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How Often Do Interior Walls Need To Be Painted?

The question of how regularly residential houses need to be repainted comes to a lot for professional painters. However, the answer isn’t at all straightforward; in most cases it simply depends. As a homeowner, its your job to be mindful of the signs that may indicate that its time to get the paint brush out. This is particularly the case when it comes to wall painting, given that they are often exposed to various factors that can damage the paint. 

Let’s take a look at some of the factors that come into the equation.


A General Guideline

If you have your interior painted professionally by a high quality provider and take good care of the surface of the walls, the paint job can last 10+ years before requiring a repaint. Professionals will use the highest quality paints, applying them evenly and ensuring the surface is adequately primed before beginning work. In comparison, rushed DIY jobs where the painter may not know exactly what they are doing may only last one year or less before cracks start showing up. If you are going to be painting your own walls, do your research and get the right equipment, it can save you in the long run.

Of course, even if you or your painter does a perfect job, there are a lot of factors that may reduce the timeline, in some cases considerably so.


It Depends Which Room

It is common that homeowners repaint rooms separately, not only because it more manageable but also because the timelines for repainting is often very different. The paint on the walls in hallways and corridors, for instance, is subject to more wear and tear than some other parts of the house. It can be worth keeping an eye on these walls as they may need to be painted frequently; every 3 years for instance. When you compare this to bedroom, which isn’t used nearly as much, you may find that the painted surface looks the part for twice or three times as long.

Dining and living rooms are obviously always used quite a lot, although given that they are tightly filled spaces with a great deal of furniture, there is some argument to be made that they are protected to some extent. Further, repainting is often put off given that it’s a much bigger job to move furniture and redecorate with new colours (if applicable).

Sun Damage

This is actually a big factor when you’re talking about multiple years, although it’s not something you can easily protect against. Sun damage will inevitably fade the paint on your walls in places and rooms that are exposed to it throughout the day. This tends to happen slowly and gradually but can damage your walls quite considerably in some cases. It can be a good idea to get into the habit of making good use of your blinds or curtains during the summer months in particular.

Another reason to repaint is for purely aesthetic reasons; perhaps you decide that you want to change things up before you necessarily need to. Ten years is a long time after all and there are a lot of colour options out there! If you need more information or to organise for a quote, contact a Premier Painting today. We serve all areas of Sydney including paints in Alexandra.


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