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Should I Wait Until Summer to Paint My Home?

Posted on Mar 28, 2022 9:00:00 AM by Eric Dokey

shutterstock_588615938Whether you just bought a fixer upper or just want to bring new life to your current home, a new paint job can be just the thing to brighten up your living space. Painting the exterior can transform a house, upping the curb appeal and give off an appealing and inviting vibe. Similarly, re-painting the living room or even that tiny bathroom at the end of the hall can make a space feel roomier and comfortable. But picking the right time of year to start a paint job can have a big impact on the success of the overall durability and appearance of the final product. Springtime pulls you outdoors to spruce up the flowerbeds or to freshening up the deck. You may feel like freshening up your home as well but may be wondering, “Should I wait until summer to paint my home?” Depending on where in the states you live, this could be a great or terrible idea and the forecast should be greatly considered before you start painting.

Interior considerations

Weather conditions should be taken into consideration even for interior painting projects. Times of high humidity or freezing temperatures can affect drying time, leaving your paint job more susceptible to being touched or smudged. These weather conditions can also cause issues with the paint properly adhering to the surface, causing you to have to redo your paint job much earlier than you would like.

Controlling the humidity and temperature inside your home eliminates the risk of weather affecting painting. But if your home is in the middle of a remodel or other situation where you do not have an air conditioner to climate control your property, open windows or fans can help to reduce humidity. Always read the paint can for temperature requirements before starting a paint job.

Best weather for exterior painting

The best weather for painting the exterior of your home can certainly be in summer. If the region where you live has milder to warm, dry summer days, knocking out your paint project during the summer months is absolutely ideal. Painting in direct sun is not comfortable and can cause uneven drying that is visible in your final product. If you must paint in direct sun, morning sun is much more enjoyable and easier on the paint job than hot afternoon sun.

Conditions to avoid

It goes without saying to never ever paint when it is raining or when your exterior surface is wet or damp. The paint will be trapped in the moisture. When the temperature rises, the water begins to evaporate. This can quickly cause all kinds of trouble for your paint job, even having the paint peel off in big patches. Humidity can cause the same issues but you may be less aware of how much moisture is actually in the air.

Extreme heat can cause your equipment to get gunked up with quick drying paint as well as causing lap marks in the paint job as paint dries immediately. If you can not touch the surface you are painting for longer than a few seconds, it is probably too hot to paint. Always read the ideal temperature requirements on the paint product you are using for best results.

Temperatures below 40 degrees can also affect the dry time of an exterior paint job. Temperatures should never dip below freezing while you are painting and for several days afterward, which can cause paint to not stick to the surface.

Hiring a professional residential painting contractor will alleviate all of these weather concerns so you can sit back and watch your home transform into a fresh new living space.

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