Though repainting the outside of a house can be mostly about updating its look and raising its curb appeal, putting on a new coat of paint also helps to protect a house from the elements. Quality exterior paints can take a pounding from heavy rain or intense heat. Some also feature higher elongation rates that allow the coat to flex with shifts in the house’s foundation or for better application to varied surfaces like stucco, thus preventing cracks from arising not long after it has been applied.

Timing is key when planning out a painting project. Randall Reese of Newport’s LVX Painting suggests homeowners planning on repainting the outside of their house call for appointments early in the spring. Calling in autumn and hoping for an appointment before the end of the year can be risky because of earlier bookings to contend with and the many variables that determine how long repainting the exterior will take. Depending on the size and layout of the house and whether the weather permits work to be done quickly, a complete paint job can take anywhere from a couple of days to a week.

“I usually tell people, plan on at least six weeks of lead time,” says Reese, “but that changes so much through the season.” Reese advises those doing multiple projects on their home in one year to make sure that the work is done on those improvements before bringing a painting company out to the house.

This is especially true right now as many of the home improvement trades are busy with appointments because of a good economy. With more people looking to do work on their homes, the timeline for completion on carpentry, roofing or other projects may stretch because of high demand, putting a strain on the availability of materials and labor. And if a homeowner is cutting it close with arranging multiple projects in a row, that can spell trouble—if the house isn’t ready to be painted by the time one’s appointment arrives, they run the risk of being pushed to the end of the list and their paint job will be significantly delayed.

One of the tougher parts of repainting a home is that the quality of work may not be apparent for years. Reese mentions that he’s surprised by the amount of homeowners who come to LVX after getting their house repainted seven or eight years ago, expecting it to be time to do it all over again.

“A good paint job should last 15 or 20 years,” he explains, adding that the quality of exterior paints keeps improving. For example, Sherwin-Williams’ Emerald exterior paint tends to resist fading for longer and tends to hold up well in intense heat or moisture. From the professional side of things, Reese appreciates Emerald because it applies better and is an overall nicer paint with which to work, something for homeowners to consider whether they’re painting a house themselves or utilizing contractors to do so.

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