House Painting your house not only make it look beautiful, but it will also protect your investment. Did you know that peeling paint and exposed wood trim is an invitations for pest like termites? Painting your home’s exterior will protect it from the¬†weather elements and termite invasion.

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How Often Should You Paint?

Wood siding should be repainted every 3-7 years, or stained approximately every 4 years. Aluminum siding can go about 5 years between paint jobs, and stucco 5-6 years. Newer types of materials require less frequent touchups; for example, cement fiberboard siding should need painting only about once in 10-15 years. The only upkeep for unpainted brick is cleaning, although you will need to paint the trim, of course. If you do choose to paint the brick itself, a good quality job will last 15-20 years.

In addition, your HOA standards and the general look and feel of your neighborhood, particularly if you live in a historic district, will help determine how frequently your home needs to be repainted.

HEADS UP: Don’t try to save money by putting off exterior painting. All you will end up doing is making the prep work harder and the job ultimately more expensive. Damaged paint or exposed patches of bare wall are an urgent signal that you should paint ASAP to protect your home.