Winter Painting Tips For The Outside Of Your House

Posted on: 8 March 2016

It is possible to paint the outside of your house in the winter time. Here are a few things you need to take into consideration before painting the outside of your house this winter.

Look At The Temperature Your Materials Will Work At

The first thing you need to do is look at all the material that you need to use to paint the outside of your house and determine what temperature the materials work effectively at. 

For example, if the outside of your house has already been prepared for paint before the cold weather struck, only your paint needs to stand up to cold weather. Or, if the outside of the house has not been prepared yet, you need to make sure that any caulk, fillers and primers you need to use, as well as the paint, will be able to withstand the cold weather. 

Generally, paint will work at temperatures just above freezing. However, caulking, fillers and primers often need warmer weather to work properly. Be sure to read the directions on all materials that you purchase carefully. 

Find Out The Surface Temperature

Next, before you start painting, you need to find out not just what the air temperature will be, you also need to figure out what the surface temperature of your home is. Often times, the surface temperature of your home will be cooler than the outside temperature. Just because you have one warm day does not mean that the outside of your house has had time to warm up. 

You will need to purchase a tool specifically designed to measure the surface temperature of objects. You will need to purchase a thermometer with a probe so you can figure out the surface temperature of your home. You should be able to find this tool at your local home improvement or building store. 

Work With The Sun

If you decide the temperature outside is warm enough to paint, you need to start working as soon as the sun comes up and the weather warms up. You also need to work with the sun. Follow the sun around the house as you paint; when the sun moves, you need to move as well. Once the temperatures begin the downward slide, stop painting. 

The paint needs to have enough time to dry before the sun sets. You don't want dew to settle on the paint before it starts to dry.  This will trap moisture in the paint and cause it to bubble up later. 

It may take multiple warm days for you to completely paint your house. Remember, it takes extra time for paint to dry when it is cold outside. It can be risky, but if you paint as soon as it starts to warm up, and stop early in the afternoon, you should be able to paint the outside of your house this winter. 

For more information, contact a company like Brad McDonnell Painting & Decorating.