There are a number of factors to consider before you paint the interior or exterior of your home. You need to make sure you prepare the surfaces properly and get all of the necessary tools. Once you have done all of the prep work, the only thing left to do is to get started with the process of painting. Unfortunately, there is one factor that has the potential to completely stall your paint project – despite all of your preparation – and that is weather. Learn how weather can impact both exterior and interior paint projects so you can plan accordingly.
On the exterior of your home
When it comes to painting the exterior of your home, you are at the mercy of the weather. The reality is that there are a number of weather conditions that simply will not allow you to continue with a planned painting project. The first – and most obvious – weather condition that is problematic is precipitation. If it is raining, hailing, snowing, or high humidity you cannot proceed with an exterior paint project. Too much moisture in the air will impact the paint’s ability to adhere to the surface and leave you with a splotchy finished product. Wind is also a potential issue when it comes to painting the exterior of your home. High winds can blow sand and other debris into your wet paint and cause it to look bad. The temperature is another weather-related issue you must contend with for an exterior paint job. All paint types have an ideal temperature range for painting. If it is too hot or too cold outside you risk the quality of your finished product by painting. Take a look at the recommended temperature range on any paint you plan to use before you start an exterior paint project. There is no way to get around the reality that painting outside will be impacted by the weather. Keep a close eye on the forecast and plan accordingly – but remember that you may have to be flexible on timing.
On the interior of your home
The interior of your home is not as vulnerable to the elements as the exterior of your home. However, it is still important to note the weather conditions outside because they can have an impact on when you should paint inside. The biggest factor to consider in relation to weather as you plan an interior paint project is precipitation. It can help the painting process for you to open windows around your home while painting. It can speed up drying time and allow any odors from the paint or cleaning supplies to dissipate quickly. If it is raining or snowing outside, the moisture in the air could have a negative impact on your interior paint if you open the windows. Choose a time when it’s not raining or snowing to paint the interior of your home so you can open the windows while you paint.
You cannot control the weather but you can try and plan your paint projects around it as much as possible. If there is a rainy season where you live, take that into consideration before you schedule a paint project. If the summer comes with swelteringly hot days, be sure and consider the temperature. Plan as much as possible with the information you have to avoid having your paint project postponed because of weather.