Is your siding looking dingy? Does your home no longer stand out in the way you'd like? Have you power washed time and time again just to have your exterior still looking dull?
It might be time to repaint your house.
A repainting project can feel like a big deal, but it's a great way to change up the overall look of your living space and maybe add some curb appeal along the way.
If you're unsure of whether or not it's time to commit to the change we want to help you out. Keep reading for a few signs that it's time to get to work with a few cans of paint.
Your Paint is Peeling and Cracking
Paint doesn't last forever, especially when exposed to the elements full-time. While different paints have different lifespans, it's possible that your exterior paint was already well into its left when you bought your home.
Peeling, bubbling, and cracking paint isn't just an aesthetic issue. Bubbles and cracks can be signs of damage and moisture getting in under the paint. Even if the paint hasn't yet been compromised, the cracks and peels show that your home is no longer protected.
This means that it's time for a fresh paint job so your home isn't so exposed.
Signs of Damage
Your home is built around beams and a frame, likely wood. Wood eventually rots or breaks down.
If you notice rotting wood, call someone in to assess the damage. Once the root of the problem is gone, give a fresh coat of paint all over to protect the building blocks of your home.
Paint isn't just for looks, it's for protection.
More than just the wood can have water damage.
Moisture stains on a wall are common and they can generally just be wiped away, good as new.
If they're persistent, you may have a mold or water problem within your exterior walls. Again, this is an important time to contact someone to take a look to avoid any further structural damage.
Some new paint will help to lock out moisture in the future and cover up those ugly stains.
It's normal for paint to fade over time and changing exterior colors isn't a cause for concern.
Your home is likely in the sun a lot so some fading can be expected even right after the paint has been applied. Expect a slight color shift.
If your paint as faded so much that it now looks dull and uneven, though, it's probably lived out its lifespan. Even out the home with a new and consistent paint job.
You Just Want a Change
If you're reading this and feeling disappointed that your home doesn't have any of these symptoms so painting isn't "justified", don't worry.
It's your house. If you don't like the way that it looks, change it.
You're allowed to repaint your house just because you're unhappy with the overall appearance. If you're in this house for a long time you want it to look like the house you envision.
Is It Time to Repaint Your House?
Repainting a home is a lot of work, but if any of these signs apply to you, it might be time to finally repaint your house.
This is a great opportunity to make a big change to the overall appearance of your home. Be bold and get the exterior that you want!
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