There’s nothing quite like fresh coat of paint to instantly add polish and style to your home. But there’s a lot more to it than just appearance. Did you know that a simple paint job — whether interior or exterior — also protects your home?
Keep reading to learn all the surprising reasons to love a new coat of paint and why it’s so important for maintaining the durability, safety, and long-term value of your home.
Protects against forces of nature
We’re no strangers to gray days here in Portland, but did you know that a season of heavy or constant rain can cause catastrophic damage to your home? This can happen through…
- Mold and mildew growth
- Structural damage and weakness
These are all things you don’t want to deal with! Thankfully, there’s one easy way to help prevent rain damage. You guessed it… by maintaining your exterior paint.
A coat of carefully chosen waterproof paint provides protection against rain damage. It stops water from seeping into the pores of your wood siding and slowly rotting away your house. It also ensures your home can hold up to the normal wear and tear of everyday fluctuations in temperature.
Think of it this way: Exterior paint is like the skin on your body and serves as a defensive layer against harmful things like moisture, the cold, and sun rays.
Speaking of the sun, UV radiation is another big problem for your house. If it’s been a while since your home’s last exterior paint job, the sun will play a big role in speeding up the aging, fading, and deterioration of your siding.
Fresh paint with UV inhibitors and a fade-resistant color will go a long way in improving the durability of your paint and keeping your home safe and looking polished.
A note about the type of paint you use
A fresh coat of paint is worthless if you’re not using a high performance product. Choosing the wrong type of paint often results in big, expensive problems. Moisture buildup, for example, is common with inferior paint. This can create patches on the interior wall surface, leading to blistering or peeling.
Keeps dust and grime at bay
A little dirt never hurt, right? While this old adage may be true to an extent, too much dirt and grime on your walls can be a bummer for your home — especially in a moisture-heavy climate like ours.
Over time, dust and dirt accumulation combined with humidity will cause a breakdown in your home’s painted surfaces — both inside and out. This is particularly true in homes with plaster walls, where given the opportunity, dust will eat away at the surface.
Keeping your interior walls, trim, and other surfaces on a regular painting schedule can minimize building up of dust and dirt. Not to mention it will help keep your walls in great shape (no one likes the look of a grimey, stained wall!).
On the exterior of your home, a new coat of high quality paint is a good reset for dirt accumulation. When a professional painting contractor comes to your home, their work will include a careful and precise surface cleaning. Your fresh coat of paint will clear away these visual defects and provide a fresh canvas to paint on, resulting in longer-lasting results.
Reveals area of repair
The painting prep process is a great way to peek beneath the surface and make sure your home doesn’t’ have any problems. Most homeowners don’t even know there is an issue with their exterior until they invest in a repainting!
If you wait too long to repaint your home, you may miss out on noticing (and repairing) these issues. Depending on their severity, left unnoticed and untreated these issues can result in very expensive repairs down the road.
The good news is when you invest in new paint every 3-5 years, most of these “problems” remain minor and can be easily fixed with the fresh coat of paint.
Promotes healthy air quality
It’s vitally important to ensure the air quality in your home is safe.
If you live in an older home and don’t know the last time your interior was painted, there’s a chance your walls are covered with a paint that emits high volatile organic compounds (VOCs) or worse, lead paint. Both of these fumes are dangerous to the health of you and your family.
A fresh coat of paint by a trusted painting company is the answer to ensuring healthy air quality in your home. Interior walls and other surfaces in your home should be covered with zero-VOC or low VOC finishes and paints.
Keeps your home value high
Protecting the market value of your home is important — and often that means making updates to ensure it keeps up with the price of other houses in the area. If your home could use a refresher, paint produces a quick and effective upgrade at a fraction of the cost of other types of remodeling work.
A new exterior paint job is a huge value-add for potential buyers. In fact, some suggest that maintaining the exterior of your home offers returns of up to 7%! Plus, it drastically improves the look of your home.
Inside, fresh paint in high traffic areas like your kitchen or hallways are a great way to add value. You may be able to live with old paint, outdated paint colors, or scratches on the wall, but a potential buyer will view this as a reason to devalue the property.
Even if you don’t plan on selling your home in the near future, keeping your interior and exterior walls maintained will add durability and keep your home from aging too quickly.
How often should you paint your home?
This depends on a few factors, like the type of siding on your home and the quality of your last paint job. It’s best to talk to a professional painting company and get their recommendation. They have the skills and experience needed to evaluate your home and identify the best time to repaint.
In general though, the recommendation is:
- 3-7 years for wood
- 5 years for aluminum
- 5-6 years for stucco
Bluenote Painting can help you protect your home
At Bluenote Painting, our professional team of painters has helped hundreds of people throughout the Portland area protect their home through high-quality, beautiful craftsmanship.