Fresh paint is a great way to enliven your decor. However, if you have flaking paint it will degrade the look and value of your good work. So what causes it and how can you avoid it?

A fresh coat of paint is one of the easiest ways to brighten up a home. However, when the paint starts peeling it will ruin the aesthetic. Correct application of paint and avoiding certain conditions will stop flaking paint from ruining your home.

Paint exposed to excess sun and weather will generally peel over a long period of time. However, if you’ve painted within the last few years, there may be cause for concern. It could be an indication of more serious maintenance issues in the home. These are some of the main causes of flaking paint so you can avoid or remedy. 

A Bad Paint Job 

If paint is peeling prematurely, it may be because you did a bad job of painting and the paint hasn’t bonded to the wall properly. There are a lot of mistakes that first time painters make, like not preparing the wall properly or using cheap brushes or paint. If you do a bad job, the paint will start to peel very quickly and you will have to do the job again. So make sure that you take your time with it and you do a good job. 


When people are looking for signs of termites, they usually look for small holes in any wooden fixtures. But many people don’t realize that flaking paint can be a sign of termites as well. If you notice that paint suddenly starts peeling in your home, call out a termite control company right away. There is a chance that termites could be burrowing through the wood underneath the paint and introducing moisture, which leads to bubbling and peeling. Hopefully, it’s not termites that are causing your problem, but you can’t take the risk so you should always get the house checked out. 


Damp problems are a very common cause of flaking paint. If there is excess moisture that settles onto the walls, the paint will quickly start to peel away. You are most likely to notice this in the kitchen or bathroom, but it can happen in any area of the home. If you suspect that you have a damp problem in your home, you should invest in a dehumidifier to manage it. If that doesn’t work, you may need to call a contractor to take a look. 

Corrosive Substances 

Corrosive substances can cause paint to break down and flake off over time. Many people make the mistake of using harsh cleaning chemicals on their walls and that causes their paint to start flaking off prematurely. If you have a family and your walls are often in need of a clean, you should invest in wipe clean paint. It’s more expensive, but it will stand up to regular cleaning without flaking off. You should also make sure to use gentle cleaning chemicals and try to avoid using anything that contains bleach on your walls. 

If you notice flaking paint, don’t just ignore it because it could be a sign of a more serious problem.