Everything You Need to Know about Exterior Painting

If you are looking to paint the exterior of your home and have never done so before, you may have many questions. Such as, when is the best time of the year to paint your house? Are there temperature restrictions to painting your home? What type of paint must I use on the outside of my home? Don’t worry, Certified Painting Professionals is here to give you all the details you need to know about painting the exterior of your home.


Best Temperature to Paint the Outside of Your House

If you are wanting to paint your home the first thing you need to do is check the temperature outside.  The ideal temperature outside should be between 60 degrees to 80 degrees. If the temperature is too hot or too cold outside, it could prevent the paint from binding properly. It also best to aim to paint your home on a day when the humidity is between 40% and 70% as it allows the paint to dry the fastest. It is important to paint the exterior of your house at the optimal temperature and humidity listed above as it will allow the paint to last longer. If the paint is applied when the temperature and humidity are either too high or too low can cause the paint to peel in the future. Thus, costing more money and time as the outside of the home will need to be repainted sooner.


Best Seasons to Paint the Exterior Your Home

Since it is best to have the temperature be between 60 degrees to 80 degrees outside means that seasons have a huge impact on when you can paint the outside of your home. Depending on the region will determine the best time to paint the exterior of your home. For MidWesterns, the best time to paint your home is spring and early fall (depending on quickly winter comes). You may also paint your home during winter and summer, depending on the weather, but you must make sure the weather will be stable for several days. This will allow you to have the optimal time needed to get your house painted as well to have the paint dry after you finish. Nothing is worse than having a half painted house because you forgot to check the weather and didn’t realize there was a week-long storm coming. So remember, Spring and Fall are the best season’s to paint the outside of your home and be sure to check the upcoming forecast for storms.


What Types of Exterior Paint Should I Use?

This is one of the most common questions we get. When painting the outside of your home, the kind of paint to use is oil-based exterior paint. Make sure and double check that the paint can states, exterior paint. Oil-based paint is optimal for painting the outside of the home as it prevents the paint from fading. When painting the exterior of your home, make sure you add at least two coats of paint. By adding two coats of paint protects the house from the weather, allowing the paint to last much longer.


How Often Should I Paint the Exterior of my Home?

If you paint your home during the correct temperature with the proper paint, then your paint job should last from 5-7 years. It is recommended to paint the outside of your home every 5-7 years to keep your home looking new and in premium condition.


Painting the exterior of your home can be dangerous as you will be climbing a ladder. Please be careful and if you feel that you do not want the hassle nor have the time to paint the outside of your home, please give us a call at (618) 560-7030 and we will be glad to give you a free estimate.


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