How long does paint last &  reasons for painting

REASONS FOR PAINTING

 

There are three basic reasons for painting.

 

(1)  Preservation – This is one of the most important reasons for painting, unfortunately a lot of people leave there out side painting until its too late. Paint is designed to protect your exterior surfaces from the elements, a well maintained house will look great and the over all maintenance expensive will be less.

 

(2)  Sanitation – Over time most places will get dirty and look unclean specially commercial kitchens and public toilets, you can imagine how dirty some of these places would get. Paint can only be washed so many times before the coating is worn down, at this stage its harder to wash and can retain bacteria. So its important to maintain a healthy environment by regularly cleaning areas like this and repainting when they need to be.

 

(3)  Decoration – This is the most popular reason for painting, most of the time people will repaint a room because they don’t like the existing colour. This is also the fun part, changing the look of a room or house by painting it a different colour.

 

(4)  Identification – I almost forgot about this one. its more so for commercial and industrial premises as they need to colour code all gas, water and electrical lines for quick identification.

 

HOW LONG DOES PAINT LAST

 

How Long Does A Paint Job Last

 

Internal Paint Work –  Can last many years but there are a lot of varying factors to exactly how long it will last or how long it will look good for. One issue is movement, this will over time open up cracks around the ceiling, windows and door frames, this is normal for all houses but structural cracks can appear for other reasons. Water damage is another issue, a leaking roof can cause water stains on a ceiling and smoke stains from a smoker or an open fire place can cause smoke damage. I painted a room that hadn’t been done for 30 years, the only place where paint was peeling from was around a water leak, so paint can last a long time internally but it may not look the best.

External Paint Work – Location is one of the main factors in how long your paint work will last for so as a bit of a guide on how often you should repaint the exterior will depend on how it looks. Generally have a look at how well your paint work is holding out, see if your windows are starting to peel in the corners also check other timber surfaces as they are normally the first to show signs of wear and tear.

Beach Front – repaint every 2 – 4 years

General Exterior – repaint every 7 – 10 years

Personally I had an old customer ring up after 12 years to repaint their exterior (all timber work) and all that was required was a touch up and one coat.