Quick post on the best time of the year to paint the exterior of your home in Tucson. This question is often asked by clients who plan to relocate outside of Tucson and need to prep up their home for a listing to get the best money possible, and by clients who have just acquired a home or consider buying a home that has not been repainted in a decade.
I turned to 3 of the professional painters I know in town, and their answers are pretty consistent:
“You can paint the exterior of your house throughout the year, but the best time is during fall (October-November). Check the weather for possible rain and work with your contractor for him to come only when the forecast predicts several days of dry ahead.”
According to another painter: “Don’t paint in summer, especially if your home is in direct sunlight. Paint will dry up too quickly. Avoid winter when temps go below 40°F. And avoid whenever there is heavy moisture or dew: your paint will fail to protect your home.”
An experienced painter mentioned something specifically about wood and fascia: “Summer beats the crap out of a wood fascia. Tucson temps reach well into the 100s in summer. Wood is especially sensitive to variation in temperatures. It expands and contracts, and it makes the paint brittle. On top of it, the sun dries out the paint, which accentuates the problem.”
The website of another painter states: “A general rule of thumb is that oil-based paint can be applied when the temperatures are between 40°- 90° F and latex between 50°- 85° F. The drying process will unfold best when the relative humidity is 40% to 70%.”
Paint manufacturers warn that extreme temperatures (both low and high) will cause the paint to not bind properly. As a result, it cracks and peels. Latex paints will also dry too quickly under the harsh summer sun, and won’t brush properly.
So there you go: paint your home exterior in the fall or in springtime.
REALTOR®, Associate Broker
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