To Paint or Not To Paint? How Often Should You Paint Your Home's Exterior?

It's a question that each homeowner must face at some point: should I paint my home?  We are talking a full-on, exterior paint job, not just some touch-ups inside the house.  The answers you find in stores, online, or in books will vary, but we have a few factors to consider when you're asking yourself this question: 

Where do you live? 

The elements where you live play a HUGE part in determining how often you need to repaint your home.  Homes along the coast or in beach environments are subjected to harsh salt and sun, which means their paint job will wear out much more quickly than that of a home in a temperate climate with shade and clear air.  A home at the beach might need painting every couple of years, or in extreme cases, every year, while a home in a more paint-friendly environment can probably last 5-7 years in between paint jobs. 

Type of Paint Used

The type of paint used on your home plays a big part in how quickly it will need to be repainted next time around.  Certain paints lend themselves to particular environments, so this is a discussion you would need to have with local professionals who will be able to tell you the type of paint needed for your individual situation, and where you can find it. 

Condition of Your Home

Maintenance on your home is a vital part of keeping your paint job looking its best.  Make sure that cracks are sealed promptly and sealed WELL to prevent water damage.  Keep a close eye on your home for peeling areas, mildew, etc.  It's much easier to touch up and repair small problems as they happen rather than wait until it becomes a big problem and you're forced to do a full exterior overhaul on your paint job. 

When it's time to make the commitment to paint your home, it's best to call in the professionals.  A local professional painting company will know the best paint and equipment to use, ensuring that your paint job will last longer and look better.  It's also safer to have a pro handle the job, since exterior painting often involves painting in odd positions and at dangerous heights.  Pros are prepared for these conditions and have the equipment needed to get the job done. 

If you live in the greater Polk County area, and are looking to paint your Central Florida home, call Williams Construction!  We offer painting services in addition to construction and renovation, and we guarantee professional and efficient work.  We are ready to help you get your home in top shape!