If you’re looking to revamp the exterior of your home you may be surprised to learn that there are seasons that are better suited for this task. So before you break out the paint brushes on the next beautifully sunny day, perhaps take a moment to consider the following recommendations.
Let’s paint the picture: it’s a beautiful day outside. Thirty degrees and a cool breeze has been blowing those pesky leaves out of your gutters all morning. It’s the first beautiful day after a week of rain and they don’t predict showers again until tomorrow afternoon. Finally! It’s time to paint. Or is it?
Rain, Rain, you went away!
One problem with the above scenario is rain. You may be thinking: but it’s a clear day? It is now. Yesterday it wasn’t. Much like your poor washing that copped a beating on the clothes line during that week of rain, the exterior of your house will need some time to dry too. It may feel dry to touch, but that doesn’t mean that it is. You want to make sure that the surface you intend to apply your paint to is in optimum condition. This may require waiting a few days after the rain has passed to ensure you achieve the best result for your exterior. You don’t want to waste all that effort!
Rain, Rain, you came back!
The second problem with the above scenario is, again, rain. This time, it’s on the horizon. While we all know that weather predictions can be unreliable and it’s always a risk you take with any type of renovations but if you know there’s a good chance it’s going to happen, don’t take the risk. Make sure your paint has the best chance to dry properly before the next expected bout of rainfall.
Too Hot or Too Cold?
The ideal temperature for painting your exterior is between 10 and 25 degrees. High temperatures mean that the paint may dry too quickly leaving unseemly brush stroke marks and possible clumping. You also don’t want a particularly humid or cold day as it makes it harder for the paint to dry.
A strong rustle of the trees…
If you see the leaves outside blowing around the yard, it is probably a good indication that it may be too windy to paint. While a gentle breeze can be nice when you’re working in the yard, you want to make sure that the wind won’t wreak havoc with your freshly painted home. The last thing you want is the wind picking up dust and dirt and blowing it directly onto wet paint. You want a clean finish as much as possible and drying half the garden in your paintwork isn’t going to achieve that look. So it’s best to check ahead for the day on your weather app to ensure you aren’t expecting any kind of gale-force winds any time soon.
If the weather outside isn’t conducive to painting your exterior, you may decide the move the activity indoors. You’ll be glad to hear that there are very little restrictions to indoor painting. It’s an all year round activity so feel free to continue your renovations inside while you wait for the outside to become an available canvas.