Typically, exterior painting in the winter is considered a no-no. Factors like temperature and moisture prolong the curing time and create other complications. This is why summer is often regarded as the ideal season for exterior painting. However, thanks in part to new innovations in paint manufacturing, it’s now more feasible than ever to renovate your home even during the winter months currently in full swing.
Painting in Cold Weather
At one time, it was recommended that exterior painting should be postponed when temperatures are 50 degrees Fahrenheit or below. Due to improvement in paint quality in recent years, paint is able to maintain its quality and dry reasonably quickly even under frigid temperatures. Most paint can be applied in temps as low as 35 degrees. Seattle has an average low of 36 degrees during January and February, so it’s just above the cutoff point.
Moisture During Winter
Paint should only be applied to dried surfaces. Factors like humidity can extend the drying time. All painting should be postponed for at least 24 hours after a hard rain due to the moisture that remains in the air. In addition, if the exterior surface consists of porous material like wood and masonry, then the drying time will need to be extended.
Hand Over the Winter Painting to Us
Exterior painting during the cold months is not ideal, but it’s not impossible. More precaution, though, does need to be taken. In most cases, it can be done, but if a crew assessment concludes that it’s better to wait, then it may be better to tackle interior painting projects during this time if you have any planned. We have many tips for interior painting that amplify the ambiance of your home.
If you’re contemplating exterior painting for the winter, then contact JA Seekins Painting to have a highly skilled professional from our team assess your home and weather patterns to make a determination.
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Edited by Justin Vorhees