How Often Should You Paint the Interior of Your House?

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Although it seems like a fairly straightforward dilemma, deciding when to give your home’s interior a fresh coat of paint can be deceptively complicated. In order to crack the code of home painting frequency, you must first consider the structural components of your house itself as well as the make-up and lifestyle of its occupants.

Different Families Have Different Painting Needs

When it comes to deciding whether to paint your house, the people who live inside it can make a big difference. In short, some people subject their homes to a great deal of wear and tear, while others do not.

Do you have kids? Well, they tend to be quite hard on walls when compared to highly functional adults. Take your kid’s bedroom for example. While the bedroom of an adult may need painting once every five to seven years, the bedroom of a highly active child may need painting once every two years or even more frequently.

Owning one or more pets can also dramatically increase your overall painting needs. This is especially true when you have a particularly big or particularly destructive animal that spends a great deal of time inside.

Different Surfaces Have Different Painting Needs

Just as families have varied levels of activity, so do the various rooms of your home. Areas that see very little physical movement and strenuous action require less frequent painting than those that do not.

For this reason, rooms (such as living rooms and dining rooms) that are seldom used or primarily used for relaxation can go five to seven years between fresh coats of paint, while rooms (such as kitchens and bathrooms) that constantly bustle with physical activity typically require repainting every three to four years. Kitchen and bathroom walls also generally suffer from water damage which precipitates the need for painting.

Different interior surfaces also have different painting needs. Punished baseboards should get paint every couple of years while ceilings should get paint once a decade.

Do You Have Any Questions?

If you live in Rhode Island and want more information about painting the interior of your home, contact us today at 401-742-2237. A trained professional is waiting to answer whatever questions you might have about your various interior surfaces and how often they might need a fresh coat of paint.

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