New Years Resolutions:

#1: Repaint the Exterior of the House

We hope that your list of New Years resolutions starts off this way – or at least something similar! But, the bad news is in the middle of January is probably not the best time to cross exterior house painting off your list of things to do. (We will temporarily ignore that this week in Woodstock, GA it is 60-70 degrees and absolutely beautiful.) Winter weather conditions can severely affect the paint not only when you are trying to apply it to your house, but also the way it dries and its adhesion to your siding.

Weather Factors That Affect Exterior Painting

The most obvious problem that weather can present for exterior house painting is of course precipitation. A house that has wet siding cannot be painted and you certainly cannot paint while it is raining or snowing. Humidity is also a deciding factor in optimal painting conditions. If the humidity is too high – above 70% – the evaporation of water from latex paint will be suppressed and the paint will not dry properly. Temperature is a major factor when it comes to applying exterior house paint. Even though it is 70 degrees outside, if you paint an area that has been in the sun all day, the siding could rise to temperatures in excess of 130 degrees. Most paint works best between 50 and 70 degrees. To ensure the proper temperatures of the siding, the house can be painted in strategic sections, working on the west side of your home first thing in the morning to avoid afternoon heat.

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What Happens to Paint Applied in the Wrong Conditions

If your house gets painted under these improper conditions, you have pretty much just wasted your time and money. Paint that is not given the proper time to cure can blister and swell when it gets wet in the rain or affected by high humidity. If paint is applied when the weather is too cold or too hot, it will not bond properly to the surface and will be likely to crack and peel upon drying.

Best Time to Paint the Exterior of your Home in Georgia

Weekends like the one we have coming up – with temperatures in the low 70s and no rain in the forecast – are the perfect kind of days to paint the exterior of your house. Typically the recommended time to get your house painted in our region is in the end of winter, going into spring. This is typically when we have the mildest weather with the lowest humidity.

If applying a new layer of exterior house paint is on your list of things to do this year, go ahead and give Three Brothers Painting a call. We service the Woodstock, Kennesaw, and Marietta areas and we would love to schedule a meeting with you to get your home looking fresh for the New Year!

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