Massachusetts weather is fickle and can make exterior painting a tricky venture. There are certain factors that come into play when picking a time to get started on your project: temperature and humidity. Excessive moisture and extreme temperatures can affect the paint’s ability to bond to your siding, leave air bubbles and streaks behind. With the change of seasons occurring, you may be trying to figure out the best time to paint your siding, deck or trim.
Painting in Spring
There are plenty of opportunities to paint your home during the spring. While finding days in between storms can be tricky in the early weeks, as dry days get longer, you will be able to make sure paint will stick to each surface you want to paint. Painting in spring allows temperature weather and limited moisture while completing your project.
Painting in Summer
While the dry spells tend to last longer in summer, humidity will increase as the temperature rises. Temperatures in the low to mid 80s are ideal for painting, allowing proper drying time without adverse effects on the paint. Waiting until it gets hotter can lead to air bubbles and blistering, which will look messy when dried.
Painting in Fall
Fall weather shares many of the same characteristics as spring and summer: painting too early in the season can mean painting in hot conditions, waiting too long can lead to high moisture and freezing cold. Make sure you measure the moisture in the air before beginning your project.
Painting in Winter
A rule of thumb to follow is to avoid painting in temperatures under 50 degrees. The consistency of the paint will be affected and the paint may not be able to properly bond to the designated surface. While some paints are engineered to be applied in temperatures as low as 35 degrees, it is important to leave enough time and to read labels before starting.
Year-Round Painting in Boxford, Georgetown & Andover, MA
When you begin planning your exterior painting project, contact American Painting Company! We will come to your home and paint your exterior or interior, year-round. American Painting Company can be reached by calling 1.866.385.8888 or by filling out our online contact form.