Planning to spruce up your home’s exterior for the holidays? Giving your facade a fresh coat of paint is an affordable and easy way to rejuvenate the entire look of your home. Just make sure to use the right kind of paint. If it’s too cold outside, paint won’t be able to bond with the facade.
Universal Roofing & Exteriors, a top siding contractor shares some more tips below.
Why Does Paint Dry and Cure More Slowly in Lower Temperatures?
It normally takes a few days for paint to fully cure. If temperatures dip during that time, moisture on the surface can slow the evaporation of the water component in paint, possibly staining the coat and causing several problems, like mildew and cracking.
What to Use and What to Avoid
Avoid water-based paints. Manufacturers usually specify the minimum temperature application on the label, so make sure to check that before making a purchase. While some manufacturers say their paint can be applied in temperatures as cold as 35 °F, roofing and siding contractors prefer a brand that can handle a range between 40-45 °F.
Since paint is thicker in lower temperatures, it’s best to use brushes with nylon, polyester or Chinex bristles. Stiff brushes like these can handle thick paint better.
When to Leave a Paint Job to the Professionals
Even with a stiffer brush, painting your exterior can be tricky—the thicker the paint, the harder it is to apply an even coat. If you’re having any trouble, it’s best to leave the paint job to the professionals.
Installing New Siding
Of course, no amount of paint can hide natural wear and tear. If you’re siding is looking worn down, it might be more cost-effective to install new siding. Just make sure to hire an experienced contractor.
Universal Roofing & Exteriors, a contractor with more than three decades’ worth of experience, offers a wide range of professional exterior services, including siding installation services. To get started on your project, call us at (317) 257-0779 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in Carmel and Indianapolis, IN.