THE BEST TIME TO PAINT THE OUTSIDE OF YOUR HOUSE

The Best Time to Paint the Outside of your House

October 21, 2019

Painting outdoors can be a tricky task. The most opportune time to paint your house exterior is obviously when there is nice prolonged weather but this is easier said than done, especially in Ireland.

Painting outdoors can be a tricky task. The most opportune time to paint your house exterior is obviously when there is nice prolonged weather but this is easier said than done, especially in Ireland. You may not have the time to wait for the perfect moment so figuring out ways to effectively paint in non-ideal conditions is vital. If it is autumn or winter and you have just purchased a home or your existing one has extremely worn walls then you can rarely afford to wait months for sunny weather. There are specific safety measures, preparation guidelines and materials to use which can help you to successfully complete the job which I will discuss further below.

Planning

The preparation is vital in any DIY chore so when it comes to painting outside it is especially important to have all measures taken and aspects in place. Creating a plan is a smart idea; exact times to start and finish, who else can help you, available days off work, budget, etc. This gives you guidelines to stick to and enables a more efficiently completed job. You should also have all your equipment and materials ready to go at a moment’s notice in case there are a certain number of days or even hours where weather conditions are suitable.

Safety

The most important part of painting the outside of your house is your safety. If you are using a large ladder to paint high walls then it is imperative the base of it is very stable and if you can get a friend to hold it that’s even better. You should have the right footwear that is gripping to the steps as well as other appropriate painting clothing such as overalls and a mask to protect you from fumes. If you are painting in cold winter conditions then you should have protection on your hands and plenty of layers to avoid catching a cold.

Material

You should visit your local hardware store and purchase the appropriate tools needed to successfully paint outdoor walls. It is advisable that you get fast drying paint as opposed to ones you may use indoors where time is on your side. There are water resistant paints for when you have to paint in the winter. This can be a problem in relation to the primer as extremely cold and wet conditions do not allow it to be effective. If you are not able to wait for opportune weather then you may be forced to skip this part.

Weather

It is always recommended to start and finish painting early in relation to exterior painting as there is more time for it to dry. This is not just in relation to winter months of poor weather but also in hot summer days where it can be too hot to work at midday onwards. You can also do your own research for projected weather forecasts through the internet or radio where you will get a clear indication of when stable weather will be coming up thus allowing you to plan for an exact start date.

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