Paint is a cost-effective and simple way to refresh your home – and increase the value too. But how often should you repaint your interior walls? According to most experts, the time between repainting varies based on many factors, but in all cases, around 7 to 10 years (or sooner) is ideal. Here are some factors that might determine a more accurate guess of when you should repaint the interior of your home.
High traffic areas
Most likely, your hallways will need to be painted often. Hallways contain scuff marks, fingerprints, dents, stains, and worn corners. While you can wash your walls and do some simple repairs, eventually you will need to just repaint. As with any corridor in the home – entryways, stairwells, etc – they see a lot of wear and tear compared to other rooms.
Another area of high traffic in the home are kitchens and bathrooms. These are the busiest rooms of a house and may need repainting more often. In the kitchen, food stains, smoke stains, and grease stains may plague the walls. In the bathroom, issues of moisture and humidity may impact the surface paint. Because of these factors, bathrooms and kitchens may need to be repainted every 3-5 years.
It can be easy to overlook ceiling, baseboard, and trim paint jobs, but they shouldn’t be forgotten when considering an interior repaint. Grease splatters can cover the kitchen ceiling, the baseboards may be scuffed from little shoes, and window trim may be chipped or unprotected. A fresh coat of paint in these areas can really transform your interior.
Change of Taste
As with anything in life, our tastes and likes change. If you paint a room one color, a few years down the road you could have new furniture, a new child or family member living in the home, or all new décor. A new paint job is a solution to all of these changes, and depending on your lifestyle, every 3 – 5 years is another good estimate for when these could occur.
Bedrooms in particular may need repainting, especially for children. As children grow and change, so do their preferences and favorite colors. Another reason to repaint children’s rooms more often is because of how frequently they spend time there. The walls may be drawn on, shoes may scuff baseboards, sticky hands and fingers may damage the walls, and other activities may cause wear and tear.
Depending on where you live, the weather may have a significant factor in the wear and tear of the paint in your home. If you live near an ocean, the salty air may introduce salt exposure to your home interior. If there is an increased sun exposure, paint can fade, and the luster and shine on the walls, ceilings, baseboards, or window trim may be effected.
With Productive Painting Company a few cans of paint and our professional help can go a long way, and you’ll have a revived interior in no time! Whether you have a major renovation coming up, or simply had a change in taste, it’s amazing what a new paint job can do for you and your home. Contact us today and request a painting quote!