If you are thinking about painting your home’s exterior, you might be waiting for summer, like many people do. However, early fall is really the best time to get it done, so if you do it now, you will not only have a better-looking house sooner, but you will get better results with less effort. Whether you hire residential painting services in Alpharetta or do all the painting yourself, here are some things we think you should know when deciding when to get your house painted.
The most obvious reason for painting in the fall instead of the summer is that the lower heat will make it easier for you or your hired paint contractors in Alpharetta to do the job. If you’re not sweating bullets, the task will go more quickly and more pleasantly. You should still take your time and stay hydrated, but physically, you will have less to worry about.
Heat makes paint dry quicker, so if you’re working with a large area, as you would be in a home exterior, your quick-drying paint will cause you some problems. For one thing, it tends to leave visible brush marks through the paint. For another, it can sometimes cause the paint to bubble or blister, leaving little air pockets that interrupts the paint coverage. If the paint doesn’t stick to the house all the way, it’s going to look spotty.
Just like heat can interrupt the drying process, moisture can, too. While it does sometimes rain in the fall, it’s easier to find a clear day in fall than it is to figure out what days in summer won’t be humid. Humidity, like any other moisture, will cling to the side of your house and make it difficult for the paint to adhere to the surface.
What to Do
If you’ve settled on fall as the time for your home exterior painting project, there are a few things you should know. Since temperatures are so important to the paint drying process, you should do your painting early in the morning so that the paint does have time to dry before night. Since your house will be covered with condensation early in the day, you should wipe it off with a rag before you begin. Try to pick a day that’s not too humid, foggy, wet, or windy. In fact, you should wait at least a day after any bad rain. Any noticeable weather conditions throw extra variables into the painting process.