When was the last time you painted your home’s interior or exterior? If you can’t remember, then it may be time! There may be more reasons to paint your home’s interior or exterior than just aesthetics. So many people are left asking, “When should I paint my house?” Here are a few of the main signs that it’s time to apply a fresh coat of paint.

Boost Curb Appeal

This is often a big reason people decide it’s time to paint their home’s exterior. Over time, the color of your home can start to look faded due to environmental factors like sun exposure. A freshly painted house will really catch your eye against its surroundings. If you’re in the market to sell your home, fresh paint on both the interior and exterior can increase the value of the home and draw in more potential buyers.

Chipping or Peeling Paint

Ideally, you want to go in with a fresh coat of paint before you see chipping or peeling, but once you do, it is definitely time to paint. If you can get started before you notice paint chipping or peeling, there will be a lot less prep work to be done. If you are already seeing paint peeling or chipping, it could increase the amount of time and money to be spent, so try to catch it early!

Fading Paint

Over time, the color of the paint you used years ago can start to fade or change color slightly. This goes for both the interior and exterior of your home. UV rays will cause fading and can also transform the original color into something undesirable. For example, beige paint may start to look pink in even a matter of weeks. To help prevent this, make sure paint used on the exterior is the correct grade that can withstand UV exposure. 

Flaking, Cracking, or Bubbling Paint

If your home’s paint starts to show signs of flaking, cracking, or bubbling, this could be a sign that there is mold, dry rot, or wet rot due to faulty weatherproofing. This is more common in a home that withstands a lot of humidity, strong sunlight, storms, harsh winters, or ocean breezes. If this occurs, you will likely need to address the weatherproofing issues first and then repaint. 

New Houses

If your house is a brand new construction, the contractors typically spray one coat of paint over pre-primed wood. However, it is possible that the one coat won’t withstand damage for very long. Plan on painting a new home within the first few years of living in it to ensure there is a good layer of protection between the underlying materials and the rest of the world. 

Patching Stucco

If you find that the stucco needs to be repaired, once you’re done, you’ll likely need to repaint. Otherwise, you will be left with patchy looking areas where you did the repairs, and matching paint could be difficult. Take it as a sign that it’s time for a fresh coat of paint.

Get Professional Painters Today!

When you’re ready to paint the interior or exterior of your home, save yourself time, money, and headaches by hiring a professional team of painters! Zenith Painting & Coatings has done interior and exterior painting for thousands of homes and businesses throughout Colorado. They give each job the special attention and care it deserves. Request a free estimate online today!