5 Helpful Hacks for Painting Your Home During Summer
Summertime is most definitely here! For warm weather lovers, this is the most beautiful time of the year to go on vacations and lounge around on the beach, but it is also a popular time for homeowners to try their hand at painting. Painting the exterior of your home is a big job, and a lot of planning needs to happen for it to be done right.
Fortunately, we’ve got 5 helpful hacks when it’s time to break out the paintbrushes this summer.
- Rinse Outside of Your House
Before you start applying new paint to your home’s exterior, it’s essential that you rinse it off with water and allow it to dry in the sun. Rinsing off your house washes away debris and helps remove mold and mildew. Next, mix together a diluted solution of bleach and water and use a sprayer to apply it to your home’s exterior walls. After this step, use a hose to rinse off the bleach solution. After a few sunny days, your home will be dry and ready to paint.
Pro Tip: Be sure you’re not using something as powerful as a power washer to do your rinsing – you don’t want to damage your home’s siding!
- Hold off on Very Hot Days
Summer is a wonderful time for painting because warmer days help dry new paint with relative quickness. However, it’s best to avoid painting on days that reach temperatures higher than 95 degrees Fahrenheit. This is especially true when your home is in direct sunlight, and you’re painting on porous surfaces. Hold off on painting in extreme heat, and you’ll have a better chance of a successful paint job.
- Humidity and High Temps
Warm summer days are great for painting, but as mentioned above, if you’re painting in abnormally hot conditions, your new paint will have a more difficult time binding to your home’s exterior. This often results in unwanted peeling and cracking. So, what’s the best outside temp to start painting? In a perfect world, temperatures around 70 degrees Fahrenheit are ideal. Also, be aware of humidity levels when painting. Very humid days increase the amount of time it takes for paint to dry, even on hot days. As a general rule, shoot for days with 50% humidity or less.
Pro Tip: Look on the back of the paint can that you’re using for specific guidelines as to when you should paint.
- Embrace the Shade
Summer brings with it plenty of sunny days, but as stated above, it’s not always the best idea to paint when the sun is shining directly on your home. Try to paint on the shady side of your home first, and as the day goes on, follow the shade around your house as the sun makes its way across the sky. Painting in the shade gives you a better chance for a successful paint job. Also, it keeps you out of direct sunlight, making your job more comfortable while reducing sunburn and heatstroke.
- Pick Color Based on Your Home’s Landscape
Trees, flowers, grass, and other plants are at their most vibrant and beautiful state during the summer months, allowing you to observe your property’s colors. Use this time to pick a paint color that compliments your property’s landscaping. When you take the colors of your plants, flowers, and into account, you can select a color that plays off them. This creates a wonderful synchronicity that your neighbors will be jealous of, especially when summer comes around!
Painting your home isn’t the easiest job out there, that’s for sure. While difficult, it’s an important finishing touch that increases your home’s curb appeal, which is why it’s crucial that your paint job is done correctly. If you’re an inexperienced painter, you might want to consider hiring a team of professionals like you will find at Storm Guard Roofing and Construction of Madison WI. With years of experience painting homes, you can rest easy knowing your paint job will look great and will last for years to come.
Want to learn more? Call our office or shoot us an email – we’d be happy to talk about your painting needs!