Ask the experts: How often should I paint?
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Apr 01, 2016  |  Vote 0    0

Ask the experts: How often should I paint?

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Tim Benger of Tim Benger Painting & Decorating Ltd. in Kanata, Ontario, has been asked quite a lot of painting-related questions during his nearly 40 years on the job. One of the most common is, “How often should I paint?”

According to Benger, in order to keep your home or business looking its best, exterior painting should be done every three to five years. The elements really do take their toll on exteriors quickly, and keeping to this schedule should help you prevent any major problems. With exteriors, dirt, mould and mildew must be kept at bay, so a regular maintenance schedule is best.

For interior spaces, you can stretch it out a bit longer, about every five to seven years. This is usually around the time when you’ll find a real accumulation of scuff marks, nicks and stains. It’s also typically the point when you’ll start to notice that your paint seems dull and no longer feels fresh.

Of course, this advice is meant as a guideline only. If more time happens to pass between maintenance painting and upkeep, it simply means a little more work may need to be done first in the repair and prepping or priming stages.

Using only the highest quality paint products will also enhance the longevity and durability of your walls. Benger works exclusively with Sherwin-Williams® — which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year — and Dulux™ paint products.

Benger has experience with several commercial and health care institutions, including an array of nursing homes and government buildings. He knows what’s required and what works best in these highly specific environments. He also has almost four decades’ worth of experience working in the high-tech industry.

His painters are certified and fully insured, and they follow the guidelines of the Canadian Paint Manufacturing Association.

To learn more about all the services available, please visit Tim Benger Painting & Decorating Ltd. at, call 613-293-8682 or send an email to

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