Signs That Indicate Your Home's Exterior Need a Fresh Coat of Paint

by Sam An on Mar 28, 2019 Home Improvement 182 Views


When you are planning for home improvement projects, you may think of remodelling a kitchen or bathroom, but not about repainting your home’s exterior. A well-maintained lawn and flower bed overflowing with beautiful, bright flowers can enhance the appearance of your house. But, no amount of landscaping can make up for a house that badly needs a fresh coat of paint. So, do not overlook the following signs that indicate it is time to repaint your home’s exterior. 


Due to the exposure to the natural elements, paints do break down over time, and chalking is one of the first signs of this. When you run your hands across the surface, the paint will shed a chalky residue. 

This is a visible sign that the paint on your home’s exterior is breaking down and needs to be repainted soon. So, if you notice it, contact Colour Life Painting, painter in Sydney and discuss your options. 


This stage occurs typically after chalking. You can notice small cracks in the paint. The paint begins break apart and to curl at the edges and peel away from the surface. It is visible in some areas more than others. But, it is a tell-tale sign your home needs new paint. If it is left as it is, it will expose the substrate, such as timber and allow moisture to seep behind the paint and spoil the substrate, ie. dry rot, staining, drummy/spalling render, efflorescence, etc. If you notice cracking in your exterior paint, contact Colour Life Painting, house painters in Sydney to enquire about repainting your home. 

Exposed wood rot 

When moisture seeps into the wood it encourages the growth of mould and dew, and it can also cause the wood to rot. It happens on exterior timber surfaces such as barge boards, fascia, finials, fretwork, timber doors and windows. Press on the wood with your thumb to test for wood rot. If the wood is soft or spongy beneath the paint, it is sure that you are dealing with wood rot. The affected wood should also be replaced before the surface is repainted. 

Looks dull or worn 

Timber surfaces such as doors and windows are subject to more use than other parts of your home exterior and can look dull or worn more quickly than other surfaces. As a rule, these timber surfaces on your house should be painted every three to five years to keep your paint looking fresh and maintaining its lustre. 

If your home’s exterior is showing any of these signs, it is time to contact Colour Life Painting, residential painters in Sydney for painting your house. 

The author is an experienced painter in Sydney who provides quality painting services. Along with a team of professionals, he offers professional guidance in choice of products and colours. Visit for more details.

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