Painting the outside of your home isn’t the kind of project that can be done any time of the year. How many times have you seen someone up on a ladder, painting away in the middle of winter? Exactly why is it that external surfaces can only be painted certain times of the year? Hint: It isn’t because nobody wishes to spend the day outside painting in the freezing cold.
For your paint project to turn out flawless, the elements would need to cooperate. The reason being, the way the paint dries is directly connected to the temperature and weather conditions during application.
Preferably, you should opt for a period that offers you warm, dry days. It’s also a smart option to consider the weather for the days before and after your paint project. In the event it rains prior to painting, your siding will require a few days to dry before painting. The same applies to after the application. You’ll need to sure it’s not going to storm the next day when your paint is still curing.
You should also be cautious about massive temperature variances from day to night. If you’ve got great temperatures throughout the day, but a rapid drop in temperature at night, the paint will react and won’t cure thoroughly. Again, this might leave you with a much less smooth surface, and even cause cracking or peeling.
When should you paint your home’s exterior?
Summer, early autumn and late spring typically provide the ideal weather conditions, with minimum rain and fluctuations in temperature between day and night. This will ensure that the paint covers the surface thoroughly and has the opportunity to dry and cure properly.
Even though summer offers us reliably dry weather and in most cases doesn’t have a lot of rain, it also features severe heat. It’s advisable to aim for a day that isn’t too hot. You should also take note of humidity levels. Paint will generally dry best when it’s not excessively humid.
If it’s too hot outside, it might result in the paint drying too rapidly, which can often leave you with a less than perfect finish. This means unsightly brush marks and quite often lumps of paint which have dried on the brush getting stuck on the freshly painted surface.
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