New paint! It’s the stuff dreams are made of. New exterior paint increases home value, protects from the elements, and looks great—obviously. But did you know it can also fight off health risks? Read on for the 9 reasons it pays to keep your exterior paint fresh.
Your Wood House Won’t Rot
When exterior paint gets old, it starts to chip, flake, and peel. Not only does it look shabby, it allows water and moisture to get trapped between the paint and the house. This collected water eventually causes wood to rot, and over the long term can destroy the structural integrity of your home. Even if you have aluminum or vinyl siding, you most likely have wood framing or trim, so this applies to you, too.
Increase Your Home Value
It’s not all wet wood and home damage! Painting increases your home value because it looks all shiny and new. A new coat of exterior paint is a great call if you’re putting your house on the market, but it’s also good to consider when refinancing your home—especially if your exterior is chipping and peeling.
Stucco Won’t Crumble
Paint protects stucco from weather just like it protects wood. Cracked or peeling paint can leave stucco exposed, and over time this exposure will cause the stucco to crumble and will lead to home damage. Stucco is super porous, so without a protective shell of paint, it absorbs water, which can also lead to mold.
It Costs Less Than You Think
Painting the exterior of your house extends the structural life of your home, and it costs less than you might imagine. This Thumbtack painting cost calculator allows you to approximate house painting in your area based on square footage and type of home (wood, stucco, metal siding, etc.). Now’s the time to take action.
Keep Out Termites…
Because there’s not much grosser than creepy crawly bugs eating the wood of your house out from underneath of you. A new coat of paint and caulk will help keep those little buggers at bay.
Vintage is charming. Retro is chic. Outdated is just kind of a bummer. If you bought a new house and along with it, the previous owner’s penchant for peach walls, or you’ve just been waiting for the right time…the time is now. Step into the year 2016 with a fresh coat of exterior paint. It will be so fun to drive home to each day.
Choosing a lighter-hued exterior paint will help reflect summer sun off the house, hopefully keeping you cooler, and lowering your utility bills in the process. There are also specially made light-reflecting paints that are proven to do the trick—perfect if you live in sun-baked climes. Scope Energy.gov for more information on lowering your energy bill.
Keep Mildew at Bay
When water creeps in through cracked paint, mildew starts to bloom. Not only does it lead to rotten wood, the Center for Disease Control warns mold can be damaging to your health. In particular, damp environments cause respiratory problems, coughing, allergies, and will trigger asthma in asthmatics.
You Want to Look Good
When all is said and done, you just want your home to look terrific. You want it to reflect your taste, your aesthetic, and to make you proud while you’re playing catch with your kid on the front lawn. Can life’s problems really be solved with a new coat of paint? Maybe not all of them, but a good many can.
Quality paint professionally applied can last for years. On a wood house, the average ranges from 4-10 years and on stucco from 7-10 years. Your average climate, rain, snow, and sun all play a role in your paint’s life. You can help your house paint live longer with regular maintenance. Every quarter, take a careful stroll around the house, checking for signs of chipping, flaking, peeling, or water pockets. Often small patches can be repaired, staving off a whole house paint for years. Look also for brittle or cracked caulk and sealant. You want to keep water and moisture out. Take good care of your paint, and it will take good care of you.