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How Long Should Interior Paint Jobs Last?

calander May 11 , 2019 user-iconAnderson Painting
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Whether you hire Raleigh house painters or decide to take on the task yourself, interior painting can be a big investment. And like all good investments, you want your paint job to last and provide value. Fortunately, interior paint doesn’t have to deal with the weather or the wild like your home’s exterior paint does, meaning it won’t require as much maintenance. This doesn’t mean, however, that interior paint never has to be maintained or replaced. But just how long should interior paint jobs last? And what can be done to extend their lifespan?

It Depends on the Room

Your home doesn’t exist in a vacuum. People will congregate in the living room, wash up in the bathroom, walk up and down hallways, etc. If you have kids, you can expect running to be a part of the equation as well. Some rooms naturally receive more foot traffic than others, which means they’re more susceptible to damage, however slight.

This is why quieter spaces like the master bedroom or a dining room that only get used on special occasions might not need a new coat of paint for a decade or longer. Bathrooms, living rooms, recreational spaces, and kids bedrooms, on the other hand, might at the very least need some additional maintenance every few years to keep things looking fresh. It’s unlikely that the entire room will need repainting within a few years, of course. Most interior paint jobs on average can last about 5-10 years, depending on the circumstances.

Quality Counts

The paint you decide to use for your interior spaces will determine its longevity as well. It might be tempting to buy cheaper paint to save yourself a bit of money, but keep in mind that lower quality paint won’t hold up as well (or look as good) as high quality paint. In the long run, you may end up spending more time and money repainting or touching up your interior every few years.

There are plenty of paint types and brands to choose from, so make sure to do your research before making a purchase. Or, consult a Raleigh house painting service for some advice. If you do decide to hire a contractor for your interior paint job, make sure you hire a company that uses high quality paint with a good warranty.

Maintaining and Touching Up When Necessary

If you were to never clean your home’s interior, you can be sure that its paint job wouldn’t last as long as it could. At the very least, your home wouldn’t look all that inviting. Regular maintenance, like dusting, scrubbing, and vacuuming, is a key component to keeping your interior paint job looking fresh for many years.

When your paint job undergoes damage, you’ll also want to get ahead of the problem. If the damage is moderate or severe, repairs might be in order. Minor, surface-level scuffs and dings, however, can usually be touched up easily. Make sure you use the exact same paint and color as was used before, of course. If your Raleigh painting company left you with some extra paint, store it properly so you can access it for any necessary touch ups. Otherwise, you may need to consult a paint or hardware store to help you match the paint.

The Short Answer

If you keep your interior spaces clean, protect your walls and surfaces from damage, touch up surfaces when needed, and use high quality paint, your interior paint job can last well over ten years before you need to think about adding a new coat. If and when that times comes, reach out to Anderson Painting contractors. To learn more about us and all our services, call Anderson Painting today at 919-610-1855 or email us at info@andersonpaintingnc.com!