As a homeowner or a business owner, keeping your property looking good means a lot to you. There are some yearly chores everyone has to do from cleaning gutters to maintaining front lawns. But when it comes to the sides of our homes, knowing when to have them painted can be challenging. Different siding materials have different needs for repainting, and in some cases, it may make even more sense to replace siding instead of investing in a new paint job. Here is a quick guide on when you should consider repainting your porch, deck, and siding.
How Often Should You Repaint The Outside of Your Home
Unfortunately, there are no agreed-upon or definite timelines for repainting a home. In many cases, it can vary based on a few factors. For instance, if your home is coastal and gets pelted by salty sea air, it is likely you will need a touch up more often. Weather patterns, direct sunlight, and climate are all factors on how likely your paint will fade and chip away over time. That being said, the siding material used in your home do have different recommendations for repainting:
- Wood Siding: You should repaint wooden siding every 3-7 years. If your wood siding is stained it should be done closer to ever 3 or 4 years.
- Fiber Cement Siding: One of the many benefits of fiber cement is that it doesn’t need to be touched up as often. Many types of fiber cement are good for 10-15 years.
- Aluminum Siding: On average, an aluminum siding paint job lasts 5 years
- Stucco: Paint on stucco siding usually lasts 5-6 years
- Brick: If your brick siding is painted it can be repainted every 15-20 years, otherwise regular cleanings are most effective.
When To Repaint/Stain Your Porch or Deck
It is best to repaint porches or decks during the springtime. That way you don’t lose any time in the summer to enjoy your decking or porch space. Most decks are stained instead of painted, you should restain your deck every few years. Before you restain it make sure to repair your deck by fixing any loose nails, replacing broken or cracked boards, and generally cleaning the surface. Once clean you can restain your deck. We recommend using a stain designed with UV protection to keep your deck healthy for a longer period of time. For porches, you should repaint them as often as you repaint wood siding: every 3 to 7 years. Make sure to check for rotting wood when you repaint your porch. Rotten, water-logged boards should be replaced.
Decking, Porch Repair, & Siding Installation in Massachusetts
Novus Exteriors offers a variety of exterior work including painting walls and siding, porch repair, and decking installation to homes and offices throughout our service area. For more information please contact our team online, to begin the decking or porch repair process.