5 signs that it’s time to paint your wooden façade

The exterior is the first part of your home that people see, so maintaining it is an important task that shouldn't be neglected.

Wood is a natural material that’s vulnerable to weather, moisture, and UV rays, and this can lead to degradation and decay over time. So, it’s important to ensure that your wooden façade is well-protected, and painting it is one of the most effective ways to do that.

Remember: washing your exterior wall before painting can help to remove any dirt or debris that may be present.

Exterior house painting is a cost-effective and time-efficient way of making your home exterior look appealing and can even have a positive effect on the value of your home in certain circumstances. But when is it time to paint your wooden façade? What signs do you need to look out for?

If you’ve been thinking about house maintenance painting, here are five of the most common signs that it may be time. 

1. Your wooden façade’s paint is peeling, chipping, or flaking

One of the clearest signs that it's time to paint your wooden façade is when your paint starts to peel, chip, or flake off. This can happen when the paint is old, or when it hasn't been applied properly. When you notice peeling, chipping, or flaking, it's time to repaint.

If your paint comes off on its own or comes off easily when tested and brushed with a wire brush, the paint job will take much more work. Likewise, your paint job will be much bigger if your paint is already in bad condition, so it’s a good idea to keep your paint in the best condition for the longest time.

In other word, when you see the first signs of paint peeling, chipping, or flaking, it’s time to repaint your wooden façade.


2. Surface mould has started to accumulate

Mould can start to accumulate on the surface of your wooden façade, especially if your house is near a forested area. When this happens, it can be a sign that it's time to repaint.

If mould has started to tarnish your wooden façade, at the very least it’s time to remove the mould. A mould remover such as Homeenpoisto is easy to apply and gets your façade looking fresh again. Sometimes, this can be so effective that there’s no need to repaint after all.

Other times, however, paint is the only way to go. Mould remover prepares wooden facades to be painted, but remember to rinse them with water and let them dry first before applying a coat of paint.

Cleans mold effectively


Mechanically brushing the Homeenpoisto solution on the surface removes mold and algae more effectively.

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3. The gloss of the paint has faded

One of the primary indicators that it's time to paint your wooden façade is when the gloss of the paint fades. When the paint loses its lustre, it's a sign that the protective layer has weakened, leaving the surface of the wood exposed to impurities.

When your paint’s gloss has faded, the surface of the wood underneath becomes more receptive to impurities such as surface mould. If the gloss and colour fade or change, it's a sign to paint the surface, especially if your wooden façade makes use of dark shades and you live in a place that gets a lot of sunshine. 



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4. You’ve simply been feeling like you want to change the colour

One of the most common signs that it's time to paint your wooden façade is simply the desire for a change in colour. Perhaps you're tired of the same old look of your home's exterior and are looking to give it a fresh new appearance. Painting your wooden façade is an excellent way to do this, and it can completely transform the look of your home.

Colour trends and styles change over time, and sometimes changing colours can lead to a significant improvement in your home's overall appearance. Be sure, however, to take the time to do some research and choose the right colour. High-quality paints like Tikkurila's are designed to withstand the elements and will provide long-lasting results. 

5. It's been a while since you last painted

Repainting your wooden façade is a crucial part of house maintenance and should be done every 7-10 years, depending on where you live, the condition of your paint, and the quality of your old façade painting job. Repainting not only enhances the appearance of your home but also extends the lifespan of such an important part of it. 

Taking good care of your home’s wooden façade is important for both practical and aesthetic reasons. Even if you have surfaces aren’t in the best condition, wooden house painting can significantly extend their lifespan.

Keep an eye out for these signs and add a fresh lick of paint when it’s time, and you can continue to make your house a place that you love to call your home. 

Need help choosing the right colour for your house painting?

When choosing a house colour, you commit for many years to come. Read Tikkurila's colour expert's tips for selecting colour for your house.

Painting instructions for house painting

Find all our instructions for painting wooden facades. 


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