Exterior House Painting

By Mark J. Donovan

January 7, 2011 3 min read

Exterior house painting is one of the most difficult projects to schedule and complete from a weather perspective. To complete the job, you must have an ambient air temperature of between 50 F and 90 F and low humidity, and there should be little to no wind while you're painting. If you decide to tackle an exterior house painting project outside of these weather conditions, chances are the paint will not hold up well.

Give yourself the best chance of having Mother Nature smile down on your painting project by not starting in an unsuitable climate. In general, July and August are two of the worst months of the year to paint a house; the house siding is simply too hot to paint. Cold weather causes paint quality issues, and the spring is often too rainy and humid. Therefore, the early summer months, before it gets too hot, and autumn are often your only opportunities to paint.

The do-it-yourself homeowner who chooses to do his own exterior house painting often finds himself tackling it in a guerilla warfare-type approach -- painting portions of the home over an extended period of time as weather conditions permit.

In order to avoid prolonging your painting project, consider throwing a weekend exterior house painting party, where friends and family are called in for a weekend of painting and cookouts. The only problem with this approach is that often more than just the house is painted. There are also some liability concerns if someone falls off a ladder -- and even more so if he was served alcohol while attending the party.

For the best exterior house painting results, it is wise to hire a contractor who has a team that can paint a home quickly. Although they, too, are at the whim of Mother Nature, they at least have the ability to paint the house rapidly. In addition, they won't paint your car or themselves in the process.

If you are building a new home, you could make your life easier by using pre-primed or painted house siding, which widens the weather window for applying a final coat of exterior paint. Or you could use vinyl or brick for the house siding, which would eliminate the need for any significant exterior house painting.

Mark J. Donovan's website is http://www.HomeAdditionPlus.com.

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