Everyone knows that it is important to keep the outside of the home painted. Painting the outside of the home will help protect the siding material from the elements and ensures great curbside appeal. A home requires a lot of maintenance, and that includes repainting the outside of the residence every eight to ten years. However, depending on the type of materials that is on your home’s exterior, you may need to paint more often. McKay’s Painting would like to go over the different types of siding and how often they should be painted.
How Often Does Wood Siding Need to Be Painted?
Wood siding is commonly used along the exterior walls of homes. Wood brings a natural element to the home. Whether you stain or paint wooden siding, it is very important that you protect the wood from the elements. Wood is extremely vulnerable to moisture, sun, and pests. Wood can last a very long time with the proper maintenance. If you have wooden siding, the wood should be kept protected with either a stain or a paint. To ensure the wood is always protected, you will want to repaint or re-stain it before the wood becomes vulnerable. No matter whether you paint or stain your wood siding, you should repaint or restain every 5 to 10 years depending on the quality of paint and stain. Doing so ensures your wood siding is protected and it will help extend the life and beauty of the wood siding as well as your home.
Does Vinyl Siding Ever Need to Be Painted?
Vinyl siding is another popular material that is used along the exterior walls of homes. Vinyl siding comes in many colors, textures and designs. Vinyl siding in general doesn’t need to be painted in the beginning. Vinyl siding comes per-colored and doesn’t need extra protection. However over time the sun, rain and other elements can cause the vinyl to fade. As the vinyl fades, it looks terrible and ruins your home’s curbside appeal. When this occurs you can repaint the vinyl to improve its aesthetics. When painting the vinyl you need a vinyl-safe paint to prevent any damage to the material. You will want to maintain the paint and repaint only as needed. It should be noted that older or damaged siding should be replaced.
Is it Better to Paint or Replace Aluminum Siding?
Aluminum siding is strong and durable and is rather low maintenance. Like vinyl siding, aluminum siding doesn’t need to be painted for protection, at least not right away. Aluminum can become chalky when left out in the sun. Where aluminum doesn’t rust, it will also corrode. To prevent that chalky texture or corroding you can and will want to paint the aluminum. You can paint your aluminum right away for aesthetic purposes or make sure to paint the aluminum after a few years in the sun. When painting aluminum you will want to use a paint that is designed to work with aluminum.
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Other exterior surfaces such as stucco, brick, and plaster all can be painted about every 10 to 15 years. Keeping your home’s exterior painted can help seal in the cracks, protect the exterior and ensure your home looks beautiful. For quality exterior painting services, contact McKay’s Painting today.