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As much as we hate to admit it, every neighborhood has one.  That house that practically looks abandoned, the one with the peeling paint or faded siding that really looks neglected.  Why is it in such a state and what can be done to make it look awesome again.

How do you know when is the right time to paint or replace any of the wood siding, or any of the wood around the window or door frames.  The maintenance of your exterior windows and doors  should be done in spring or fall on an annual basis.  Checking regularly gives you the opportunity to know whether they need just a touch up or if they need complete repainting.  A thorough check will ensure you have a good seal of caulking to prevent any water damage that would promote the rotting of wood or the build up of mold.

Giving your home the best TLC, and ensuring its maintenance and upkeep is one of the reasons why you should paint along with helping to delay any full replacement of the wood siding or framing.

Here we will break down tips and advice as to when you would need to repaint or replace any exterior wood around your home.exterior painting in Ottawa,Ontario,Canada

When to Repaint or Replace Exterior Wood

Wood siding on the exterior of a home is at its most beautiful when installed.  Over time and the constant exposure to the outside elements like sun, heat, snow, ice and rain the paint or stain on the wood may begin to fade, peel or crack.  If the exterior paint is cracking and flaking a good repainting job with best quality paints will help restore its beauty and maintain its lustre for at least 3 to 5 years before requiring any repainting.

The frequency of how often the exterior should be painted depends on many factors.  Environmental elements causing paint colours to fade, paint peeling to cracking or flaking paint are just a few of the reasons exterior home painting helps maintain the curb appeal and provides your homes exterior optimal protection from extreme heat, sun, snow and ice and frigid temperatures.

Maintaining wood with good quality paints and or stains will ensure it looks its best for at least 3 to 5 years before needing a complete repainting.


You can repaint any of the wood siding, or wood around the windows and doors of the exterior of your home every 3 to 5 years to keep it looking its best.  If the wood is free from rot or insect damage, repainting it or restaining it is a better alternative than having to replace it entirely.


If water has made its way through because of poor sealing around the windows and doors replace any of the affected wood before painting it.   Leaving it there will only create further problems that will lead you to having more water damage that could lead into mold issues or structural issues.rotted exterior wood replaced before painting
In the picture above you can see that years of rot damage due to the environmental elements destroy the wood to a window frame.  The damaged wood was removed and replaced.
exterior window frame replaced before painting
In this photo above you can see that the rotted wood around the window frame was removed and replaced with new exterior wood before painting.  All openings around the window frame were then properly sealed with exterior caulking.

Should You Paint or Replace Exterior Wood

If you are feeling uncertain about whether you need to replace or simply repaint the exterior wood of your home, seek the advice of the best rated painters in Ottawa who can help bring the WOW and lustre back to your home.

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Tips for Exterior Siding

Not every Ottawa home is wrapped in wood siding.  Our neighborhoods are made up of a variety of exteriors.  From aluminum to vinyl siding, brick to stucco, each home has its unique look.

If you have exterior siding other than wood here are a few additional tips for knowing if you need to repaint or replace.

Vinyl Siding was first introduced in the late 1950’s.  It was an alternative to aluminum siding and promoted as a more maintenance free option.  Vinyl siding will fade over the years and can be painted with vinyl safe paints that are specifically formulated to help extend the maintenance and look of your home.

Aluminum Siding was produced to replace wood in the 1940’s.  It too just like vinyl was introduced as a more maintenance free solution to wood siding which requires more upkeep.  It is known to last for at least 20 years or more but the wear and tear of the environmental elements will show the fading of its original colour.  Painting aluminum siding can revive the look once again and help it look beautiful, but its best left to the professionals as it is extensive work.

Brick Exterior – can be painted over in any colour, ask the experts at your local paint store for the best recommendation they have on painting over exterior brick.

Stucco Exterior – is the latest trend in the Ottawa area.  Many homes have updated the look by ridding their homes of vinyl or aluminum siding and covering it in a stucco finish.  Stucco is a surface that can be painted with exterior paint.  Most often stucco will last a very long time, and you might just want to change the paint colour for a new look but not because its got extensive damage.

If you are not quite ready or in need of painting the entire exterior an easy way to give your home a new look is to paint a new colour on the garage doors, or the front door along with the trim.  Using 3 paint colours can really add value and curb appeal to any homes exterior. Check out the paint colours on some of our exterior painting projects in the Ottawa area.

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This post was originally published Jul 08, 2016 and edited on June 21, 2020