Colorado weather can swing wildly from one extreme to the next; 70-degree days yielding to an impromptu snowstorm won’t cause most people to bat an eye. This makes it all the more important to pinpoint the optimal season for home maintenance. As far as painting is concerned, summer presents a good time to liven up your home’s curb appeal with a fresh coat of paint. However, just because summer is a good time to paint doesn’t mean it comes without shortcomings. Special considerations must be acknowledged due to the unique climate, to ensure your paint job will be of high quality.
Dealing With Excessive Heat
Colorado gets hot in the summertime. Days of direct sunshine and 90 degree temperatures are great for enjoying the outdoors, but not ideal for applying a fresh coat of paint. When paint dries, binders and pigments come together to form a protective film, but temperatures above 85 degrees can cause rapid drying, negatively affecting these components’ cohesion. The result is a brittle film prone to cracking.
Even if you manage to avoid a weak film, rapid drying can also cause poor paint adhesion leading to flaking, in addition to the possibility of an uneven finish as painted sections will dry before blending together. Luckily, combating these faults is relatively easy. The first precaution is to simply paint when it’s not as hot outside. Professionals know to begin work at dawn, allowing painting ample drying time before the summer sun heats the day. Also of value is painting behind the sun, or painting in the shade. DIY painters often overlook that the surface temperatures of their homes will be significantly higher than those of the air, due to constant exposure to sunlight. When paint is applied to a surface that’s been excessively heated, blistering will occur, leaving unsightly bubbles. Staying behind the sun makes sure the surface temperature of the home is closer to that of the air.
The Front Range and surrounding areas can experience gusting high winds year round. Unfortunately for painters, high winds and paint don’t mix. Wind speed does not need to become damaging to the surrounding areas in order to negatively influence a paintjob. In fact, if it’s strong enough to pick up dust and debris, it’s strong enough to hinder the painting process. While paint is wet and gummy, it’s susceptible to all manner of foreign objects. Leaves, dust, and pollen can all stick to a home, and are virtually impossible to remove. Paint streaking is also of concern. If winds are forceful enough they may displace wet paint, leaving a streaky finish. Monitoring wind conditions is the best way to mitigate risk, but unfortunately windstorms can appear from nowhere. Luckily for us, during the summer paint dries quickly, limiting the risk of being caught off guard.
Generally, the humidity in Colorado, or lack thereof, will not cause any problems when it comes to painting. Low humidity means the paint will dry evenly, allowing the aforementioned film to form without issue. High humidity, however, will not allow the paint to dry fast enough. This can create issues with adhesion, and in extreme cases the paint may never fully dry. Luckily, this can be easily avoided by painting a few days before or after a rainstorm. Rarely, the humidity level will drop so low that paint will shrink or crack upon application. In this circumstance the air is actually so dry that too much moisture may be pulled from the paint.
As long as precautions are taken, painting a home’s exterior in the summer is as good a time as any. If you’re interested in repainting your home in the coming months, give us a call. Our professionals will monitor the climate so you don’t have to…let us battle the weather while you enjoy it.
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