Six tips to determine when it’s time to paint NYC area home exteriors
Updated: Jun 17, 2020
It is essential to use only high quality materials when painting the exterior of your home. This is particularly important when painting in the NYC area due to the weather elements we experience every year. Our hot summers and cold winters wreak havoc on a home’s exterior, not to mention all the forms of precipitation that we get. The quality of the paint will play a large part in determining when you need an update, because the paint is the first line of protection from the elements. Even consistent sunlight can shorten the lifespan of a quality paint job in the NYC area.
Protection from the elements is obviously vitally important, however you also need to consider the appearance of your home. Your exterior is the first thing that people see as they visit or pass by your home. You want to maintain its exterior so your home is viewed well in the community.
The issue, of course, is that most homeowners are confused about when to paint or repaint the exterior of their homes. Below are six clues that the life of your existing paint job is ending and it is time to hire NYC painters. Also below are some general timelines for when to paint your home again based on your home’s exterior surface.
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How often to paint your NYC area’s home exterior
Many experts suggest painting the exterior of your home every 5-10 years. However, there can be no exact timeline, because there are many factors that will determine when it is time to paint again. These factors include location, weather elements, the prior paint job, number of coats were previously applied, and many more. As we noted above, we are subject to severe weather elements in the NYC area. We may need to paint our exterior more often than a homeowner in a region that is not subject to such weather.
Check for these clues that it is time to paint
Of course, some clues will be easy to spot and you can easily determine the paint job needs an update. This would be when you notice things like chipped or peeling paint. However, we will discuss some clues that are not as obvious.
Your exterior paint is faded or discolored
Paint that is fading or discolored can present more issues for your home than simply being old. Many times, this can be an indication of other issues, including the paint itself. Paint that is exposed to consistent sunlight will fade over time. However, you could be faced with a larger issue if the fading paint is on the shady side of your home. This could indicate problems with water penetrating into the paint layers. To troubleshoot this, look for water stains coming down the side of your home. You want to be sure this is taken care of by an expert. After the water issue is resolved, you can go ahead and repaint the surface.
Not only can paint that is exposed to sunlight fade over time, but it can also discolor. This affects both the quality and appearance of the paint. The color of choice you selected for your exterior a few years ago is likely now a completely different shade. If this is the case, you want to use UV/fade resistant paint for your next update.
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Your exterior paint is cracked, flaking, bubbling
Homes in the NYC area typically have cracked, flaking or bubbling paint due to our rough weather conditions of high summer temperatures and low winter temperatures. It is important to take a closer look because this could be an indication of damaging wet or dry rot, or perhaps even mold. These damaged materials must be replaced before painting because paint will not adhere to compromised materials, such as rotted wood.
You have shrinking, discolored or hardened caulk
You might want to repaint if the caulking around your window or doors is no longer fully in tact. Caulk expands and contracts with the weather and can become damaged. It may shrink or lose its color. Fortunately, replacing caulk is typically part of the job provided by a NYC painting contractor and not a separate job requiring a separate contractor.
Your home is losing its curb appeal
This one can be determined using your eyes only. If your home’s appearance is fading due to an aging paint job, it is time to have it painted. A new paint job will increase its appearance, protect it from the weather elements, and increase its value on the market.
Your home is new
That’s right, you might want to consider a new paint job if your home is new. This is because building contractors sometimes take shortcuts and only apply one coat of paint to the new home. They are interested in making the home look nice in the short term in an effort to sell it. They are not interested in protecting it for the long term. This one coat of paint is not likely to last very long, so you should look into having it done properly.
Your exterior paint has not begun to chip or peel
If your last paint job was several years ago, you should consider having it painted again by a professional NYC painter. This can be done before it starts to show the typical signs of aging, such as chipping and peeling. The reason to do this before signs of aging is that it makes the new paint job easier and less expensive. It removes many hours of work by the contractor to scrap, caulk, and replace damaged materials.
General guidelines on when to paint your exterior based on its surface
Siding (Wood) - usually good for 3-7 years, or 4 years when it has been stained
Siding (Aluminum) - typically good for around 5 years
Stucco - expect paint to last for about 5-6 years
New materials - these usually last longer; for example, cement fiberboard siding is usually good for as long as 10-15 years
Brick - when it’s painted, typically 15-20 years
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