How Often Should I Paint the Exterior of my Home

Painting the exterior of your home can be a very exciting time! It feels so good to paint a house that really needs it or even just to breathe new life into the aesthetic appeal of the home. Although it can be an exciting time it can still seem like a daunting task, and one that you don’t want to have to do more than what is necessary. How often should you paint the exterior of your home? Let’s take a look at some important points to consider.

Exterior house paint typically lasts an average of 4-9 years. Sometimes longer depending on the circumstances, there are many aspects that can either lengthen or shorten the life of your paint. The type climate/region you live in can play a big role on the duration of your exterior paint, for example.

How to Ensure Your Exterior Paint Will Last Longer

  • High Quality Paint - Some may find themselves questioning this aspect of a paint job. Do I really need to spend that extra money for a higher quality paint? The answer is a simple yes! That is, if you’d like it to last a substantially longer period of time.
  • Multiple Coats of Paint - Applying more than one coat of paint typically helps the paint last longer. It will cost a bit more upfront at the time of the job, but will save money in the long run.
  • Yearly Maintenance - A Minor amount of maintenance will yield a longer duration to the life of the paint.  Here are a few tips: touch up small areas that experience more wear, wash the siding every year, refresh door and window caulking as needed and keep bushes trimmed to allow for proper airflow around the home.

What will decrease the ‘life’ of the exterior paint?

  • Inadequate Preparation of the Surface – Be sure to clean the surface before paint is applied, failure to do so will likely lead the paint to deteriorate at a faster rate.
  • Dry Rot - If the exterior of your home is wood and has dry rot, or is breaking down in another way and you apply the paint over it, the duration of the paint will be significantly compromised.
  • Painting over Old Paint – If possible, don’t paint over failing deteriorated paint. Doing so may cause the new coat of paint to not last as long and it could start cracking and peeling at a faster rate.


Contact Painting Brevard today for more information! Let our experienced painting team do the work for you, we serve all of Brevard County from Viera to Palm Bay and surrounding areas! We look forward to working with you!