Whether you’re choosing siding for your new home, need replacement siding, or you’ve just noticed that your wood, or wood-like, siding is chipping and peeling, you might wonder when you need to repaint your siding. The time in between painting jobs will depend on what type of siding you have, but you should never need to paint siding more than once every three years.
Natural wood siding was once the favorite among homeowners, but it’s lost some popularity in recent years as more durable options have come on the market. Wood is very susceptible to the elements and can be worn down fairly easily. Because of this, it’s also one of the highest-maintenance types of siding you could choose, needing to be repainted once every three or four years.
Engineered wood siding looks and acts very similar to natural wood, but it comes with added durability, often lasting as long as 30 years. It also doesn’t need to be repainted as often as wood – every five to ten years should be plenty.
When you’re looking for siding that is virtually maintenance free, and that you might not even ever have to paint, fiber cement siding is the choice. Not only does this type of siding often come with a warranty of up to 50 years, but you also won’t need to repaint it for at least 15 years. This siding also comes with the added bonus of being termite-proof, and fire-resistant – although it still looks like real wood.
Choosing siding can be a big choice; and often once homeowners have made it, they’re happy not to think about siding for a long time to come. The amount of time you have to spend on your own siding could play a big part in your decision, so make sure you take projects involved with a certain type of siding, such as repainting, into consideration.