Six Signs it's Time to Paint Your Exterior | Spectrum Painting

Six Signs it's Time to Paint Your Exterior

Six Signs it's Time to Paint Your Exterior

Taking care of your home, including maintaining the painted surface inside and outside your home, is one of the most important things you can do to keep its value up. Along with keeping your kitchen and bathrooms updated, a clean, maintained home looks inviting and can actually help raise the market value. Quality paint also protects your home's exterior against the elements. Repainting your exterior or interior is a great way to make a big impact in updating your home, but it's also a smart investment. 

So how do you know when it's time to paint your house? Watch for these 6 signs. 

1. The Paint Shows Signs of Wear

Peeling, bubbling, and cracking paint are signs that the paint wasn't applied correctly in the first place or that the paint has succumbed to the elements. These signs may also mean you're dealing with dry rot or mold. They shouldn't be ignored, as they can lead to bigger problems down the road. 

2. The Paint Is Fading

Fading paint makes a house look worn and tired. It's time to repaint when the paint doesn't have that same vibrant color it had when it was originally painted. Dark paints will fade quicker than lighter paints, so keep an eye out.

3. You're Putting the House on the Market

First impressions only happen once. That's why curb appeal is so important when you want to sell your house. Potential buyers will make split-second opinions about your house the moment they drive into your driveway. If the paint job is old, or was poorly done, they'll notice -- and that may affect their decision to place an offer or not. Likewise, the interior of your home needs to look fresh and taken care of. New paint can make your home look modern, clean, and inviting.

4. You're Seeing Gaps or Shrinking

Do the boards on your home's exterior look as if they're shrinking? Do you see gaps between the boards? This is a sign of potential dry rot, meaning moisture could be getting into the wood. You'll want a professional to assess the damage.

5. The Caulk Is Cracking

If the caulking on the exterior of your house is cracking or showing signs of being brittle, it has lost its elasticity and it's time for an updated paint job.

6. The Right Amount of Time Has Passed

You don't have to wait to see signs of paint failure before you paint. In fact, it's better if you don't. Just like you want to replace your roof before it's caving in, repainting before you have huge issues will save you a headache or 12 -- and it will keep your house in tip-top shape.

So how often does your house need to be painted?

If you're seeing any of the above signs, give Spectrum Painting a call at 973-706-6033.  We use the best quality materials and do not cut any corners in the prepping process, including soft washing your home before prepping and painting.  Call us today and let us help with your next home project!

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Spectrum did the most professional and diligent work I've ever had done in my home. The staff's attention to detail, tidiness and pleasant manners make contracting with them a top-notch experience. Spectrum gets an A+++ in my book!
Patty G. | Jan/12/2015
Spectrum Painting just completed an interior paint job in my new home and I could not be any happier with the results! From the very first contact, the team at Spectrum Painting was very friendly and professional. I received an estimate very quickly and had the job scheduled and completed in no time to at all. The team arrived right on time, explained the process to me, and took a great deal of care in covering my property to be sure it was not damaged in the process. The job was completed in one day and there was virtually no mess left behind. I would recommend Spectrum to anyone in need of a paint job and will be sure to use them again for my next project!
Steven Munczinski | Nov/2/2020
Perfect work, responsive to ideas and questions. Clean, meticulous workspace when finished. Have known Rich for years - he and his team are the real deal - exactly what you would hope for when hiring someone to do work at your home. Would not use anyone else for painting/floor coating but Spectrum!
Katy S. | Feb/19/2021
A+ I was thrilled when I came home to see the completed project. I looked long and hard to find a single thing to possibly complain about and came up empty handed. I appreciate the emails and phone call correspondence getting the estimate and scheduling the work. The crew leader, Jose, was fantastic at pointing out small details, answering questions, and making recommendations in addition to completing a great job. The crew did an especially great job prepping and cleaning up. I'm sure that I will need more painting and power washing done in the future and I will not hesitate to contact Spectrum again.
Marc M. | Jan/12/2015
Very neat and polite workers. Spectrum is a very organized company and always on schedule!
Cindy and Steve K. | Jan/12/2015
Spectrum Painting was recommended to us by our fence company when we recently installed a picket fence.. They did a great job. They arrived punctually, were highly professional and made sure that the job was done properly. I would definitely recommend them and use them again.
Lisa S. | Aug/30/2016
I feel like I have a new Kitchen and would highly recommend them for any Job. The Price was very reasonable. Spectrum Painting just finished Refinishing my Kitchen Cabinets and did an Amazing Job. I feel like I have a new Kitchen and would highly recommend them for any Job. Marcin was on time each day, very Professional, Friendly and did a Fabulous Job. Even with Covid the men were very careful, wore masks and closed off my kitchen from the rest of my home. The Price was very reasonable.
Liz M. | Feb/15/2021
Crew is very respectful and organized. The project was fully reviewed in advance, with attention to detail. The team was great- hardworking, respectful and very efficient.
Melinda T. | Oct/27/2016
I just had a few rooms painted by Rich's great team, Rafael and Marcin. They were extremely pleasant and courteous. They spent time carefully prepping the area. Their work was absolutely flawless. There was one area of the ceiling that was haphazardly patched before - a cap screwed into a former light fixture that looked terrible and I asked for them to somehow make it disappear. I couldn't believe when I walked couldn't tell there was ever a cap or fixture or any spackling/hiding: like it never happened. I highly recommended Spectrum!
Vera B. | Aug/30/2016