Spring and Summer Painting Tips for Albertans

Spring and Summer Painting Tips for Albertans

It’s springtime. The sun is shining, the temperature is rising, and you just stepped out of the house and spent some quality time in the yard for the first time since the snow starting flying – only to be dismayed by the state of the paint on the sides of your house. Not only is it peeling and flaking off, but it’s also dingy and dirty. There’s no denying it – it’s time to repaint.

Before you get started painting your hours, there are a few things that you need to do. Here is the best way to begin, if you want the job done right:

1) Watch the weather.

You don’t want to paint your house, only to find out that it’s going to rain less than 12 hours later. Wait for at least 3 to 4 days worth of sunshine in order for everything to dry properly. The temperature should be that perfect spring mix of not too hot and not too cold (and not too humid.)

2) Use a power washer on the exterior of your house.

This will remove all of the caked on dirt and grime that has had a chance to accumulate over the winter. If necessary, you may need to apply a paint stripper in order to remove the top layer of paint, but in most cases, the power washer will take care of all of the flakes and other things that will keep your new coat of paint from adhering correctly.

3) Wait until the painting is complete before doing any gardening.

Your ladder and painting equipment will need to be as close to the house as possible, and unfortunately, that means that they will most likely end up in your flowerbeds. You can cover any greenery, like shrubs, with a tarp to protect them, but that doesn’t mean that the future site of your garden will not get torn up.

4) Test out your paint by applying it in the back corner of your house.

The color may end up being darker or lighter than it looks in the can, so if you end up not liking the way that it looks, it is better to find out before you’ve even begun. This will also give you a good idea of how long the paint will take to dry.

Painting a house is not easy, so if you feel intimidated taking on this project by yourself, contact us at Pride Paint & Tile for an estimate today!