rot. In these cases, consult a professional if you notice these changes.

Now, all you have to do is paint the exterior walls, fix gaps, and fill holes for a beautiful home. Make sure to choose good-quality paint.

You need a makeover

Sometimes, you need to paint the interiors and exterior of your home for purely aesthetic purposes. Maybe you’re planning to update the style and palette to change the vibe. Painting your home is a great way to give it a whole new look. You can even consider the colour palette of your neighbourhood homes for a perfect exterior makeover.

You have the option to pick from either a warm or cool palette. Along with the walls, remember to pick trims, mouldings, and ceilings to paint as well.

Noticeable damage

If your walls have cracks, it could be a foundation issue. Although sometimes it can just be poor quality paint. If it’s the foundation, you will need to contact a professional; however, if it’s just the paint or drywall, all you will need to do is some patching and sanding. Once this is complete, you can go over the repair area with some fresh paint.

Moisture stains and mould

It’s common to have moisture stains and mould on the surface of the walls, especially in warm and humid conditions. However, there isn’t anything to worry about since it can easily be wiped away or removed with the help of bleach. Once this is done, you must apply a fresh coat of paint to help the home feel brand new.

It’s also wise to have a professional look into it. After all, you don’t want to deal with long-term damage. It’s always important to figure out why there are stains there.

Selling the house

If you’re thinking about selling your home, a good thing to do is paint the walls. Just a single coat of paint can do wonders in transforming your home to make it look fresh and new. You must add that personal touch by repainting all the rooms of your home. Believe it or not, a freshly painted home can attract buyers and make your home sell faster.

A freshly painted house also attracts higher offers. If you want to sell your home for top dollar, keep this in mind.

It’s time

The average life of the paint is five to seven years. Even though some colours can last longer, the average time frame is even less in climates that experience frequent extreme weather conditions. Therefore, after a certain number of years, you know that it’s time to repaint your home. If the work seems like it may be overwhelming, hiring a professional painting team to get the job done might be the right move.

Remember, it can also largely depend upon the region you live in. Generally, humid climates are more prone to shorter intervals than dry and colder regions.

Your home is new

This can be quite a confusing question! Why would you need to paint a brand new home, right? Usually, the builders tend to use builder-grade paint. Its cheap scratches easily and will fade quickly. Going over it with one coat of high-quality paint will make sure that you won’t need to paint again and that you’ll get the most of what’s already there.

Have you noticed any of these signs in your home? If you would like a free estimate on painting your home in the Calgary area. Contact us today and get you in touch with one of our professional painters.

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