Autumn Maintenance For Your Home
The fall season can be an excellent time to spruce up the exterior of your Colorado home. A fresh coat of paint can transform your home’s appearance and protect it throughout the harsh winter months.
If you’ve been putting off giving your home a facelift, now might be the time. However, there are some precautions to consider.
For example, you should avoid applying exterior paints and stains when temperatures are lower than 40-45° F. Because of this, the best hours of application in the fall are between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Another thing to consider is the level of humidity. This post talks more about this factor:
Paint should only be applied to a dry surface. Your painting surface can become moist either by direct contact from rain or snow or by humidity in the air.
After a hard rain, wait at least one full day before painting. Check the surface to be painted. Does it feel wet? Even if it does not feel wet to the touch, it may be wet within, especially for porous surfaces like bare wood and masonry.
Remember, moisture happens indirectly, too. Dew forming over night or in early evenings can quite easily mess up exterior paint–even though it was a dry, balmy 70 degrees just six hours earlier.
See the original post here: What Is Painting Season For Outside of a House?
Watching Paint Dry
Even though it feels dry to the touch after one to three hours, you need to wait for at least three to five before putting on the second coat. Also keep in mind that since latex paint dries on the outside first, it takes at least 14 days for it to cure.
Some experts say you can paint year round, but it is completely dependent on your location. For example, in areas that have especially severe winters, it can get too cold for the paint to ever cure.
In Colorado, the average high in October is 66 degrees with an average low of 37 degrees, so the countdown is on for getting your outdoor painting finished up.
Need some exterior painting tips for fall? Check out this video:
As mentioned in the video, preparation is an essential part of painting any time of year. It will make the job go much smoother if you remove loose paint and repair any surface flaws with a compound rated for exterior use.
Other prep work includes:
- Cleaning the walls and letting them completely dry
- Remove old caulk around doors and windows and then re-caulk
- Sand any rough areas so your surface is smooth
- Prime if there is any bare wood
- Use drop cloths to protect plants and bushes
If you are painting a surface that is rotting or crumbling, you may need to do some major repairs. However, if it is a small area, the next post gives some pointers:
Rotten wood and siding material are nearly worthless to paint, as they will do nothing but to continue to deteriorate. You have a couple of options. Replace the siding or wood trim with new components, or in the case of small areas, use a wood hardener and match with an exterior filler product, such as a wood filler. Be sure to prep and sand either one prior to painting.
Read more here: Tips and Tricks for Painting a Home’s Exterior
One last tip is to always start painting from the top and move downward. This will help control drips and splatters that are inevitable due to gravity from becoming another spot you have to fix later.