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How often should I Paint the exterior of my House?

Updated: Feb 11, 2023

“How often should I Paint the exterior of my House?”

Exterior Residential Painting
Exterior House Painters

Exterior Painting can be tedious and expensive, so knowing how often and when your house needs new paint can be very important.

So, how long does exterior paint last?

Based on Product Information data provided by paint manufactures, Mid-Grade Exterior Paint will last somewhere between 7 to 10 years and is designed to help Protect your house from the harsh elements. Typically by the 7th year your paint will begin to wear out, losing its ability to protect. Many factors contribute to the rate of decline for exterior paint; I’ll outline a few of the most important factors.


The quality of work done by the painters is a major influence on how long exterior paint will last. Prep Work is Key; Paint is only as good as the surface it is applied to so if you paint over dirt and grime, even if it is not visible, there will be cracking, peeling, bubbling sooner rather than later.


What direction does your home face? How much direct sunlight does it get? Is it shaded or in direct contact with trees or plants? Extreme heat, cold, rain, snow, hail, exposure to sunlight or trees can affect the longevity of paint. Cold, wet winters expose cracks and gaps with repeated freeze-thaw cycles. The hot summer sun can dry and warp exposed wood and fade your exterior paint’s color.


Some paints are better than others. Premium paints such as Emerald by Sherwin Williams or Marquee by The Home Depot are thicker, contain more resin, and have proprietary technology, which result in a longer life compared to Mid-Grade or Value paints.

Is your home in need of exterior paint? Schedule a free estimate online today!

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