The hot and humid climate of South Florida can be brutal on the paint on your house. Furthermore, the constant exposure to the sun’s UV rays can be punishing to the paint and materials it’s protecting. This is why you must use specific Florida paints when you repaint your home.
At UCI Paints, one common question we get is, “How often should I repaint my home?” While most paints will last seven years, you can get premium paint that will last longer. However, there are a few signs that will tell you more specifically when it’s time to paint. Read this brief guide to learn more about what to look for with the paint on your home so you know when you need to put down some fresh paint.
Cracked, flaking, or bubbling paint
South Florida weather conditions can be pretty harsh on your home. Heat, humidity, and intense sun exposure are a recipe for destroying many things and the paint on your house is no different. You might notice that your paint is starting to crack, flake, or bubble as it ages. Paint that does this isn’t going to provide your stucco or wood siding with the protection that it needs from the elements because the seal has been broken. This makes it easier for water to get into the material and cause rot or mold. Before you repaint, check for damaged materials because the new coat of paint won’t stick to wood that’s already rotted.
Faded or discolored paint
It’s not uncommon for paint to fade after years of sitting in the sun. Although, paint can fade or discolor if you have issues with water breaking through the moisture seal and getting into your wood siding. If you notice that your paint is fading, consider which side of the house it’s on and take into account the amount of sunlight that hits that spot each day. If it’s an area that gets a lot of sunlight, a fresh coat of paint will freshen it up and ensure that the seal remains strong against moisture. A heavily shaded area with faded paint could indicate that you have a larger problem on your hands. Address the issue with your siding then make sure to use Florida paints that will help to seal the area from moisture.
It’s normal for caulking around your windows and doors to show signs of wear over the years as these areas expand and contract with changes in temperature throughout the year. It will eventually need to be redone to ensure that the seal is tight and moisture can’t get in and air can’t escape. Worn-out caulking is a good sign that you need to repaint because it’s typical for painting crews to redo the caulking in these areas when they repaint your home. so you have all-new seals around windows and doors that will last for years.
You want to
Sometimes you simply want a change. If your house has been yellow for 20 years and you’ve been repainting it that way for years, it might be time to switch to blue or whatever else you love. A fresh coat of paint can go a long way to improving how you feel about your home while increasing its value. Once you feel like it’s time to make a change, go ahead with Florida paints that are meant to last for years.
Call us for more
If you’re not sure that your home needs to be repainted, get in touch with us at UCI Paints to learn more. We offer quality Florida paints that are designed to withstand the harsh conditions of the region. Give us a call today at 954-581-6060 or send a message using our online contact form. We look forward to hearing from you.