How Long Does Exterior House Paint Last In North Texas?

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How Long Does Exterior House Paint Last In North Texas?

How Long Does Exterior Paint Last In North Texas?

If you have noticed bubbling or peeling in spots on the exterior paint on your home, you may be wondering if it’s time for a new paint job. 





You may also be interested in selling your home. Refreshing the paint on your house can improve the entire look and feel of the home as well as increase its curb appeal. 





This can be an excellent way to get your house ready to sell. However, painting an entire house can be an expensive and lengthy project. That said, your home’s exterior paint is its shield of protection against the elements. 





Delaying an overdue paint job can result in damage and heftier costs. How can you be sure that now is the time? Today, we’re going to give you the facts to help you determine if your home in north Texas is ready for an exterior paint job and how long you can expect it to last.





Why Does Exterior House Paint Deteriorate?





There are several different kinds of exterior paint on the market today. These include latex, acrylic, and oil-based paints. To take one example, one of the most popular and durable exterior paints is acrylic. Although more expensive than latex, acrylic paints possess the elasticity to provide long-lasting durability against the elements. 





As moisture levels and temperature fluctuate, the wood and other materials used on the exterior of your house will expand and contract. Brittle paint will crack and leave your home exposed. Acrylic paint is made of chemicals that make it water-resistant when dry.





Nonetheless, even durable exterior paint still deteriorates over time. Why does this occur? 





Unfortunately, the driving factors behind this deterioration are out of our control: the sun and the weather. In North Texas, we have a humid subtropical climate with plenty of sunshine nearly year-round. 




If your home is in a sunny location, you will most likely notice that the sun-exposed walls of your home show more signs of wear than the others. This is the result of that UV-ray damage to the exterior paint. 




The other primary factor is humidity. Every year, the elements throw rain, sleet, hail, ice, and snow against your house, gradually damaging it over time. Water can be particularly destructive when it seeps between the layer of paint and the exterior wall. 





As the temperatures fluctuate over the year, this water can expand and contract, gradually pulling the paint from the home’s surface and causing peeling and blistering. Other factors that cause damage to your home’s exterior paint include the organic buildup of dirt, mold, and mildew.





What To Look For When It Comes To Wear And Tear




When trying to determine whether now is the right time to paint your home, it helps to take a walk around it and inspect it yourself for certain physical signs of damage. 





These signs include cracking, bubbling, or peeling. If you see these kinds of issues in more than one area of your house, it is a clear indicator that the paint is no longer adhering to the structure and a new paint job is essential. 




Another indicator of aging paint is fading. You may notice that your house does not look as bright and colorful as it once did. As the sun hits the paint on your house, it leaches the pigments out of it, causing it to have a tired, faded appearance. 





This can damage your home’s curb appeal and reduce its selling potential.





As your house continues to settle into its foundation and slowly expands and contracts with changes in the weather, you might notice gaps appearing around the doors and framing of your house. 





This is an important indicator that the time has come to invest in a complete exterior paint job. These gaps can open holes for moisture to enter your home and damage its materials. Professional painters will seal these gaps with caulk before painting and keep your home protected. 





Even if your home has already been caulked in the past, there may still be cracks or gaps that need to be sealed or re-caulked.





Even if you do not see these obvious signs of damage to your house’s paint job, it may still be time to paint it. In fact, it is better to paint your home before you start seeing these issues rather than after. Exterior paint lasts between 5 and 12 years, depending on the quality of the paint, the skill of the painters, and the surfaces being painted. 





For example, exterior paint on wood will last between 5 to 10 years, while exterior paint on stucco will last between 5 and 12 years. Paint on cement board siding can last a bit longer.





 A professional contractor will be able to advise you on how long paint should last on whatever materials your home is made of. They will also be able to inspect your home to determine whether the damage is caused by a specific issue or if it really is time to get a full exterior paint job.





The Exterior House Painting Process – What To Expect





If you have come to the conclusion or been advised that your house requires a complete exterior paint job, you may be wondering what that process is going to look like. As the premier exterior painters in North Texas, we at Texas Painting and Gutters have a specific methodology that’s been carefully designed to deliver a paint job that will last the test of time. 





It starts with a project manager walkthrough on day one to ensure that everyone is on the same page.




After that, we carefully clean the home  and scrape away any loose or peeling paint. We will also replace any decaying wood as per your contract. To protect the parts of your home that you don’t want to be painted, we will mask off all windows and doors as well as cover any landscaping or furniture that could be impacted by the job.  





After the preparation phase is complete, we will caulk all the seams on your home with a 55-year elastomeric caulk. With the gaps closed, your house will be ready to start painting. We only use high-quality paint, such as Sherwin Williams. 





If you live in Plano, McKinney, Wylie, or the surrounding areas and are looking for an exterior paint job, Texas Painting and Gutters has the experience and craftsmanship to deliver results that exceed your expectations.




Jeff Hahs
Jeff Hahs
With over 17 years of local painting and gutter experience in Collin County, Jeff enjoys offering his expert tips, tricks and news via the Texas Painting and Gutters blog. Stop by regularly for updates and thanks for reading!

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