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CAN YOU PAINT YOUR HOME’S EXTERIOR DURING COLDER MONTHS?

Posted on Nov 9, 2020 9:00:00 AM by Eric Dokey

CAN YOU PAINT YOUR HOME’S EXTERIOR DURING COLDER MONTHS? | D&D Painting

If you missed the peak painting season of warmer weather, not to worry – in many cases, it may be possible to apply a fresh coat of paint to your home during colder months. Although many types of paint can only be used when it is 50 degrees or warmer, new advancements in technology have extended the temperature range within which certain paints can be applied. If you’re planning to paint your home’s exterior in colder months, there are a few things you should keep in mind…

Know Your Products

It’s important to fill cracks, caulk, and make other general repairs prior to priming and painting your home. Although it may seem ideal to do laborious outdoor work without the heat of the summer sun beating down on you, there are products (like caulk) that require a certain minimum temperature to work properly. If you live in a region that has extreme temperature drops, be sure that the products you’re using are qualified for the surface and surrounding air temperature you’ll be working in.

Different types of paint are rated for use at different temperatures, down to 35 degrees Fahrenheit. Make sure that you have chosen a paint that is rated for the current temperatures you’re dealing with; if you are in the middle of a cold snap, it’s best to wait for a few warmer days before getting started.

Use the Right Tools

Cooler weather can make paint thicken, so it’s important to choose the right brushes and rollers. Using a stiffer brush will help thicker paint go on consistently and be more manageable as you work. Consistency in application is important, and the proper tools can mean the difference between spots and streaks and a beautiful, sleek finish.

Plan Accordingly

Keeping a close eye on the temperature and forecast is crucial to successfully painting the exterior of your home during colder months. It’s also important to monitor the surface moisture and temperature of the actual structure itself; if the surface temperature is colder than the air because of wind and moisture factors, the paint may not properly adhere when applied. Make sure that there isn’t a cold snap coming too close on the heels of painting your home - even if the current air and surface temperatures are within range for the grade of paint you’ve chosen, the paint will need time to cure at or above the recommended temperature.

Preparation is best done in the mornings or late afternoons when the temperature is lower. Try to focus on painting during the midday hours, from about 10 am to 2 pm. Paint in the sun, which will warm the surface of the structure and help the paint to adhere better.

While it is definitely possible to paint the exterior of your home during colder months, it is vital that you pay close attention to the weather and other factors that will affect the quality and longevity of the paint job. If you’re hesitant to take on a project that requires such attention to detail and constant monitoring of variables like the weather, consider hiring a professional. Their knowledge and experience will ensure the job is done right the first time and that your investment will pay off in the long run.

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