Home Improvement Wednesdays

How Often Should I Paint the Exterior of My House?

How do you know when it’s time to paint the outside of your home? There are a few obvious signs to watch for, like cracking and chipping paint, but there are also some less obvious things that can cause problems too. Exterior painting is a pretty big job, so it’s always a good idea to hire professional painters if you can.

Unfortunately, there is no set timeline for when your home should be painted, since every home is different. There are some rough guidelines you can follow, but there are several factors that can change the timing. Most experts say that you’ll need to paint every five to ten years, depending on where you live, climate and weather, and the previous paint job. 

Also, keep in mind that every surface will be a little different. For example:

  • Wood siding – paint every 3-7 years

  • Wood Trim/Fascia – paint every 5 - 7 years

  • Stucco – paint every 7-10 years

  • Brick - if it’s not painted, it only needs occasional cleaning; if it’s painted, it can last 15-20 years


There are a few factors that can affect how long your paint will last. The biggest three are how your home was painted previously, climate and weather, and how the house has been maintained over time.


If you’ve just bought your house, you might not know exactly when it was last painted. It’s a good idea to find out, since having detailed information about the paint job can make a big difference. The type of paint used, the quality of paint, how many coats were applied, and even the color used can all affect longevity. It’s also helpful to know the time of year in which it was painted, since whether your house was painted on a sunny or overcast day can change how well the paint dries.

Preventative maintenance and spotting problems before they get too out of hand is key.  Inspect your house regularly and watch for signs of wear and tear. Specific things to watch for are dampness, wood rot, insect or rodent infestation, and mold. If you spot these, take care of them right away—you’ll make your paint job last longer. Additionally, keeping up with general maintenance will keep your paint looking great over time. This means regularly washing dirt and moss off the surface of your home before it starts to break down the paint.

Once you’re ready and you’ve determined it’s time to update your exterior paint, view approved paint colors for your neighborhood by clicking “Paint Submittal” above. Approval is required by SAMLARC and if applicable your sub-association.  Applications can be found under “Documents and Forms” or by contacting the Community Services Team.   We are here to help and look forward to hearing from you.

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