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When is it time to paint your house?

Painting the exterior of your home isn’t the type of job that can be done at any time in the year. After all, you’ve probably never seen anyone up on a ladder, painting away in the dead of winter. So why is it that exterior paint jobs seem to happen only in one part of the year? Hint: it’s not just because nobody wants to spend the day outside painting in the cold!

Best Weather to Paint Outside

In order for your paint job to turn out perfectly, the weather needs to cooperate. This is because how the paint dries is directly related to the temperature and conditions at the time of application.

Ideally, you want to choose a time that gives you warm, dry days. It’s also a good idea to look at the weather for the few days before and after your painting day. If it rains before you paint, your siding might need a couple of days to fully dry out before painting. The same goes for after the application—you want to make sure it’s not going to pour rain the day after when your paint is still curing.

You also want to be careful of big temperature fluctuations from day to night. If you’ve got perfect temperatures during the day, but then a sudden drop after the sun goes down, the paint will react and won’t cure properly. Again, this could leave you with a less than smooth surface, with cracking and peeling.

So, what is the ideal weather for exterior painting? Early summer and early fall usually offer up the best weather conditions, with minimal rain and minimal fluctuations in temperature from day to night. This will ensure the paint goes on smoothly and has the chance to dry and cure properly.

How Warm Should it be to Paint Outside?

We’ve mentioned that summer is an ideal time to get your exterior paint job done. While summer gives us reliably dry weather and usually doesn’t have a lot of rain, it also comes with extreme heat. When it’s too hot out, it could cause the paint to dry too quickly, which could leave you with a less than ideal finish. That means ugly brush marks and sometimes clumps of paint that have dried on the brush being deposited on the freshly painted surface. (Not to mention the fact that it’s not a great idea for anyone to be out painting in the extreme heat, under the blazing sun.)

It’s always best to aim for a day that’s not too hot. You’ll also want to pay attention to humidity levels as well. Paint will usually dry the best when it’s not overly humid. As we mentioned earlier, you’ll usually find the best temperatures during the early summer and early fall, depending on where you live. Stick to these times of the year, and you’ll probably end up with fantastic painting weather!

What Should You Avoid Doing?

  1. Don’t Paint When it’s Wet Outside!
  2. Avoid rainy days, and always make sure all the surfaces you’ll be painting are completely dry. This is essential if you want to end up with a perfectly even application.

  3. Don’t Paint Outside an Acceptable Temperature Range!
  4. You don’t want to try to paint outside in the middle of winter since it’s usually too cold for the paint to be able to dry and properly cure. Some days can be considered too hot for painting, since extreme heat can cause problems with how the paint dries as well. Remember to think about the temperature at night too, since your paint will still be drying and you want to make sure the conditions are ideal. Really, it depends on the specific type and brand of paint you’re using, since they’re all a little different. If you’re unsure about whether the conditions are appropriate for exterior painting, be sure to ask an expert. (Your painter or paint supplier can help you out.)

  5. Don’t Try to Paint Outside the Seasons
  6. If you live in a northern climate, you can sometimes keep going into fall, but most people don’t attempt to paint beyond November since it’s often too cold. Some southern areas are warm enough into early winter, so they can get away with painting much later into the year. Of course, when you decide to paint will largely depend on the climate where you live, but if you stick to these general guidelines, you’re sure to end up with a flawless finish.

Knowing When It Is Time to Repair

Planning for the next big home improvement project even after you’ve recently completed a renovation, is normal. With home design, there’s always another project to tackle, new technologies to integrate and color schemes to change. To better organize your home improvement goals and increase your odds of project success, consider the best times to complete the following common home improvements.

  1. January: Carpet Cleaning
  2. Winter creates a major mess both indoors and outdoors. Thanks to the harsh elements, carpeted floors hold significant amounts of grime throughout the snowy season. While it may seem more traditional to wait until Spring for deep cleaning, this leaves ample time for stains to settle and become difficult to remove. Plus, proactively eradicating bacteria and germs is good for you and your family’s health, especially during the months when more time is spent indoors. Have your carpets cleaned in January when it matters most.

  3. February: Wall Painting
  4. If you own a home in MA or another cold climate, tackling indoor projects while temperatures are low saves time for outdoor improvements when warmer weather arrives. In months like February, you’re more likely to get a better price on professional home painting than you would in the spring or summer. In addition, the cold air helps cure the paint, so make sure you crack a window for ventilation and proper drying.

  5. March: Gutter Cleaning
  6. Clogged gutters lead to moisture accumulation in less-visited areas of your home such as basements and crawl spaces. If the issue isn’t resolved, water build-up may damage the foundation and create costly repairs. It’s best to clean out the gutters before springtime heavy rain commences, and March is right in between the seasonal shifts.

  7. April: Flooring
  8. Refinishing hardwood floors is not something you want to endure during the summer. Hot, humid temperatures may cure the finish too quickly and cause the sheen to dry improperly, resulting in an uneven or glossy finish. Upgrade your home’s flooring in April when the weather is mild enough as to not interfere with the final result.

  9. May: Refrigerator Upgrade
  10. Appliance sales are common in autumn, except when it comes to refrigerators. New refrigerator inventory is usually released in May, which means older models receive generous markdowns. Discounts aside, you can also save on your utility bill by opting for Energy Star appliances that use fewer resources to run your home.

