Is Winter The Best Time To Paint Your House?

The winter is a great time to get together with your loved ones around the fire and enjoy what the season has to offer. Along with family time, winter also happens to be the best time to paint your house.

Is Winter The Best Time To Paint Your House?

Not what you were expecting? Well, despite low temperatures outdoors, it is a perfect time to add a fresh layer of paint indoors. Granted, there are a few limitations to your winter home improvement projects. However, with the right preparation, your home will be spring ready before the first blooms appear. Here are a few reasons why we think you should paint your home interior in the winter as opposed to other seasons.

Fume Free Painting

Fumes are a big hassle and even a health hazard when it comes to painting indoor spaces. Cold weather may mean that you prefer to keep your windows and doors closed, but there is a solution. Some interior types of paints are formulated to be fume-free, the caveat is that they need very dry conditions to be as efficient as possible. These specialty paints are perfect for winter projects where ventilation is minimal but humidity is also minimal. Some of these brands even build in a mild fragrance that will keep your home smelling sweet months after your paint has been applied.

Less Humidity

Humidity plays a big role in how well your paint will set and how long it actually takes to dry. The more humidity there is in the air, the longer it will take to paint. In the winter, there is less moisture in the air which is the perfect condition for painting. Most people prefer painting when the temperature is warm in the hot summer months, and while this is good for exteriors, interiors are a different story. Higher levels of humidity can cause your paint to flake or crack over time which will lead to scheduling yet another paint job.

Humidity is naturally low in the winter which helps paint to form a stronger bond with the walls of a house. Humidity prevents even drying and often will prevent proper adhesion. Of course, rainy days occur even in the winter months which can increase humidity, but planning your paint job for clear sunny days will prevent that issue.

Beat The Outdoor Heat

The heat can drain you no matter what project are working on, be it a simple yard clean up or a full paint job. Instead of tiring yourself out in the summer heat, painting your home in the winter is much more refreshing. There is not much to do during the long winter days anyway, so why not get a jump on your spring or summer tasks by refreshing the look of your interior instead. Because you won’t be battling heat fatigue, your painting project will actually be completed much quicker and with fewer mistakes.

Lower Cost

While some families may choose to paint their homes on their own, many will hire a contractor or professional painter. Spring and summer are peak times for renovations, repairs, painting, and more. Like with any service, peak times translate to higher rates and slower service. Hiring a professional to paint your home in the winter will be cheaper and most likely easier to schedule. You can get flexible dates, affordable paint packages, and even get a few extras thrown in from the right contractor.

Pick The Right Products

Choosing the right products for your winter paint project is critical. Because there will be less ventilation, it is important to buy interior paint with a low fume or no fume formulation. Winter painting will also create a stronger bond with your walls, so it will last much longer than other paint jobs. Try to start your project as early in the day as possible to make the most of the daylight and to allow your paint ample time to dry.

Our Final Thoughts

There are a lot of reasons why winter is the best time to paint your house. Painting your home inside in the winter season may seem strange, but it actually makes a lot of sense. Not only will you have a refreshing new interior, but your wall paint will also last much longer. With the right planning, a high-quality fume-free paint, and a little bit of elbow grease, you can have a freshly painted home before spring blooms anew.

Superb Painting Omaha, NE

At Superb Painting, LLC we start by sanding & vacuuming the trim, crown, or cabinets using a trim brush attachment for our shop vac.  Cabinets may require more work removing hardware and laying them flat to spray so that you don’t get any paint runs.  We then use a tack cloth to further remove any sanding residue. Next, if the wood was previously stained, we apply an oil-based primer to help keep the stain from bleeding back through the paint.  After that, we do a light sanding/scuffing of the primer to make sure the first coat of paint gets good adherence to it.

Then we spray (or could brush) the first coat of trim paint such as Sherwin Williams Pro Classic.  After that, there is another light sanding/scuffing of the 1st layer of paint and then the final finish coat is sprayed (or brushed) on for a beautiful finish that lasts!   Contact us today for a FREE Estimate.

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