Can You Really Paint in the Cold Weather?
When most people think of painting, they think of spring, autumn, or even summer. Not many consider winter to be a good time to paint. That belief is not necessarily true. Interior and even exterior painting can be done in the colder weather.
Pros and Cons of Winter Painting
Of course, there are pros and cons of painting in the winter, but some of these factors also apply to summer painting. So weigh the benefits to determine whether to schedule your paint job in the winter.
- The job gets done faster. It’s a slow time for painting contractors, so they will likely be able to schedule the job quickly. Contractors have more painters available, so the project will be completed in a more timely manner.
- It may cost less. Again, because of winter being an off-season, many painting contractors offer discounts for projects completed during the winter months.
- Get ready for a spring home sale. Spring is the peak time for placing a home on the market. By getting the painting done during the winter, it eliminates the stress of getting it done before that For Sale sign goes up.
- Flexibility. Since painting companies have a more open schedule, there are more options to have the paint job done at a more convenient time.
- Faster drying time. Humidity extends the time required for paint to dry. Because there is normally less humidity in winter, especially indoors when the furnace is running, the paint will dry more quickly.
- Surface temperature. This factor mostly applies to exterior surfaces. Many professionals recommend a surface to be at least 50 degrees, but some types of paint can be applied to surfaces as low as 35 degrees. Every year, there are days and weeks in the St. Louis area that are well above 35 degrees. The temperature could also apply to interior surfaces if, for example, the heating vents are closed in the rooms to be painted. It’s advisable to open them at least a day ahead of applying any coatings.
- Paint consistency. Cold air affects the consistency of the paint, which is why it should always be stored in an area that is kept at least at 50 degrees. If the paint gets colder than that, it thickens, which negatively affects its bonding capability. The results can also be a wrinkled, unsmooth surface. There are additives that can be used to minimize the thickening of the paint.
What About the Paint Fumes?
It used to be that windows needed to be open to ventilate an interior area being painted. That’s no longer a concern with the low-VOC and zero VOC paints available. VOC stands for Volatile Organic Compounds. They are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. VOCs are emitted by a wide array of products numbering in the thousands.
With the introduction of quality paint that has low or zero VOC content, there are virtually no fumes, which means no health risks exist when painting indoors in an enclosed environment.
Why Wait Any Longer?
If a home or business is in need of a good paint job, don’t wait until the warm weather to get it done. Schedule that winter paint project with HBP Painting Contractors today! Located in O’Fallon, Missouri, they serve residents and commercial customers in cities within St. Charles and St. Louis counties.
HBP does residential interior and exterior painting, commercial painting, cabinet painting and specializes in applying faux finishes for a unique look. In business since 1983, they are the local experts for all painting needs.