When Should You Paint the Outside of Your House?

The exterior of your home is the first thing others in your neighborhood notice about your property. Peeling and faded paint isn’t a good look. A fresh coat of paint is one way to transform your home and boost your property value instantly. 

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However, you can’t apply new paint just whenever you desire. Here are a few things to take into consideration before you begin painting the outside of your house. And, get this: all of these items are…WEATHER-RELATED. Weren’t expecting THAT, were you? Read on!

The Humidity Level

Anyone living in our area of Central Florida (or in other damp spots of the globe like the UK) knows wet days come with the territory. However, before you paint, you need to make sure it’s not too humid. Paint starts as a liquid before it dries, and it will remain a liquid if it’s also wet outside. If you want your freshly-painted house to dry quickly and without any issues, you should wait until the weather is dry.

Depending on where you are in the world, some winters often bring plenty of snow and rain – it’s best to put off a painting project until the spring. Check the weather a few days before you begin, and reschedule if you see rain in the forecast. If it does rain, you’ll want to wait until a breeze or heat dries out your home’s exterior. For this reason, spring and autumn make ideal painting seasons.

The Temperature

Many people think painting should be reserved for hot days. While it won’t take as long for paint to dry to the touch on a scorching summer day, heat does pose some other problems. The hotter the temperature, the faster you’ll need to paint. Otherwise, your paint layers will dry before you have enough time to remove any streaks or drips.

On the other hand, you also don’t want to paint during the middle of a harsh winter! Many paints become semi-solid at freezing temperatures. If you don’t stir your paint adequately enough, you may end up with an unattractive film. Homeowners who cannot avoid painting on a cold day should store their paint container in a bucket filled with hot water. But, it may be best to wait until temperatures are mild—most often during the spring or autumn.

The Ideal Conditions

Most experts at Your Job Cost (or any painting company, for that matter) prefer painting on an overcast day. When it’s a bit cloudy out, you don’t have to worry about your paint changing textures or drying too quickly. Furthermore, there is a lower chance of high winds and direct sunlight, both of which can negatively affect your outcome.

Choose a painting day when it’s between 12-35 degrees Celsius outside, and aim for low humidity. Summer and winter are not ideal, so try to schedule your painting day during the spring or autumn.

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