Winter Home Painting Tips
If you’re considering painting your home—either the interior or exterior—it’s important to be prepared for the elements. Every season has its perks and pitfalls, but for the most part, you can paint most of the year, with a few caveats. We’ve put together a list of helpful tips if you’re planning on getting your home painted during the colder months.
1) If you’re painting the exterior, you may need special paint.
If you’re waiting until November or so to get the project done, temperatures may very well dip below 35 degrees. Some paint technologies allow for paint to be used during these cold months, but you should avoid starting a paint job if the temperature is below 35. As for painting when it’s above 35, you’ll want to check with your paint supplier or the company you hire to ensure that the best available paint will be used for optimal adherence to your home. In other words, if you were hoping to plan an exterior paint job for this year, the ship has likely sailed.
2) You may end up spending more.
If you’re on a tight budget, it’s important to be aware that painting your home’s interior during the winter can end up costing you more than if you do it during more temperate seasons. It’s not that you’ll need more paint or additional supplies, but the fact that you’ll be keeping windows open for ventilation means your heater will have to work harder to keep your home comfortable, which can have an impact on your utility bill.
3) If you do paint outside, make sure humidity isn’t thwarting your efforts.
Don’t forget that the paint drying process doesn’t stop when the painters go home. Be sure to check the weather reports to make sure that it won’t rain, and if you’re planning a paint job and it rains soon before the start date, make sure to wait at least one full day after a storm so that your home has a chance to dry completely. Be sure to touch the surface to check whether your home is still damp, and remember that it may be damp underneath the surface but dry to the touch, particularly if your home is made of a porous material like bare wood or masonry.
4) If you’re painting inside, use lower VOC paints.
With the numerous brands out there, paint is becoming safer and safer all the time. That said, it’s still not the same as breathing in regular air, and because colder temperatures means it’s less enjoyable to open the window for ventilation, it’s important that the company painting your home uses low-VOC paint so that the environment in your home isn’t toxic or dangerous.
Though painting your home’s exterior during the winter might not be the best time to do so, there’s nothing stopping you from painting the interior, and during the long brisk months, who couldn’t use a pick me up? Let yours be in the form of new colors on the walls. At Castino Painting and Home Services, we’re happy to help you with your painting project. Call us today for more information.