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How Often Should Exterior Painting Be Done on Your Home?

Updated: Aug 5, 2021

If there is anything about your home that someone will notice when they first lay their eyes on it, it would be the paint job. Paint makes or breaks a home’s look, and despite the fact that it is just a layer of colour, it does many other things, from protecting the house from the elements down to boosting the home’s value. That said, the last thing you want to see is old paint on your home filled with cracks and chips that ruin the house’s looks.

If you have noticed this issue, you may be interested in getting your home repainted. However, how often should you get your home painted? This is the main question we will be tackling today.

What Affects How Long Exterior Paint Lasts?

– The Previous Layer of Paint

The previous paint job plays a role in the lifespan of your exterior paint. Everything from the paint quality, the number of coatings, and even the colour of paint will affect longevity. As such, gathering information about the previous paint job will help you understand how long the paint can still last and let you know when you should get the home repainted.

– Surrounding Environment

The elements like the sun, the rain and temperatures will affect how long paint will last. For instance, if you live in an area that experiences a lot of direct sunlight, the paint may fade more quickly. In colder areas, the paint may also age quicker.

– Exterior Maintenance

The third and last factor is the level of maintenance the exterior experiences. More often than not, if maintenance is done often, the painting will last a lot longer. This is because problems can be kept at bay, and when they do occur, they can quickly be addressed to ensure they do not worsen.

How Often Should Exterior Paintings Be Done?

Now that you know all the factors that can affect how long paint lasts, how often can you expect to be painting your home? In many cases, many experts will recommend repainting your home once every 5-10 years. However, one of the most significant factors that will affect that number is the surface the paint is on. For instance, if the paint is on an aluminum surface, repainting should be done every five years. On the other hand, bricks do not have to be repainted up until 15-20 years.

Figure out what surface your paints are on, and you will understand roughly how often you should repaint your home’s exterior surfaces.


Painting is by no means an easy job. To ensure that the paint job lasts a long time, we always recommend working with professional painters. Aside from ensuring quality work every time, enlisting the help of professionals means less work for you. You don’t have to break a sweat; instead, you can just sit back and relax, knowing that your home is getting the best paint job possible.

A.C.T. Home Services is exterior and interior renovation contractor offering painting services in Wetaskiwin, Red Deer, and Pigeon Lake. Work with us today!


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