Tuesday, January 13, 2009

How often should you repaint your house?


My co-worker asked this, and I didn't really know. I figured I would ask you guys.

How often should you expect to repaint just to keep it looking fresh?

24 comments:

puck said...

A question I can answer. My dad is a house painter.
It depends on your climate and quality of paint, etc.

But 5 years if you want to keep it perfect. You can stretch it longer... but it is nice to change it up.

Little Lantern said...

Like Puck said, the quality of the original paint job is the key thing here. We repainted about 4 years ago and we went cheap. I felt ready for a new paint job after 2 years. We won't go so cheap next time.

...love Maegan said...

whenever the fuck you want to? As long as the paint is eco-friendly.

Anonymous said...

Cedar - solid stain every four years. You'll know because it will look it's very best the year it starts flaking.

Aluminum - every five because of the caulk.

Brick - never, ever, ever. Stop it.

kristin said...

Decorno, how the hell do you find your photos? They kill me every time.

red.door.read said...

are we talkin innie or outtie

every 700 days.

that picture makes me want to lick that house....

Julie said...

No advice on the paint - just wanted to say I just found your blog through Jules (pancakes & french frieds) and I've now added another laugh-a-thon blog to my daily reads. :-)

Anonymous said...

Love your blog. My hubby does this and as others have stated about every 5 years in quality conditions.

Anonymous said...

FYI...here's my tale of woe.

We bought a fixer in San Diego that needed to be repainted (among many other things). Couldn't afford to do it the first two years. Then, we asked for three estimates ($13k, 11k, and 9k) and went with the cheapest, a "freelance" guy who ended up being a total nutcase(i.e., talking constantly about his estranged wife, asking me to interpret the divorce papers she sent him, not showing up for work for days, and asking me to translate the argument between him and his Spanish-speaking co-workers, who he ultimately fired and who I later re-hired to finish the job).

Nearly a year later, our house was painted. We took comfort in the fact that we had selected the paint that a more reputable contractor had recommended, SW "Superpaint," which is supposed to last 25 years. Within 6 months, however, the stuff started bubbling off the house and peeling again in some places.

So, we'll be repainting again in a few years, as the other readers recommend...and we won't be pinching pennies this time.

Two lessons:
1) don't wait too long to repaint; the prepwork becomes harder, the job more expensive, and the integrity of the repaint is at risk as a result.
2) Don't assume that the quality of the paint will make up for the quality of the hired help. It won't.

koehmstedt said...

I'd say once every 10 years as long as the paint holds up nicely... if you live in extreme weather conditions it could be more often. But it is a huge job, so don't kill yourself too often.

Anonymous said...

The paint job in the posted photo will be fresh for a looooong time, and more power to 'em. (I thought I was being bold when I covered the grey trim on my white house with 'Elite Wisteria'--approximately the same tone as the bright mauve stripe. clearly, I need more spine!)

Lolo said...

Yyyeah, hiring a nutcase to work on your house - been there and paying to have it done over. I knew that we were in dangerous waters when three days into the job, he showed up wearing an ankle monitor. Basically, the world's stupidest, most underpaid drug dealer. He got busted for being a holding house for a bigger dealer and was paid a hundred dollars for every drop of several kilos. Oh, and also allowing people to pick up smaller quantities and leave the payment with him to turn over to the "real" drug dealer. He was just a dropoff and pickup and cash deposit but not a drug dealer.

My boyfriend hired him because he was so reasonably priced and here we are, looking at recessed cans that don't quite fit in the ceiling the way they're supposed to and the seam in the drywall that's noticeable in certain light.

Moral of story, the nutjobs charge less because they have to.

Hilary said...

I live in a historic district and apparently they suggest that you repaint every 3 years.

Ryan said...

Seriously? I mean seriously? In 17 years my parents have only repainted their house twice (granted it's time for a touch up on the trim and the side that gets the most sun. But every three years? can you imagine how much build up you'd have after only 20 years. Of course this is why I bought a brick house so I only have to paint the trim. I'm slowly removing the aluminum covering all the trim.

I think the more sun you get, the more you have to re-paint so the answer would be totally regional.

Ryan said...

actually my parents have been in the house 27 years, not 17.

orsalia said...

When to paint my house? The minute it starts to look like the one in your photo... (Where's the Dramamine?)

jen said...

I asked my husband that does this for a living...he gave me a very long and complicated answer and my eyes started to glaze over. The bottom line - routine maintenance every 6 months to make sure the caulking, etc is holding up and then a full paint job every 3-5 years. And then he remembered it was time to check the air pressure in my tires...

Tara.Fields said...

When it comes to painters you'll almost always regret going cheap, but just because they charge more doesn't mean they're better. I'm a painter (interiors, mostly higher-end finishes) and all those assholes and dipshits make it a lot harder for those of us who are good, use good products & materials, show up on time, are clean and respectful in your home, etc.

And while I'm venting, there's a good reason licensed painting contractors cost more! We have to pay for that license (which is governed by a consumer protection organization) and in my state pay for insurance and the bond that requires a background check. Anyway, there's not much difference between getting what you pay for and getting what you deserve if you don't think being skilled at a job is worth some money.

Anonymous said...

my monster-in-law had her brother/house painter/professional opera singer painter her semi-large house 15 years ago. he swears he used like 2 gallons of (benjamin moore) paint and it still looks like new. it's a really deep color, which you would think would show wear. maybe the dark color helps hide imperfections? not sure, but there's a whole lotta crazy wrapped up in that house.

we had our virgin brick painted 8 years ago. it had to be done. our weird little bungalow came with a strange sort of brick that was screaming for some make-up. it's totally fine, still. had the trim re-done last summer. everyone thought we painted the whole house again.

Anonymous said...

Could someone maybe help me out? It's not exactly how often I should paint, but it is a paint dilemma. We recently purchased an old (120 yrs) small cottage. We know from talking to neighbors that the house has been red w/white trim for the last 40 years. All the neighbors love it. It looks like a little school house. The house needs painting and I want to paint the body black with white trim. Nobody wants me to change the color. We know that before it was red, it was pink with white trim. Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I'm torn because the color change will be so dramatic and I really don't want to be the scourge of my new little neighborhood. Any suggestions? Help!

Anonymous said...

i would only caution against black with white trim due to the dirt it will show. Pure white trim will look dirty quick, and think of black cars. But with how much work is required, I would say make a dramatic change. Prep work matters- wash the house with tsp substitute, i didn't power wash (didn't want to water log) so i did it all with a sponge. Make sure the wood is 100% dry, prime, 2 coats of paint. I've heard rumors painting with a brush will make the job last longer, since sprays water down the paint. I live by a large lake= needing to paint more often, south sun can cause peeling too. I used SW A100 latex and primer and have had no touch-ups in 3 years. good luck!

Kelly said...

Not sure on an answer, but I love the photo. Such a courageously colorful house!

Anonymous said...

Paint one side every year. Ergo, the whole house gets done every four years.

Drew Painting said...

I would say you could repaint when the paint wears off. If you use good paint, you should be able to get ten to twelve years out of it.

Dave Drew
A Phoenix, Arizona Painting and Drywall Contractor
http://www.drewpainting.com