There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to liven up a drab and dreary home!

We all want our homes to look their best, but when it comes to your home, paint isn’t just for looks.

Believe it or not, paint is your home’s first defence against the elements. If something goes awry you could be looking at serious damage, from structural issues to mould.

That’s not to say that sometimes the only reason you need to repaint your house is to freshen things up, experiment with colour and have a little fun with colour.

What we are saying is that instead of waiting until things get out of hand, we recommend regularly inspecting your house’s exterior for any signs of wear and tear.

So, if you’re not already in the mood for a home makeover, how can you tell if it’s time to repaint your house?

We’ve put together a list of five tell-tale signs that it’s time for a fresh coat.

1. Peeling, Cracking and Flaking

Outside of any obvious paint damage, your house will generally need a new coat of paint every 10 to 15 years. One of the most obvious ways to tell if you need to call in a professional is if you notice any cracks, flakes or peeling in your paint.

These signs of wear and tear are definitely cause for concern. If your exterior is exposed to the elements, even just a crack, you could be creating the perfect environment for mould, mildew and water damage.

That being said, if you take care of your paint job you can extend it’s lifespan significantly. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. There are a lot of easy, concrete ways you can maintain your outdoor paint and avoid any serious long-term damage.

2. When to Repaint Your Rendered Exterior

Render holds paint differently than brick, wood or more common exterior surfaces. The signs you’ll need to stay on the lookout for will be a little different than with other types of homes.

A good trick is to run a dark towel over the sides of your house that get the most sun. If after a good wipe your towel is covered with powdery paint chips, it’s definitely time to start planning a repaint.

Also, be sure to check the render for any cracks near the foundation, windows or doors. Just like with regular house paint, you want to ensure that you’re protecting the structural integrity of your home from mould or water damage.

3. Stay on Top of Your Trim

It’s common for your trim to be made of a different material than the rest of your house. This means that it’s a good idea to keep a frequent eye on your trim, especially if it’s wood, for any signs of paint decay (cracking, peeling or flaking etc.).

If you notice that the paint on your trim needs a refresh, you probably won’t have to go in for a full repaint. In general, wood surfaces will need to be repainted approximately every 4 to 10 years. Wood is more predisposed to rot than aluminium or cement, so regular maintenance can save you a lot of trouble in the long run.

If you’re already planning to replace your exterior trim pick a material that fits your schedule and budget. Vinyl is a good choice if you want to avoid future maintenance, it’s also significantly less expensive than wood trim.

4. Mould, Mildew and You

Mould and mildew are a homeowners worst nightmare. Not only can mould be a serious health risk, but it can also wreak havoc on the structural integrity of your home. There are some obvious causes of mould growth. Floods, humidity and improper ventilation are the usual suspects, and cracks in your exterior paint will always make matters worse.

Mould can cause serious health problems in your respiratory system, exacerbate underlying illnesses and infections and can sometimes cause long term issues like asthma.

Check around the foundations and trim of your home for any signs of discolouration. Mould will usually present as a black or grey stain, so if you see any suspicious spots your best bet is to call a professional to take a closer look.

5. Time to Freshen Things Up

Sometimes you don’t need a practical reason to repaint your home. A fresh coat of paint can drastically change the appearance and feel of your home’s exterior. So, if you’re feeling blah about things it’s time to pull out the paint swatches and start planning a whole new look.

Picking the right colour takes a keen eye and inspiration, but there are some fun tricks you can do to help find the right shades to dress up a shabby exterior.

Let yourself get creative with painting trim, siding and verandas accent colours or stick to a monochromatic look for a more modern vibe.

And while you’re at it, why not freshen up your interior palet? We’ve put together some tips from top painters to help you find new and exciting paint colours that will look great inside or out!

Need a Helping Hand?

DIY projects can take a left turn into DIY disaster faster than you can say Summit Coating, so if it’s time to repaint your home’s exterior put down your brushes and rollers and get in touch.

Here at Summit Coating painters we have a team of professionals that are ready to lend a hand with any of your paint concerns. From small upkeep jobs to a full home makeover we’re happy to take the reigns so you can sit back, relax and wait for the finished results.