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How Long Does Exterior Paint Last?

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Jessica
05.15.15

When the weather’s cruddy, you go inside. And all that nastiness like snow, sleet, sand, wind and general unpleasantness doesn’t bother you. Guess who has to stay outside?

Your home’s exterior paint.

Since that paint is constantly getting battered by Mother Nature, it won’t last forever. But the exact length of time it’ll last can vary as much as a decade, depending on your location and the type of siding you have.

If you’re wondering whether or not it’s time for a fresh coat of paint, here are a few questions to ask yourself:

How Long has it Been Since You’ve Painted Your Home?

If you live in a mild climate, your home’s exterior paint should last about 15 years. So, if Clinton was president the last time you painted, your time has come, my friend.

Do You Live in an Insane Climate?

If you see snow during three or more seasons, or if you regularly see 100+ degree weather, you officially live in an insane climate. This means you’ll need to re-paint more frequently (again, it varies, but every 5-10 years is typical).

Can You Buy Time with a Touch-Up?

When you do an inspection and everything looks a-okay except for a small area (we’re talking smaller than a loaf of bread) you may be able to get by with a DIY touch-up. If that’s the case, follow these steps.

Unsure? Do a Visual Inspection.

If you’re not sure if it’s time or not based on the previous questions, tie up your shoes and step outside. We’re going to do an inspection.

Walk around your home and look for areas where paint may be chipped, peeling or flaking. Also look for any signs of water damage, bubbling paint, or areas that have been faded by the sun. Mark a tally on a piece of paper for every issue you see. If you notice more five or more issues happening, it’s likely time to hire a painter.

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