How long does an exterior paint job last?

Last Updated on Monday, 20 December 2010 07:25 by ermand Sunday, 12 December 2010 11:44

One of the most asked question is how long does an exterior paint job last. Like in most cases there is no one answer fits all, but here are some factors that will determine the longevity of a paint job. I’ve broken it down in surface where the paint is applied, type of product and weather condition.

Type of surface.

The most used materials for exterior walls are: wood, aluminum, vinyl, stucco, brick, hardie-plank.

Type of paint or stain.

Common products for outside are paint, solid color stain, transparent or semi-transparent stains.

Weather conditions

This is a huge topic in itself but I just took the factors that have the biggest impact here in Connecticut.

This table will give you an idea of what to expect, however many other factors not indicated here are important as well.

Wood
Alminum/Vinyl
Stucco
Fiber-Cement
Hardieplank
Paint All Sides
4-10 Years
20 + Years
7-10 Years
15 + Years
Sunny Side
3-5 Years
3-6 Years
Shore
1-3 Years
Solid
Color
Stain
All Sides
5-9 Years
7-10 Years
7-9 Years
Sunny Side
4-7 Years
Shore
2-4 Years
Transparent
&
Semi -
Transparent
Stains
All Sides
2-5 Years



Sunny Side
1-3 Years



Shore
1-3 Years



Other factors like:

When was the very first paint job on the house done; over time paint loses elasticity and when that happens it starts cracking and then peeling is unavoidable.
Humidity, following proper procedures and doing the right prep, pressure washing and many other factors make a big difference as well

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