Paint is an affordable product that you can use to refresh, revive or renovate items like walls, furniture and many other objects. These coatings also help preserve items so they last longer because the coat of paint acts as a shield that protects from elements like moisture, rust, wind, scratches and UV rays.
But how long does a coat of paint last and when is it time to refresh your coat of paint so your belongings will stay in good shape? In this guide, we discuss how long paint coats typically last so you will know when it is time for a fresh coat.
Some walls inside your home might need a fresh coat of paint a lot sooner than other rooms. Certain paints also last a lot longer compared to other paint types. Here is a quick look at when to repaint different room types.
Living room & dining room
These rooms should be repainted every 5 – 7 years if you use a quality paint brand or if you repaint with enamel-based paint types. For lower quality paints and water-based paints, you might want to apply a fresh coat every 3 – 5 years.
Kitchen and bathroom
These rooms endure a lot of splatters, messy fingers on walls and high humidity levels. Professional painters usually use highly durable gloss paints on trims and satin paints on the walls of these rooms to ensure good functionality. But you can still expect to repaint every 3 – 4 years to keep your paint layer in good condition.
Children can put quite a bit of strain on wall paint. Messy fingers and creative crayon crafts against the walls are almost daily occurrences if you have children. With little ones, you can expect to repaint your walls every 2 – 3 years. If there aren’t kids living in the rooms, your paint coat can last a lot longer and you could repaint every 3 – 5 years.
Hallways endure a lot more traffic than other rooms. These walls get a lot more scuff marks and other signs of wear as you move furniture about the house or carry items through the hallway. Most people prefer to repaint hallways every 2 – 3 years.
Ceilings will develop yellow spots over time due to moisture, sunlight and daily wear and tear. But because you hardly ever touch the ceiling, these paint surfaces typically last up to 10 years if quality paint was applied by a professional.
The type and the type of paint you use can have an impact on the lifespan of the paint coat. Here is a quick look at how long paint typically lasts on different surfaces.
Wood sidings – Every 3 to 7 years
Aluminium sidings – Every 5 years
Stucco – Every 5 – 6 years
Fibreboard materials – Every 10 – 15 years
Brick walls – Every 15 – 20 years if painted
Rooftops ensure a lot of direct UV light, hail, rain and wear from tree branches. For this reason, professional painters always use a very specific roofing paint that is UV resistant. It is usually recommended to repaint every 10 – 15 years. But in extreme temperatures or if you see the coating break down, you should follow up with a fresh coat more often.
Chalkboards have become very popular in homes with little ones and in many kitchens. If these boards are used often, they should be repainted every 6 months. But for chalk walls that are not used quite as often, you can freshen up the coat every 1 to 2 years.
Is it time to give your walls or roof a new coat? If you use professionals from CP Painting, your paint coatings will last a lot longer and you will get a much smoother and better-looking paint result.