Painting the exterior of your home is no small task. It requires careful planning and preparation if you are going to paint it on your own. If you live in Clark County Washington and are thinking of hiring a professional to paint your home, it’s good to have some information about when to paint. Corbin Painting in Vancouver Washington has over 30 years of experience and can happily help with all your residential painting needs.
Summer, Summer, Summer Time!
Anyone in Vancouver, WA who has painted their home would probably say painting in summer is the best season. And they’d be right. Clark County sees long, hot summer days and minimal rainfall. These conditions make it an ideal time to get outside and paint. Painting in summer can take some of the work out of the job.
With the BBQ fired up, music playing and the warm sun shining down, it’s an ideal painting scene. I have some very happy memories as a child “helping” my parents paint the house…FYI: it took the entire summer.
One note about painting during the summer time. Paint does not like extreme temperature swings. If the high is 102 and the low is 48 the paint will not cure correctly. Take note of your areas day and nighttime lows when you are getting ready to paint your digs.
How Far Does the Season Stretch?
So if summer is the best season to paint, how far can you stretch that season? If you’re from the Pacific Northwest, spending an entire summer painting might not be on the top of your list during our precious weeks of sun. Good news for you is the paint season in Clark County, WA can be stretched into fall!
With paint technology improving, so does its ability to cure and set perfectly in lower temperatures. It used to be advised not to paint if it was below 50 degrees but newer technology paints can be applied as low as 40 degrees, or even as low as 35 for some paint varieties.
What does lower curing temps mean for the homeowner? A longer season to paint. In Vancouver, WA a homeowner or professional contractor can paint well into the fall, with November generally being a cut-off month for outdoor painting.
If you’re looking to hire a professional painter and you find somebody who says they can paint the exterior of your home in any season- hard pass on that! Professionals in Clark County, WA know the best seasons to paint and how the elements affect the paint. Always go with a home painter who is upfront about the exterior home painting season.
Moisture: The Enemy of Paint
But what about moisture??? The Pacific Northwest, and especially Vancouver, WA is famous for its rain, and Corbin painting, being a local company, is well accustomed to working with the rain. Moisture can spell disaster for paint.
Moisture can come in many forms, rain, snow, humidity and don’t forget moisture from early morning dew. If it has rained recently or there is moisture in the air, give your home a solid day to dry completely before you apply any paint. Remember paint can feel dry to the touch, but still be wet underneath, particularly on porous surfaces like brick or bare wood, making these surfaces require a little extra time to dry.
Painting the exterior of your home is a great investment, and if you’re ever in doubt, contact the professionals at Corbin Painting. They’ll be able to come out to your home and let you know how long it will take to paint your space and the best time to have it painted!