Your home’s curb appeal not only impacts its value but also affects how much you enjoy your home. A gorgeous and pristine house exterior can really lift your spirits every time you arrive home, and it can give you a sense of pride and joy. If you’re looking to give your home’s exterior a face-lift, painting it is a great option that will make it look new and modern.
Whether you’re trying to sell your home or just tired of looking at that old, drab paint job, we’re here to help. We’ll discuss how to paint the exterior of your house like a pro.
What’s the best time of year to paint a house exterior?
You may think that summer is the best time to paint your home’s exterior, but hot and humid conditions actually aren’t ideal for outdoor painting. Those conditions can negatively affect the end result of your paint job.
The best seasons to paint the exterior of your house are actually late spring and early fall, as long as the weather forecast is clear for several days. Your paint will need time to dry, so ideal conditions are:
- 50-85 degrees F
- 50% humidity
- Clear skies
What type of paint should be used on the exterior of your house?
You should never use indoor paint on your house’s exterior, as it is not designed to withstand harsh conditions like hours of sunlight or wind, rain, and snow. If you use indoor paint on your exterior, you’ll find that it will:
- Chip, flake, or peel quickly
- Turn chalky or powdery
- Fade from sun exposure
There are a few different options for exterior paint, and it’s best to use the same type that’s currently on the exterior. If the previous paint job was done with an oil-based paint, for example, and you cover it with latex paint, you’ll find that the new coat will peel off quickly.