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Feb 07, 2024

Is It Time to Repaint Your House?

It’s easy to overlook the condition of the outside of your house. There are other areas of your home that you look at closely every day so you notice when they are starting to look shabby. However, when it comes to the exterior of your home, we tend not to notice until it’s in really bad shape. If you don’t want to wait until it looks like you live in an abandoned house, there are signs you can look for to tell if it’s time to call some Holliston painters to freshen up your home’s exterior.  

Here are the most common signs that it’s time to repaint the exterior of your house.


Flaking Paint

Walk around the outside of your house and look for peeling, flaking, cracked, chipped, or blistering paint. All of these signs let you know that the paint is compromised or deteriorating. Peeling and flaking are often the first signs, as they affect only the top layer. Cracking and chipping affect more layers and are often caused by weather conditions and temperature fluctuations. Blistering—bubbles in the paint—occurs because moisture has penetrated the paint, so you may have to address that issue before repainting. Finally, if you can see bare wood, that means multiple layers of paint have flaked off, and your home is exposed to the elements.  

Fading Color

Over time, exposure to sunlight and weather can cause the color of your paint to fade. If the colors look dull and less vibrant than when it was first painted, it’s time for a refresh. Exposure to sunlight can break down the paint in other ways than just fading. The most common is an effect called “chalking.” This is when the paint starts to break down and leaves a chalky residue when something brushes up against it. The easiest way to check for this is to run your fingers along the exterior of your home. If you pick up a residue, it’s time to repaint.  

Water Damage

Water damage can manifest on the exterior of your house in multiple ways. Look for mold or mildew growth, as that is a sign the paint is no longer adequately protecting the surface. Repainting can help repel moisture and better protect your home. Rotting wood, particularly around doors and windows, is also a sign that the paint is breaking down and letting moisture through. You should replace the rotted sections before you repaint to prevent the decay from spreading.  

Contact our team of Holliston painters to give the exterior of your home a refresh! And don’t forget to follow Painters Etcetera on Facebook for ideas and updates.