Exterior Painting Tips
Denver Colorado and Front Range offers several days painting exteriors throughout the year, even during the Winter months. Below, a few tips painting during these times. Denver and Colorado house painting season is normally Spring and Summer, and is generally thought as the best time to paint. While inside, most people think of interior house painting services during the Winter months, all for many different reasons. Exterior house painting is on most minds during this time. Enjoying more time outside, homeowners have the ability to inspect exterior siding and paint. Although painting in Denver, mild Winter temperatures in Denver and Colorado Front Range, painting the exterior of a home or business can be accomplished year round. In Colorado's high country, this is a different story.
Only Spring, Summer, and early Fall months are best suited for exterior painting in Colorado's high country, with high snow drifts, freezing temperatures, and uncertain weather conditions. Not allowing to paint until the snow is off the roof tops.
A little more creativity is given during Winter months, finishing exterior painting in Colorado. The following items require more creativity painting from October to February in Denver and Colorado's Front Range, which also allows advantages painting the exterior during the Winter months.
This photo was taken just after finishing an exterior painting job in Parker, and a day after a few inches of snowfall. The roof is quickly melting, and all this snow is soon to be gone, allowing another premium time to paint during the Winter, providing another snow fall is not around the corner.
1) Shorter days - Normally Denver painters like to start from 7-8am., and as early as possible painting a home's exterior, however as Colorado time changes around Halloween in late October, Denver painters must wait till 8-9am. to start using exterior paint. Halloween is the countdown time we normally see our first snowfall, sometimes a few weeks earlier or later, October can offer some amounts of snow. Surface temperatures are generally 10 degrees cooler than the ambient temperature, thus requiring a 45 degree temperature to apply exterior paint.
2) Follow Sun rays - Following the Sun's rays is the best way to insure warmest substrate temperature during the Winter months, just as being the opposite from Summer months, Denver painters always look for the coolest side, out of the Sun to apply exterior paint. In the direct Sun, surface temperatures are generally 10-15 degrees warmer than shade, making it perfect to paint in direct Sunlight during the Winter season.
3) Waiting for snow to melt - Most thoughts of Denver Colorado and tons of snow fall, is the same as everyone in Texas wears a Cowboy hat, however this is certainly not the case for either state. On rare occasions, Denver and Colorado's Front Range receives it's share of snowfall, as we desperately need it. Although, with Colorado's arid and low humidity climate, Snow fall is gone in a few days in direct Sunlight. Painting the exterior, all snow must be off the roofs, not having to wait very long for this to happen, as rooftops are generally in direct Sunlight.
4) Low Temp Exterior Paint - Painting a home's exterior during the Winter months, a good characteristic in a high quality exterior paint is having a Low Temp additive mixed in the paint. Sherwin-Williams and Kwal-Howell provide these additives that come pre-mixed, adding to the value and durability of paint and it's curing. Low Temp additives are invisible and paint quality is not affected. The only difference allows quicker drying rates, as in all house paint, paint dries slower in cooler temperatures, than warmer ones. Painting a metal door during these temperatures should be dealt with some constant observation. Applying exterior or interior paint for that matter should be done during the warmest part of the day. Allowing the paint to cure and set-up before temperatures start to drop. Metal surfaces tend to conduct and hold ambient temps. the longest, whereby not allowing the paint to dry before it runs or sags. I know, because I've been there. Generally the front door is the last thing to paint on an exterior, but not so much during the Winter. Exterior Front doors should be painted during the most optimum weather conditions and temperatures.
5) Exterior House Paints - In Denver, painting one's exterior, Colorado offers premium exterior painting conditions, in all seasons. Having a very dry and desert climate, it is very rare Colorado has high humidity, and ever a concern. A home's exterior house paint generally dries to the touch within 15-20 minutes on an optimum day with 55 degree temperatures. This time tends to increase the cooler it gets, and is the main reason most Denver painters shut down painting operations around 3-4pm. during the Winter time, giving ample time for the new exterior painting coatings to dry properly, before the temperature drops to their lowest through the night. Knowing proper exterior paint drying rates is a plus for a long lasting exterior painting finish.
6) Exterior Touch-Ups - The best advice painting interiors or exteriors is using the same method first used. This can be done by spraying left-over product back into the paint can, which allows a brush touching up a spray finish much better. Touching up paint finishes should also be accomplished during the same or close to the same temperatures first used. These areas can affect paint color sheen, so keeping accurate records and notes of a painting project is always a plus.
7) Exterior Painting Costs - Painting a home's exterior during the Winter time is generally the same as the peak painting season, although taking a little longer painting an exterior due to reasons listed above. There may be particular reasons to paint during the Winter months, such as buying or selling a home, adding a paint color to personalize one's exterior, and all this can be done just as easily as warmer months, adding a couple more days to finish than the Summer has to offer, while exterior paint pricing should stay the same year round, as most painting contractors, would agree.
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Exterior painting is not out of the question for painting Denver and surrounding areas, although having interior house painters is on the hearts and minds of local homeowners surrounding Denver and the Front Range. Picking an optimum day is always first on the list for Eco Paint of Denver, painting exteriors, and Winter months offers many premium exterior painting time with the mild cool climate Denver has to offer. If you have any house painting questions, Cal Phillips and Eco Paint, Inc. welcomes any and all house painting topics. Contact Cal Phillips today at 303.591.4978 and or online at Painting Denver.