Few things make a home look dingier than faded, cracked, and peeling paint. No matter how appealing the interior of the house, it generally doesn’t make up for the negative first impression made by a home that’s badly in need of a good paint job. If you’re like most homeowners, you want things done as quickly as possible once you’ve made the decision to have your home exterior painted, but like with many other matters, patience pays off. Here’s what you need to know about painting the outside of your house.
Painting is a Warm Weather Job
Rhode Island residents are sometimes tempted to schedule painting projects for as soon as possible, but the state’s spring season is notoriously moody — and is also its wettest time of year. A sudden rainstorm can certainly wreak havoc on freshly applied, but it’s also essential for the home’s siding to dry out as much as possible before paint is applied. However, rain isn’t the only culprit when it comes to exterior painting.
Paint needs an ambient temperature of at least 50 degrees Fahrenheit to dry properly. June, July, and August are Rhode Island’s warmest months, so try to schedule painting projects for those times. It’s also best if the temperature variation between day and night is minimal when the house is painted. If summer vacations and other activities make it too inconvenient to have your home painted during that time, consider scheduling it for the early part of autumn.
Homeowners need to be wary of any house painting contractor who agrees to perform the work during times when adverse weather conditions exist. Reputable contractors won’t mislead their customers about anything that may compromise the quality of the final results. They won’t try to rush a job through or cut corners by not properly preparing your home exterior by scraping, sanding, and priming it before applying the new coat of paint.
Please contact us for more advice on how to plan your home’s upcoming exterior paint job.
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