How to Extend the Life of Your Home’s Paint Job

Photo credit: House Beautiful via By Stephanie Lynn

Hooray for you! The painters have come and gone and your home looks fantastic. You love the color, you love the way it looks. Everything is finished now, right? Well, not really. Keep your home looking just as beautiful year after year with some simple tricks and insider tips on how to extend the life of your home’s paint job.

Don’t worry, it’s not all heavy lifting! There will be some work involved but if you enlist the help of some trusted handy helpers, the whole process will go significantly faster.

Break the build up

Don’t let dirt sneak up on you! Dirt will work itself up the sides of your home during rain storm and from wind carrying particles to your home. You’ll particularly notice this if your home is white or cream.

Power washing your home before dirt accumulates not only keeps your home looking clean, it keeps dirt from permanently getting in the paint film. Once the dirt is permanently in the paint film, you’re out of tricks and it becomes something you’ll have to address the next time you paint your home.

Pesky plants and mitigating damp

Cut back shrubbery and check the location of your sprinkler heads. Nearby shrubs and trees can cause wear and tear on your home. Automatic sprinklers with heads close (or hitting) your home can cause mold and mildew, also shortening the lifespan of your paint job.

Bleach, your new bestie

If you do find mold and mildew, common bleach is your best weapon. Cover plants and grass with plastic to protect them, then scrub the paint with a three-to-one water and bleach mixture and a stiff wire brush. Rub the solution into the paint a foot around the mildewed/moldy area. Let the mixture sit for at least 20 minutes to give it enough time to work its way into the stain. Rinse the area thoroughly with water.

When to repaint

If you’ve done your work maintaining your paint job, your home should be in good shape for the next four to seven years. Of course, we have to say it. If you’re thinking about repainting your home, have a professional come out to give you a quote and for an interview. And don’t forget to ask what paint they use—on the next go around, using quality paint makes all the difference on how long your job will last.

How often do you repaint your home? Do you have any tricks to keep up your paint job? Share ‘em below! 

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