Temperature and humidity play a big role in how paint sets. Latex-based paints applied on your exteriors such as on windows or on siding panels dries best in temperatures between 50 and 85 degrees with humidity levels at 40 to 70%. Given these optimal conditions, it’s easy to see why many contractors (and homeowners) choose to do any exterior painting work during any season except winter.
The conditions for paint setting are optimized to get the best results. Ideally, you want to keep within this range of humidity and temperature but it doesn’t mean that you can’t have painting services during the cold days of winter. Here are a few important winter painting factors to consider from our experienced home improvement experts at Masters Roofing.
If you’re insisting on getting your siding, windows, or any other part of your exterior painted in the middle of winter, you have to choose the right type of paint. Manufacturers do make paint products designed to work for a much wider range of temperatures than the ideal levels mentioned above. Ask your professional painter about these products before starting any work.
Most paints are now self-priming however, it’s still important not to skip this step. Unscrupulous contractors might suggest letting go of primers to save on costs but this usually results in higher costs later when the paint begins to peel off prematurely. Don’t forget to talk to your contractor about using primers or at least using self-priming products for your project.
Another important factor to consider before getting an exterior painting service during winter is the temperature of your substrate. Even under good weather conditions, your substrate might still be too cold to allow newly applied paint to set properly. Remind your contractor to check the substrate before starting the process to avoid having to repaint certain areas in the future.
Get reliable painting services all year-round from our professionals at Masters Roofing. Call us at (901) 871-7663 or fill out our contact form to schedule a service visit and get a free quote today. We serve homeowners in Memphis and all nearby areas in TN.