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In this article, we will be answering some of the common questions a lot of homeowners have when it comes to painting exteriors of their houses.
When to paint the house exterior?
The idea of getting the exteriors of your house painted is definitely going to increase its curb appeal and add to its market value and we know that as a responsible owner, you want more than just that, you want to take care of the walls that protect you.
But the problem that most of the homeowners run into is you may not remember when was the last time you got the outsides of your home painted.
If this is also the case with you, then you need not worry as we have compiled a list of signs that you can watch out for that will tell you when the time has arrived.
Here are a couple of those signs:
- Faded or Discolored Paint
- Flaking, Cracked or Peeling Paint
- Signs of rotted wood
- Cracked Caulk
- Water Stains & Mold
How often should you paint your house exterior?
Let’s say we live in a perfect world where you do remember the last time you got a new coat of paint for your house’s exteriors, also you see no such signs of damage we just talked about.
At this point, you want to be looking at the frequency in terms of time, as not seeing any of the above signs does not always mean that your walls don’t require a new paint job.
The answer depends on several factors as every home is different and although most of the experts will tell you this time range lies between 5-10 years, there is honestly no set time range for this.
But there are still factors like climate and weather that can help us decide this time range for us. Both extreme hot and cold kinds of weather are bad for exterior house paint as they reduce the gap between the time frequencies.
Talking about Lincoln, Nebraska, according to this detailed weather report by Weather Spark, we do face harsh winters and intense storms with mild heat during the summers but humid weather.
This data brings us to the conclusion that we should stick to the range between 5-7 years as exterior walls in Lincoln require paint jobs more often.
Types of exterior paint finishes
Unlike interior paint finishes, we don’t get to see much variety with exterior paint finishes. The most commonly offered sheens by the manufacturers are flat, satin, and gloss. And these three are pretty much what you’ll need for any of your exterior painting projects.
Before you decide on which paint finish to go with, we will quickly take a look at all of them and understand the differences and best uses.
The flat paint finish is the most porous and non-reflective sheen of the three. Also, it is the least preferred nowadays due to its not-so-good durability and the way it quickly absorbs stain.
But it still would make a great choice if you’re looking for a finish that could hide imperfections of a wall (like older houses).
The satin paint finish has quickly gained popularity among homeowners in the last couple of years due to its subtle sheen that provides a perfect balance between dull and shiny.
It is better than the flat finish when it comes to durability and you can easily clean it with either a wet cloth or pressure washing.
Makes a great choice for exterior trim areas, like overhangs, door frames, trim boards, window sill, etc.
The gloss paint finish is the shiniest of the bunch and hence you don’t want to use this all over the exteriors unless you want your house to look like a big plastic toy.
The best thing about this finish is its durability and ease of maintenance. But this one too comes with its cons, that being it will magnify any imperfections on your walls which is why we recommend using it sparingly.
Use this one for doors, door frames, accent trims, decorative fixtures or to highlight any other architectural detail of your house.