When is the Best Time to Paint Your Home?
Many homeowners want to know both when and how often they should paint their house. While there isn’t a time when it’s truly impossible to paint a house, there are certainly periods of the year that make for optimal painting conditions. If you’re looking for results that will stand the test of time, here’s a deeper look into the best time to paint your home.
Before tackling the proper time to paint, it’s important to know more about the paint you’re working with. Exterior paints, usually latex or oil-based, require a minimum and maximum temperature range: 40-90 degrees Fahrenheit for oil-base, and 50-85 degrees for latex. Within these ranges, paints will dry and set properly. Ideally, the perfect temperature range is around 65 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. With temperatures in that range, painters can work all day. But when the temperatures start climbing into the 90s and 100s, as they do on many hot Texas summer days, painters tend to work earlier in the morning and call it a day by noontime or shortly thereafter.
What Happens When You Paint Your House When It’s Too Cold?
If coats of paint get too cold (usually overnight), the paint won’t produce a solid film. There’s a chemical process that paint goes through as it dries, helping it to resist cracking and provide long-lasting coverage. This may result in the need for repeated painting jobs, which you ideally don’t want due to the costs. Additionally, painting your house when it’s too cold can result in mildew or staining on the surface.
What Happens When You Paint Your House When It’s Too Hot?
Painting your house when it’s too hot outside can cause the paint to dry too fast. This subsequently causes the paint to blister or bubble, which in a short amount of time will cause the paint to peel or flake off. This is a cosmetic problem for your house, as well as a headache for the painter. If paint quickly dries in temperatures over 90 degrees Fahrenheit, it can cause a flashing problem on the surface as wet paint touches hot and dry paint. Painters will typically select one or two boards that they can horizontally paint rather quickly instead of bigger vertical sections in order to avoid this problem, but nonetheless, it’s still better to paint when the temperatures are just right.
Spring and Fall: The Best Time to Paint
High humidity levels in the dead of a Texas summer can cause condensation on latex and acrylic paints. The paints are exposed to higher amounts of water vapor in extreme humidity; therefore, when it comes to outdoor projects like painting a house, it’s better to have your house painted when the humidity levels in late spring and early fall are not a factor.
American Hill Country Painting and Remodeling is proud to bring their expertise to the San Antonio area. Whether you’re curious about the best time to paint your home or any other aspect of painting and remodeling, we’re the experts you can trust. Contact us today, and ask about getting a free estimate for your next project!