You’re thinking about painting your house yourself, but you’re not sure where to begin. It’s happened to the best of us, and it’s important to know what kind of task it’ll be if you want to paint your home.
Let’s start with one of the simplest questions to ask how to know if your house needs to be painted in the first place. It should be easy to tell, right? Well, some people think about painting before their home even needs it, leading to a lot of wasted time that could have been avoided if they knew what they were looking for.
Let’s start with a quick question. How old is your house paint? If you said anything over 10 years old, it’s a good time to think about getting a new coat. Paint isn’t designed to last that long. Although it does do a good job, it’ll start to flake and crack after that time due to prolonged air exposure and constant damage. You might want to consider painting over it or starting from scratch if your paint has been on for that long.
If not, though, there are a few other things you need to check. If your house paint is cracking in places or fading at all, then you know you need to get it sorted. A paint job should be pristine all the time, so anything that says otherwise needs to be addressed. Even if it’s the smallest crack, it can spiral out of control quite rapidly. You’ll have to fix it as soon as you notice the problem arise.
When To Paint Your Exterior House
Okay, now let’s look specifically at the exterior of the house and the paint on it. You could evaluate it yourself, but you don’t have a professional eye for these things. That’s why we recommend hiring a professional painter to help you decide if you’ll need to paint at all. Even if you are still deadset on painting yourself, at least they’ll be able to help you understand whether a new paint job is necessary.
With professional help, you’ll be able to make a well-informed decision. They’ve got an eye for these things and will know what you need to do to get your house looking as good as new again. You might end up wasting time painting over a coat that didn’t need to be painted over in the first place. Time is precious, so if we can avoid doing that, we might as well try!
Maintenance Tips For Exterior And Interior House Paint
Finally, let’s look at maintaining your paint. This time, though, we’ll look at both exterior and interior. The easiest way to maintain your paint is to minimize contact damage with it. Especially for the interior, if you can avoid touching it too often, or having things touch it, then you’ll find it lasts much longer over time and will be less likely to crack or fade.