Painting Your House in the Winter: 6 Facts a Homeowner Should Know
Winter doesn’t seem like the ideal time to paint your home. With temperatures dropping and snow showing on the horizon, most people’s home improvement plans go into hibernation (with the exception of some potentially overdue wintering projects). After all, you’ve spent all year beautifying your home. Now is the time to slow down and take it easy.
But if scratching your house falls on your current to-do list, don’t stress. There are some unexpected benefits to painting your home in the winter!
Before you pick up a brush or call a professional painter, it’s important to understand the pros and cons of painting outdoors in the cold. Below are the benefits and tips all homeowners should know about painting their home in winter.
1. Painting your house in winter could be cheaper
If you’re hiring a professional to paint the outside of your home and budget is an issue, winter planning the job might be your best bet.
For exterior painting, two days after the paint has been applied, temperatures of more than 35 degrees are required at night. Freezing temperatures in many parts of the country mean fewer jobs for painters and consequently less demand in winter.
“Because pricing is based in part on demand, you will likely get a lower estimate of your paint job during that time,” he says Eric Regan, CEO of Mission Painting & Home Improvements.
That said, of course, you need to keep an eye on the weather forecast as your appointment approaches.
2. Paint dries faster in winter
It’s a common misconception that interior paints dry faster in the summer heat. The opposite is true if the summers in your area are muggy.
“The colder the weather gets, the less humid it is, which means that in winter you have faster drying times due to the lower humidity,” says Issabel Williams by Fantastic Handyman. Painting when it’s cold and dry means you can get your paint job done sooner.
Moist air can also lead to paint bubbles, chips, and flakes.
“Paint in a humid environment stays wet longer and can pick up dust and be easily damaged, especially if you bring the furniture back too early,” says Williams.
3. Winter storms can cause problems
While cold temperatures can mean drier weather, winter storms can get it wet pretty quickly. For this reason, painting the exterior of your home in winter should be carefully coordinated.
“If the weather permits, you can paint the house during colder times, provided it doesn’t rain,” he says Terry Koubele, Owner of Five star painting of Federal Way, a neighborhood company.
Freezing temperatures and persistent dew on surfaces prevent the paint from drying properly and it can get sticky or sticky as needed Carmelo Marsala, Owner of Spray-Net, Inc.
4. Exterior paint may have to wait
Where you live will most likely determine whether or not you can paint the exterior of your home in the winter. Regan notes that if you live in an area where winter temperatures stay above 35 degrees, you may be able to set a schedule.
But in colder areas where icy weather is the norm, you will likely have to wait until spring. Unless you have a specific reason (e.g., plans to sell the house in the spring), avoid painting the outside of your home in the winter.
5. You need to check the thermostat
If you are painting the interior of your home, the temperature should ideally be above 60 degrees. Thanks to the interior heating, this is not a problem for most households, even in winter.
However, in winter, the cold outside can cause your walls to be much colder than the room temperature indicated on the thermostat.
“You should be more concerned about the temperature of the surface you are painting than the temperature of the environment you are painting in,” says Andrew Wilson advising the contractor.
Wilson recommends increasing the temperature of your thermostat well above 60 degrees, or the minimum recommended by the manufacturer. If the walls are too cold, the paint may not adhere to them properly.
6. Special color is your friend in winter
If you are concerned that exterior paints will not dry quickly enough in unreliable weather conditions, you should reach for paints and primers that are specifically designed for cold temperatures.
“Certain color additives contain chemicals to make colors more resistant to frost and to allow them to dry in colder weather,” says Wilson.
Since cold temperatures can make the paint more viscous, you can also use additives to achieve a professional looking texture.
“They can keep your paint from getting thicker and give you a nice, smooth finish,” adds Wilson.