How To Pick The Best Time To Paint Your Home

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If you're planning to paint the exterior of your home this year, you should pick the best time of year when the temperature and humidity are just right. By painting during the best weather conditions, you can avoid problems with flaking and peeling paint later on. There's no universal best season for painting since it depends entirely upon your local climate and weather conditions. Here are some things to take into account.

Follow Recommended Temperature Range

Each paint manufacturer has a recommended temperature range for applying their paint products. The range varies among different types of paint. If you live in a cold climate, you probably won't be able to paint during the winter months. Even if it is warm enough during the day, the temperatures may drop too low at night and that will interfere with the paint curing properly. Autumn might be a good time since the weather is cool and enjoyable for working outdoors, but the temperatures aren't too cold yet. Just be sure to check your local weather forecast before you start the job, so you can postpone it if cold temperatures are expected.

Another concern with temperatures and exterior painting is a rapid fluctuation in temperatures within the span of a day. This could happen in some climates during the summer when temperatures soar during the day and drop significantly when the sun goes down. Try to pick a time in your area where there isn't a wide fluctuation in temperatures between the day and night. Spring and fall could be your best options.

Avoid Rain And High Humidity

In addition to keeping an eye on the temperature, you'll have to watch for moisture on your home too. Whether it's from rain or condensation, a wet surface is not compatible with painting. Your home has to be thoroughly dry. Keep in mind that wood can hold onto moisture internally, even if you can't feel it when you run your hand across the surface. For that reason, you should avoid painting for a day or so after it rains. Also, you don't want to start painting too early. It's best to wait until the sun has had a chance to dry off the dew. Because spring and summer are usually the rainy months, if you can plan far enough ahead, you may want to wait and paint your home during the fall when you can more accurately predict when there will be a few days without rain.

You'll only run into these concerns when you paint the exterior of your home. You can paint the interior any time of year in all kinds of weather conditions since your home is climate controlled. Although you may be tempted to go ahead and paint because you've taken time off from work, it's risky to forge ahead if the weather conditions aren't just right. The paint job may not last as long as it should, and if it starts flaking off, you'll have to do the job over again.

For professional painting services, contact a company such as Mylroie Painting Inc.

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