The cold weather cannot and should not stop you from painting your home. Generally, people opt for a house painting job during the summer, because the weather is warm and supposedly, the paint dries off faster because of the sun. However, winter is a great time to paint your home because of the lack of humidity and the cool weather will ensure you don’t sweat much. In fact, you will feel as tired as you would when painting your home during the summer. To make things a tad easier for you, here’s a look at some simple and effective home painting tips for the winter:
Keep an Eye on the Temperature
The commercially available wall paints can only be used at certain temperatures. Previously, the temperature limit was 50o, which meant painting during the winter could be difficult. However, the new brands of paints allow you to paint your home even if the temperature is as low as 35o. Therefore, you have to check the temperature instructions for the paint before you use it for your home. Otherwise, it might not dry out properly and you won’t get the finish you desire. Also, since the walls are affected by the temperature outside, you need to pick the right paint for the job.
Avoid Painting When It’s Humid
Paint doesn’t work well on wet surface. Therefore, it is best to avoid painting if the conditions are humid. That being said, winters are generally less humid as compared to the summer. However, if you feel that the walls are soggy, it is best to wait till the next day. Moreover, if the surface you are painting is made from any porous material, avoid painting it when humidity is high, particularly if there has been rain. Since the water will take some time to evaporate, wait for a while before you get started with the paint job.
Keep the Paint Safe
It is also important that you be careful with the paint when you are not using it. You have to keep the paint covered properly. There is always the chance that the paint and even your brushes might get stiff and freeze up if the weather gets cooler. For instance, if it snows outside, it can be next to impossible to get the lid off the can of paint. So, keep the supplies covered when not in use to keep them safe from the cold weather.
These are some basic home painting tips you can follow if you want to paint your house this winter.