Paint is the first line of defense for your house against the elements.  Exteriors should be painted every 5 to 10 years, depending on the craftsmanship and quality of paint.  Basic guidelines based on exterior surface include painting wood surfaces need to be painted every 3 to 7 years, aluminum siding needs to be painted about every 5 years, and stucco should be repainted every 5 to 6 years.  Vinyl siding does not need to be painted, but it will fade over time.  NJ Pro Painters offer free, in-home estimates for paint jobs.  Contact us today to set yours up if you see the following signs.

How Often Should You Repaint Your Home’s Exterior?

Wear and Tear

If the paint has started to show signs of wear and tear, it’s time to consider a paint job.  Physical signs of wear include cracking, peeling and bubbling.  Any of these show that the paint is no longer adhering well to the house.  Furthermore, moisture is being allowed to penetrate the paint film and cause issues beneath.  It’s best to have a professional assess the issues and potential damage that lies beneath.



Faded paint, while not a terrible issue, can make your house look sad and tired.  If the house is faded more on one particular area, the sun is leaching the pigments from your paint.  It’s probably a good idea to paint.  Even though there is no physical damage happening, your house can still be an eyesore.



If you are seeing areas around your home where it looks like the house is pulling away from door and window frames, it’s probably time to paint.  Most likely you will need your home caulked to fill in the gaps.  A professional will be able to tell you if moisture has leached into the wood and causing rot or decay.  Any place where you can see gaps should be addressed by repair or replacement.


Cracked caulk

Caulk is used to seal areas between the walls and windows or doors.  It’s used to keep your home sealed tight.  Over time, it gets brittle, loses elasticity and can crack and fall away.  Additionally, any area where there was caulk and now is not should be corrected.  There is paintable caulk for cracks that will show the shape immediately and will need to be painted.



If you are lucky and your paint doesn’t show signs of failure, it could still be time to redo it.  Even if you don’t see these signs, repainting is a good idea if the appropriate time period has passed.  Moreover, it means that the paint has done its job and protected your house with a good paint surface for years.  If you can’t remember when your house was last painted, or it’s been a decade or more, call a professional to avoid damage.  Being proactive is always cheaper than reactive.



A fresh exterior paint job can increase your curb appeal and potentially bring you some bucks at the closing table.  Before you list your home, it’s a good idea to at least get a consult from a professional.  They will be able to tell you if the cost of an exterior painting outweighs the cost associated with it.

How Often Should You Repaint Your Home’s Exterior?

So how do you know when it’s time to repaint your home’s exterior?  Maybe you’re inspired by a great new color combination that caught your eye, and you think it would be perfect for your home.  Or perhaps you’re just tired of the current color and want to make a subtle shift.  Either way, we have plenty of color ideas to help you choose.  If you’re still happy with the color, painting may be necessary due to your home’s condition.  NJ Pro Painters recommends doing a walk around your home’s exterior and keeping this checklist handy:

  • Are your soffits, trim, or fascia cracking, peeling or flaking?
  • Is your siding fading or chalking, a cast that can be noticed when you rub your fingers across the surface?
  • Is there any discoloration on the siding, especially on the sunny side of the home?
  • Are there any signs of wood rot? Look for soft spots in your wood siding which have more exposure to water.
  • Is your front door color looking dirty or dull?

Any of these conditions may indicate the need for repair and repainting your home’s exterior.  Protect your investment – contact NJ Pro Painters to schedule a free estimate.

Contact us

With one simple call to NJ Pro Painters, you could put your mind and body at ease and hire our highly professional house painters to meticulously inspect, prep, repair and protect all your home’s surfaces before we begin painting to ensure your house paint job stands the test of time.


Pro Painters & Gutters LLC 2 Kiel Ave. #217, Kinnelon, NJ 07405


Hours Mon to Fri 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM   Phone 973-839-4600.