  11. June: Exterior Refresh
  12. Once the rain subsides and summer begins in June, it’s best to power wash your home’s exterior and clean the windows. Power washers use substantial force, so make sure to test them out on a small area to avoid damaging exterior paint. Don’t forget to check caulking and weather-stripping or you’ll wind up with major messes indoors. We found some helpful tips at Lowe’s regarding proper pressure washing.

  13. July: Lawn Care
  14. July marks the beginning of peak summer temperatures. Fertilizing your lawn so it has the necessary nutrients to survive the rest of the season is imperative. This also helps curb the number of weeds you’ll need to pull down the road. It is best to complete lawn fertilization between four to six times per year.

  15. August: Home Painting
  16. Exterior paint performs best with few temperature changes between day and night, making August a prime time to get the job done. Track the time of day the sun hits each side of your home and plan to paint shady areas accordingly. Or, hire a professional to avoid the hassle and added equipment costs.

  17. September: New Windows
  18. September makes for a great time for window replacements. Temperatures (between 40 and 80 degrees) are mild enough for caulking to adhere. It’s never a bad idea to invest in new windows that detain your indoor heat and block cold breezes before winter begins.

  19. October: New Appliances
  20. Outside of refrigerators, other large appliances usually go on sale in October. New dishwashers, stoves and washing machines are released and discounts on older models start to appear. With the holidays approaching, some retailers may offer additional celebratory savings.

  21. November: Bathroom Overhaul
  22. You may be able to get a good discount from a contractor for a small remodeling project when winter begins and business is slower. In November, ask for estimates on your powder room or guest bath renovation, especially if you plan to swap out cabinetry or re-tile large surfaces.

  23. December: Outdoor Living
  24. Although most people aren’t spending much time outdoors in December, the final month of the year is a good time to invest in a new deck. Deck builders usually have less on their plate before the holidays and are more inclined to provide clients a discount. Plus, the cold and cloudy weather helps pressure-treated wood dry consistently and minimizes the odds of warping or cracking.

How Do You Know When It’s Time to Paint Your House

Taking care of your home, including keeping up on the maintenance of your painted interior and exterior walls, is one of the most important things you can do to keep its value up. Along with keeping your kitchen and bathrooms updated, a clean, maintained paint job looks inviting and put together. Quality paint also protects your home’s exterior against the elements. Repainting your exterior or interior is a great way to make a big impact in updating your home, but it’s also a smart investment.

So how do you know when it’s time to paint your house? Watch for these 6 signs.

The Paint Shows Signs of Wear

Peeling, bubbling, and cracking paint are signs that the paint wasn’t applied correctly in the first place or that the paint has succumbed to the elements. These signs may also mean you’re dealing with dry rot or mold. They shouldn’t be ignored, as they can lead to bigger problems down the road.

The Paint Is Fading

Fading paint makes a house look worn and tired. It’s time to repaint when the paint doesn’t have that same vibrant color it had when it was originally painted. Dark paints will fade quicker than lighter paints, so keep an eye out.

You’re Putting the House on the Market

First impressions only happen once. That’s why curb appeal is so important when you want to sell your house. Potential buyers will make split-second opinions about your house the moment they drive into your driveway. If the paint job is old, or was poorly done, they’ll notice — and that may affect their decision to place an offer or not. Likewise, the interior of your home needs to look fresh and taken care of. New paint can make your home look modern, clean, and inviting.

You’re Seeing Gaps or Shrinking

Do the boards on your home’s exterior look as if they’re shrinking? Do you see gaps between the boards? This is a sign of potential dry rot, meaning moisture could be getting into the wood. You’ll want a professional to assess the damage.

The Caulk Is Cracking

If the caulking on the exterior of your house is cracking or showing signs of being brittle, it has lost its elasticity and it’s time for an updated paint job.

The Right Amount of Time Has Passed

You don’t have to wait to see signs of paint failure before you paint. In fact, it’s better if you don’t. Just like you want to replace your roof before it’s caving in, repainting before you have huge issues will save you a headache or 12 — and it will keep your house in tip-top shape.

So how often does your house need to be painted?

  • Exteriors should be painted every 5 to 10 years. This timeframe depends on how well your house was painted the last time, the quality of paint that was used, the quality of the prep work that was done, and the surface of your exterior.
  • Wood surfaces need to be painted every 3 to 7 years.
  • Aluminum siding needs to be painted about every 5 years.
  • Stucco should be repainted every 5 to 6 years.

If you’re seeing any of the above signs, give Tinospaint a call. We use quality paint and expert prepping and painting techniques to ensure you get lasting results. Call us at (805) 937-9836, (978) 394-7349 or contact us online for a consultant.

How to choose a Painting Contractor

Choosing your painting contractor is not easy. Here are a few things to consider when hiring a painting contractor.

  1. Look for a contractor with a great reputation. Always make sure you hire a painter that’s reliable and that you can trust.
  2. A decent painting contractor should offer 100 percent customer satisfaction, as well. Tino’s Painting & Carpentry invites you to look at our reviews and testimonials and examples of our work, so that way you can hire us with confidence.
  3. Always ask if the painting company uses their own employees for the job which is preferred versus if they use subcontractors. Otherwise, how can the company truly be responsible for the quality of the work?
  4. Before hiring a painting contractor make sure they have full insurance including workman’s compensation, and be sure that they can provide a written warranty and also double check to see if their employees are background and drug checked. They are at Tino’s!

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