“I moved into my home three years ago. The previous owners stated they had painted the outside the year before. I’ve noticed a little bit of peeling on the south side of my home. Is that normal? How long does an exterior paint job last?”
Excellent question, and one we get all the time.
Like most questions, there is no definitive answer. How long an exterior paint job will last depends on many things, including:
- What type of paint was used
- The quality of the paint
- How much prep work was done
- The condition of the home before painting
- The surface being painted
- How the elements impact the home
- Weather conditions
And that’s just the start.
Overall, there are a few guidelines you can use to determine longevity of your paint job.
Typically will last 4 to 10 years on wood, 20 years or more on aluminum or vinyl siding, or 7 to 10 years on stucco. If one side of your home is subjected to intense sunlight, the number of years will reduce to 3 to 6 years for that side of the home.
Typically will last 5 to 10 years on wood, 7 to 10 years on stucco. For the side of your home subjected to intense sunlight, the number of years will drop to 4 to 7.
Again, these are just estimates, and will change depending on all the factors that make up your home.
One of the biggest indicators of the need for paint is exactly what you described – signs of wear, peeling or cracking. When you begin to see this on any area of your home, it’s a warning sign that its time to paint the exterior of your home.
By catching it early and painting it at this stage, you will have minimal destruction to the structure of your home, and with good prep work, can fix it, seal it, and have it covered again in time for the next season.
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