Painting your home’s exterior is one basic way of maintaining its appearance. Compared to interior painting, painting the outside of a house requires a bit more specialist skills. A fresh new coat of paint can make a huge difference, which is especially relevant if you are planning to sell your home anytime soon. A fine paint job will keep your home looking sharp by giving off a positive impression of the home’s condition, which in turn can increase the value of your property.
When it comes to actually doing the paint job is a whole different story, especially in this Texas heat. It can be very easy to ruin the exterior of your home with a sloppy paint job, which is even easier to do when the temperatures outside are far from ideal. The appropriate conditions for painting are easily overlooked, which, if you didn’t already know, is 70°F with a 50% humidity rate.
Here’s a brief overview of T&Z handyman services’ two cents on what you need to know about painting in the heat.
Exterior painting problems
Some issues that may come into play when working in horrendously hot conditions are typically linked to humidity. For example, stucco gaps and cracks on the surface of your wall can expand, which may result in uneven paint marks. Additionally, when the paint dries too fast because of high temperatures, paint bubbles and wrinkles are more likely to occur.
Not only is the wall exterior affected by the heat, but the painter is also likely to experience high discomfort or dehydration from working directly under the sun for an extended period of time!
How should exterior painting be performed?
I’m sure now you’re probably thinking maybe exterior painting should just be avoided all together. Well, luckily, if you can find a way to follow these best practices for painting your home, you’ll be good to go. Alternatively, you can always call our handyman services to get the job done right.
Paint your home exterior in the right weather conditions, as we mentioned earlier. Ideally, you should only paint when the temperature’s between 60-85° F.
Another weather-related note: avoid painting on days when the temperature falls below 50° F. This is because latex paints require a sufficient amount of heat to form a protective coating, which will not happen if it’s too cold outside.
Really take the time to prepare the surface. Taking shortcuts to speed up the prepping process will only increase your chances of encountering more problems.
Make sure to purchase quality paint specifically made for outside painting.
Don’t forget to purchase brushes and rollers! You also want to make sure they are long enough to reach those high areas of the wall.
Once again, don’t hesitate to call our handy services for professional help, and good luck!