How to paint your home’s exterior in autumn
If you missed the opportunity to paint your home over summer, you don’t need to wait until next year - exterior house painting in autumn and winter is easy if you follow these Auckland Master Painter top tips.
Maintaining the exterior paintwork of your house is important for preserving a tidy appearance. Contrary to popular belief, you can paint your house throughout the year – even in the cold winter months, meaning you won’t be tied up with a house painting project next summer.
Homeowners often have concerns about cold temperatures affecting the quality of exterior house painting, or delays caused by inclement weather. While there are some challenges, by working with a skilled painting contractor using the right products you can successfully paint your house in the colder months.
If you’d like to spend next summer enjoying your home (rather than looking at tired paintwork), get the job done over winter. Here are our three reasons why it’s no problem to paint during autumn and winter
1. Winter days are mostly dry days
Let’s face it, New Zealand’s winter temperatures are pretty mild compared to many parts of the world. In Auckland, winter temperatures rarely drop below 10C during the day.
2. Wintergrade paints
Paint companies have made great advances in paints that perform well at low temperatures. These “low temperature compatible” products address the challenges of winter painting and make the effects of cold weather on application and performance a thing of the past.
Wall Treats use the Resene Wintergrade range of products, which are designed to cure as low as 2°C. While normal paint can’t form a proper film at low temperatures (and in some cases the paint film can crack or dry to a powder), the technology of Wintergrade products ensures that optimum performance is maintained.
3. Painting in winter doesn’t have to be more expensive
Working with a professional house painting company who can efficiently manage projects and scaffolding time will go a long way to ensuring winter projects come in at about the same cost as summer projects.
A savvy house painter knows the best way to manage the longer drying times of winter. It is best to start painting after 9am to avoid the morning dew and stop painting before late afternoon to allow plenty of drying time before the temperature drops.
A note about scaffolding
Customers often have concerns about increased scaffolding hire costs because of the shorter working days of winter. The biggest cost in scaffolding is the setting up. We recently had a customer receive a scaffolding quote for $5,800+GST. After breaking down the costs of the setting up and initial two-week hire, the subsequent scaffolding hire portion came in at just $360+GST per week.
As a leading Auckland house painting company, Wall Treats has procedures in place to ensure projects are carried out as efficiently as possible. We do this to help minimise timeframes and scaffolding hire time on all projects.
Keen to paint your home's exterior this winter? Contact us now to book a consultation.
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