How Long Will Your New Paint Job Last?
Painting the interior or exterior of your home can be a large investment of time and money. A question we are often asked is, “how long the paint will last?” The answer to that question depends on what type of paint you use, the conditions it will endure and the surface it is applied to.
The Durability of Different Types of Paint
There are three different types of paint that you can choose from oil-based paint, water-based paint and latex-based paint.
Oil-based paint is the most durable and dries rock hard. This type of paint is best for high traffic areas like stairs or risers. It isn’t recommended for exteriors. It has become less popular because it is harmful to the environment and hard on your lungs. It cont aim high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC) that give off a strong, toxic odor. The odor can last for months. It is best to apply oil-based paints during the spring or early summer so that you can leave the windows open for ventilation for the first couple of months until the odor fades. It also dries much slower. It is smart to plan to give it at least 24 hours to dry.
Water-based paint or alkyd-based paint is the most popular. It is the best alternative to oil-based paint because it is durable, safe and more environmentally friendly. It is also more affordable.
Latex-based paint is less durable but takes the least time to dry. It is a great option for ceilings. It is also a popular exterior paint in areas that have frequent rainfall.
The Longevity of Interior Paint
Interior paint tends to last longer than exterior paint because it is in a temperature-controlled environment and shielded from direct sunlight. If you apply a fresh coat of paint to a room in your home, it should last for about 10 years. Lower quality paints may begin to chip or flake earlier. Paint in high traffic areas like stairs or a child’s playroom will not last as long. Areas that are exposed to sunlight tend to fade faster over the years.
The Longevity of Exterior Paint
Exterior paint will last for five to seven years in most climates. If you live in an area with extremely cold or hot weather, the paint may show signs of aging like blistering, cracking or peeling earlier. Paint on wood trim and wood siding has an even shorter lifespan. It will begin to show signs of aging within 3 years. Dark colors that absorb more heat from the sun will fade sooner. Lighter colors will last the longest outside.
How to Keep Your Paint Looking Fresh
You can ensure that the paint on your walls lasts longer by following these 5 rules when you apply it.
Invest in a High-Quality Paint
Good quality paint has less splatter and more abrasion resistance. It is a good idea to avoid budget brands and trade-lines. Instead, choose the premium range of paints because these contain better ingredients and protection against wear and tear.
Prep the Painting Surface
Applying a fresh coat of paint on top of old peeling paint won’t solve the problem. The new paint will soon begin to peel. To prevent problems like this, prep the surface by scraping away any chipped or flaking paint. Also, clean the surface to remove any dirt, fungus or mildew so that the new coat of paint will adhere well to the surface.
Check the Weather & Humidity
Before you start painting, check the weather and humidity levels. Rain and high humidity prevent paint from dry and curing quickly. Extremely high humidity can even make paint melt! Try to avoid painting on a rainy or extremely humid day.
Use the Three-Coat System
You can extend the life of your paint job by using the three-coat system. The first coat should be a primer. The second coat will be the first layer of paint. The final coat will be the second layer of paint. Using this three-coat system will help the color to look brighter longer and prevent rot, mildew, and weathering.
Choose a Color You Can Love for Years
You may get tired of your new wall color long before it shows signs of wear if you choose a trendy color that goes out of style quickly. Applying a dark color on your home’s exterior that fades quickly can also make you regret the paint job. Take this into consideration when you choose the colors for your home. Select colors that will stand the test of time.
Franklin Painting offers a color consultation and expert painters to help you choose the right color and paint to last for years. Give us a call if you need help painting the interior or exterior of your home. Our professional painters take pride in their craft. They will do all the prep work to ensure that the paint they apply lasts for years.