Unfortunately, refreshing your property is not as easy as simply pulling out a can of paint and getting to work. Not only do you need to choose a paint colour and trim tone to match your architectural style and roofing material, you need to choose the time of year that you begin this project wisely. As the outside of your house isn’t protected from the elements in the same way that the interior is, it’s important that you carefully put aside a block of time for exterior painting services of your home. Choose correctly, and you could have an almost new façade in a matter of days. Make the wrong decision however, and the process could drag on far longer than anticipated.
Obviously, painting in the middle of winter isn’t the best option for painting the exterior of your home, ruling out June, July and August. The vast majority of paints require a temperature of at least 10 degrees (preferably higher) for the entire drying process, meaning you need warm nights as well as warm days. Whilst our glorious spring days remind us that summer is just around the corner, the nights can get a bit too cold. If your contractor is booked solid through summer, it may be best to wait until early autumn, rather than beginning the project in spring.
Don’t Go Too Warm
That being said, if you paint your home during the height of summer, the paint will dry too quickly – before it even leaves the brush. Extreme temperatures can cause paint to dry unevenly, lead to clumps or exposed brush strokes. In fact, if you’re using an airless paint sprayer, the paint can dry in the air before it hits your walls! If you don’t want to paint outside because it’s too hot, it’s likely too hot to paint your home as well. Make sure it’s below 30 before you crack open the paint tin.
Avoid the Rain
Though it often seems like it may rain at any time in Melbourne, summer or winter, it’s important that you wait for a week that meteorologists say will likely remain dry. A waterlogged exterior can reduce the paints ability to properly dry, while painting in the rain can cause the colour to simply wash away, meaning you’ll have to begin again. If you’ve scheduled in a painting company and rain is on the horizon, they will be able to advise you of the best course of action.
Weather isn’t Everything
You may be surprised to learn that weather isn’t the only thing that dictates the end result – the quality of the paint you use also plays a huge role in the finished project. Avoid companies who simply come in and paint your home – it’s important that they take the time to sand and scrape away the existing colour, before priming the walls properly. Then, a number of coats will need to be put down before your exterior is complete.
As you can see, thanks to Melbourne’s mild climate, you can paint the exterior of your home almost year round – if you’re lucky. However, it’s important that you choose a professional residential painters that knows what they’re doing. They can direct you toward a colour that works with your personal style, a formula that will work with the material composition of your home, and can handle any delays caused by weather without letting the entire project go off the rails. Take your time, as a professional painting company is well worth hunting for.