The weather is getting nice, and you want to get some home improvement projects started. You are in the mood to paint your home’s exterior because you either want to change the color of your home or you just want to touch up your home’s appearance. Atlanta Painting Company wants to remind you to monitor the weather for at least a week before beginning the paint job because temperatures that are too hot can potentially affect your paint job.

Can It Really be Too Hot to Paint Your Home’s Exterior?

When many homeowners attempt to paint the exterior of their homes, they seldom take temperatures into consideration. They just pick any old day to paint and figure all will be well so long as there are no storms on the way. Then, they wonder why their paint job is not turning out the way they want.

Our expert painters at Atlanta Painting Company recommend paying close attention to temperatures when painting as temperatures that are too hot can negatively impact a home exterior paint job. In fact, our policy at Atlanta Painting Company is that we wait for a string of days with a decent weather forecast to do exterior paint jobs. Once we have identified that there will be several consecutive days with appropriate weather, we are able to get to work.

What Temperatures Are Appropriate for Painting a Home’s Exterior?

Latex and oil-based paints must be used when temperatures are moderate. If you decide to paint during the winter months, temperatures must not be any lower than 40 degrees Fahrenheit when using oil-based paints, and temperatures must not be below 50 degrees Fahrenheit if you decide to use latex-based paints. If you want to paint your home’s exterior during the summer months, it is recommended that you wait until the weather hovers around 85 degrees Fahrenheit for latex paints and 90 degrees Fahrenheit for oil paints.

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Are There Factors Other Than Temperature That Must Be Considered Before Painting the Home’s Exterior?

Before painting a home’s exterior, it is essential to consider how much humidity will be in the forecast. If too much humidity is present, the paint will take much longer to dry, and such conditions risk causing the appearance of the paint job to look less than stellar. If there is not enough humidity, then there is a risk of the paint drying too quickly, and this can interfere with the appearance of the paint job as well. Before beginning an exterior paint job, it is best to make sure the humidity will fall within the range of 40 to 70%.

In addition to humidity, you want to be careful that there is not too much wind. If wind speeds are high, this can lead to the paint drying unevenly. The ideal wind speed you want to shoot for is 8 miles per hour as this constitutes a gentle breeze, and winds at this speed will not interfere with the quality of your work.

How Can Very Hot Temperatures Interfere With Wet Paint?

Latex and oil paints are comprised of binding properties that enable them to stick to the surface where they are being applied. To ensure these binding properties work as they are designed, weather temperatures must be within the proper range. When the weather is too hot, the paint will dry too quickly before it can properly bind to the home’s exterior, and this will cause the paint to become cracked or peeled.

Sometimes the paint can even bubble. These problems are especially prevalent if the paint job is in direct sunlight. Sometimes, the paint will dry so quickly that there is no opportunity for the paint to be properly brushed over the home’s exterior, and this results in a less than appealing look.

What If the Weather Won’t Cooperate in the Near Future?

If there are no ideal days for painting in the near future, there are some techniques you may be able to implement to get the job done. However, you will still need to be mindful of weather conditions. For example, you obviously will not paint your home’s exterior when a storm is on the way or has just occurred. You also will not paint if there is too much wind or humidity. But if temperatures are near the cutoff point, you can do the following.

You can start your paint job where there is shade. Even if the temperatures are slightly above the cutoff for what is recommended, shady spots are cooler. You can even paint later in the evening when the temperature drops and the sun has set, or paint early in the morning before temperatures rise. Make sure not to paint too late or too early because dew will cause condensation and interfere with the paint job. Try as much as possible to paint opposite where the sun is located. The sun will move through the sky at various parts of the day. Move around and paint accordingly.

As you can see, it takes planning and strategizing if you want to paint a home’s exterior effectively and efficiently during the sweltering summer months.

If your goal is to spruce up your home’s appearance, and you want to give your home’s exterior a brand-new look, you can trust Atlanta Painting Company to get the job done right. We are licensed and accredited through the Better Business Bureau, and we have received awards for providing outstanding-quality work to our consumers. You can visit our website for more information on how to prepare for your project, our services, or to get a free quote! Schedule a free consultation today, and we will get your project underway.