A fresh coat of paint is a great way to revitalize the look of your home. If you’re not painting for decor purposes, however, when is the right time to paint? Here’s your handy guide…

External paint

How often you need to repaint the outside of your home does depend on the wall treatment you have used. Plaster and stucco finishes wear very well, needing a full repaint only every five years or so. Painted aluminium siding lasts about that length of time, too, but wood treatments will typically need care every three years.

This is, of course, if the previous job was well done and no issues (like rising damp) arise. Watch out for warning signs like peeling plaster, bleached wood or ‘bubbles’ of plaster/paint.

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Interior finishes

Surprisingly, internal paint needs redoing more than external. That’s because we live in the interiors of our homes, so high traffic areas, hands on walls and switches, cooking, showering, cleaning and other life activities take a toll on your paint. Plus decor and colour tastes change over time. As a rule of thumb, interior finishes in high-traffic areas (think the kitchen and corridors) will last for two years. You can stretch this to three to five years for less trafficked areas if you wish.

Remember that the quality of paint you use will have a lasting impact on the results you get. Always try to buy the best quality paint you can afford, and your results will last considerably better.