How Long Should Exterior Paint Jobs Last?

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Exterior paint both protects your home and enhances its curb appeal. Hiring reputable Raleigh house painters will help ensure that your exterior paint job lasts as long as possible. Still, nothing lasts forever. Your home’s exterior is exposed to weather conditions, sunlight, and other environmental factors that will, over time, cause that beautiful paint job to fade, peel, and/or chip away. But on average, how long should exterior paint jobs last? Let’s go over some of the factors that determine this.

What’s Your Climate?

Your local climate plays the biggest role in determining your exterior paint’s longevity. Extreme temperatures, moisture, excessive sunlight, and wind can all wreak havoc on your home, and some regions experience these conditions more than others. For the most part, the climate in Raleigh, NC is moderate, though even one bad storm could cause damage that requires new paint at the very least.

If you live in one of these more temperate locations and you perform regular maintenance, your exterior paint job can last up to ten years, generally speaking. On the other hand, if your region experiences extreme conditions on a regular basis, you may have to invest in a new coat of paint in half that time.

Keep Quality in Mind

Obviously, the better quality paint you choose for your exterior, the longer it will last, and the better your home will look. Anderson Painting contractors typically use Sherwin-Williams exterior paint with a 25-year warranty so you know the job will last. Of course, painters must do a quality job as well. This means performing the necessary prep work before painting, and following best practices for applying paint to various exterior surfaces and materials. The more care that’s taken when painting an exterior, the longer that coat will last.

The Importance of Pressure Washing

Pressure washing is both an important part of regular maintenance for home exteriors as well as a necessary step for preparing your home for exterior painting. You should pressure wash your home every 6 to 12 months to maintain the existing paint job, remove any dirt, dust, mold, or mildew, and keep your home looking fresh.

Before we paint an exterior, Anderson Painting contractors always pressure or power wash the surface beforehand and let it dry. This helps the new coat of paint better adhere to the surface and prevent possible mold from forming. The better that paint sticks, the harder it is for the environment to ruin it or peel the paint away. You can invest in your own pressure washer, but if you don’t trust yourself to do it right, hire a Raleigh power washing service like Anderson Painting.

The Short Answer

Generally speaking, exterior paint jobs should last about 5-7 years. Of course, they can last much longer or shorter depending on where you live, your home’s material, the paint’s quality, and how well you maintain your home. If you want your exterior paint job to last as long as possible, get it done by a Raleigh house painting service that works hard to satisfy every customer from start to finish. To learn more about us and all our services, call Anderson Painting today at 919-610-1855 or email us at info@andersonpaintingnc.com!