Exterior or interior painting can be a big job, but it is a very
exciting improvement for your home. The fresh look of new paint always
adds a quality look to your home and is a great way to make a space your
own and to really show off your personal style. However, many
homeowners aren’t sure about when they need to have painting done. It is
always okay to have painting done simply to change the style of your
home, but many homeowners want to know when painting is recommended
rather than simply desired. Below are a few of the key signs that you
should consider having the interior or the exterior of you home painted.
When to have the Outside of your Home Painted?
Have you walked around your house lately and noticed that
the siding seems to look dirtier than before? Have you tried cleaning
it, but the clean look just doesn’t seem to last? If it has been a few
years since the outside of your home was painted or if you can’t even
remember when it was last painted, then there is a good chance that the
paint is becoming porous with age and dirt is getting trapped in the
pores much more easily than before. These pores trap much more than
dirt. During the rainy season, water can seep into the siding through
these tiny pores and can cause damage to the siding. Not only can water
seeping in cause mould, it can also cause the siding to rot away. Mould
and rot are both very bad for your siding and can cause it to need to be
replaced sooner than later. Therefore, when you notice that the paint
is holding dirt and grime much more than before, it is time to start
planning to paint the exterior of your home in order to preserve its
integrity. If you aren’t sure that the paint is actually becoming
porous, you can always wipe a clean cloth on the paint of the siding and
see if paint-coloured powder comes off on the cloth. When this happens,
the paint is beyond the porous stage and urgently needs to be redone.
This happens most often with white paints and in climates where the sun
is constantly wearing down the paint on the outside of homes.
When to have the Inside of your Home Painted?
If the interior paint of your home is starting to flake in
certain places or if it is starting to get a dull finish, it may be time
to consider repainting. Flaking paint can be a sign of age, meaning
that the walls haven’t been painted in quite some time. There is no way
to stop the flaking or peeling once it has started, so repainting is the
only real option in this scenario. All the flaked paint will have to be
removed before the new paint can be applied, otherwise the new paint
will flake off as well and will never have the quality look that most
Faded paint is another sign that interior paint is needed.
Look at parts of your wall that experience a great deal of sunlight
exposure throughout the day. Hot climates can also accelerate fading.
Whites and very light colors will not show the fading in a way that
makes your wall look unattractive, but more bold colors such as reds and
navy blues will drastically lose their quality appearance as well as
their vibrancy once fading sets in. Like cracking or peeling, the only
way to solve the problem of a faded wall is to have the wall repainted
with fresh color. However, sometimes the preparation for a faded wall is
easier since the wall can simply be sanded before painting instead of
trying to completely remove the old paint before starting other
Bathrooms are a great place to check for interior paint
work. It is one of the places in your home that needs to have quality
paint in order to keep the walls of your home in good shape. This is
because bathrooms are exposed to a great deal of moisture on a regular
basis, which is a big threat to your paint. If bubbles form under the
paint from too much humidity, then you have a clear sign that the paint
isn’t acting as a barrier against the water as it once did. This is an
important warning to have the bathroom repainted before the wall is
damaged by water getting behind the paint or soaking through the old
paint and into the drywall. Getting a paintjob done is much cheaper than
having the drywall replaced!
Overall, the signs that painting is needed are quite clear
once you know what to look for. When in doubt, asking a trusted
professional for a quote is a great idea because they can tell you if
your home really does need painting or if there is actually a different
problem that is damaging your paint. Although it may be upsetting to
find that your current paint is wearing out or should be redone, think
of it as an opportunity to make your home look amazing and as a chance
to prevent any nasty home repairs that could have been avoided had you
paid attention to your paint sooner.
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