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Why fall is the best season for interior and exterior painting?
Fall is an amazing season for many different reasons including the comfortably warm but cool, crisp weather, which is perfect for tackling some of those home improvement projects.
Do you have any last minute interior or exterior project that you’d like to tackle before winter comes? Well, it’s not to late to contact your favorite Lake Minnetonka painting contractors at M Carlson Painting.
It is often assumed that painting can only be done during warm weather, but autumn and winter are some of the best seasons for tackling interior painting projects.
Fall and winter are typically slower seasons for painting contractors, which means you’re more likely to get a better bid if you tackle your interior painting projects during these seasons rather than during the busy summer months.
What makes autumn and winter the best seasons for interior painting?
During these seasons it’s easier to control and regulate the temperatures that are required for optimal paint drying conditions compared to exterior projects. Ideally paint should be applied at 60 degrees Fahrenheit and shouldn’t drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Compared to exterior painting projects, these temperatures can be easily controlled by utilizing your central heating system. It is suggested that homeowners turn up their thermostat to about 60 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit before painting crews arrive, and keep it there for approximately 36 hours after they’ve finished.
Fall and winter are also great seasons to do interior painting projects because there’s less humidity in the air compared to the summer months.
If the humidity is too high, paint had trouble drying, which is why it’s important to check and set your thermostat properly before starting any interior painting project. The optimal range for humidity for interior painting jobs is between 40 to 50 percent.
Running a heater and dehumidifier, in addition to turning up your central heating system, will ensure that your paint dries perfectly.
It is also important to remember to have proper ventilation when your painting contactors are doing an interior painting job during the fall and winter. Opening up a few windows will help, but you don’t need to open up every window in a room your painting in to ensure proper ventilation.
Opening up a few windows for air circulation is especially important if your painting contractors are working with enamel paint, which provides a hard, glossing and opaque finish.
Using a fan will also provide extra air circulation, but make sure it’s clean and free of dust and other particles, which can land on the paint and get stuck.
Autumn is one of the last seasons of the year where exterior painting projects can be done. Late spring and summer are typically the seasons when you want to be doing exterior painting, but these projects can still be done through October, depending on the weather.
A general rule of thumb for exterior painting is that the ambient temperature must not drop below 50 degrees Fahrenheit, but some premium paints can be applied to as low as 35 degrees Fahrenheit.
Oil-based paint can be applied when the temperatures are between 40 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit and latex between 50-85 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fall is also a great time to complete those exterior painting projects because the humidity is lower, which allows the paint to dry properly. Optimal relative humidity levels for exterior painting tend to be between 40 to 70 percent.
Whatever the time of year, M. Carlson Painting is ready to help you with a variety of commercial or home improvement projects.
Deck stain is an important step for proper maintenance of your deck. The elements can cause a deck to break down the stain, which leaves the wood with very little protection. Unprotected wood can begin to split and rot, which means replacing the deck, instead of only having to refinish your deck. Here are some staining tips that will make your deck look like new once the staining is completed.
The most important process when doing home exterior tasks, including applying the deck stain is to take your time. Staining the deck requires preparations to ensure it looks good after the stain has been applied. If the deck is new, allow time for the lumber to dry out before attempting to stain it. If it is an older deck, carefully inspect it for stains and bad spots in the wood.
Cleaning the Deck
Before applying deck stain, the entire deck should be thoroughly cleaned. Remove all furniture and accessories from the deck. If there are old stains on the wood, you may need to use a stain stripper. Follow the directions carefully on the stripper. If the stains are still there after using stripper and the deck has dried, use a sander to remove the stain, but be careful to not sand too deep into the wood. Once all of the stains have been removed use a power washer to clean the entire deck. If you do not have a power washer, a stiff broom and dish detergent will also work. Thoroughly rinse with clean water and allow complete drying.
Choosing the Stain
There are several types of deck stain to choose from, so take your time and read the labels. Keep in mind that less expensive stain may not give the results you are looking for. Choose a color that closely resembles the wood. It is best to use fairly transparent stain to allow the wood grain to show through as well as allow the wood to breathe. Make sure to read the label to find out how many coats are recommended, drying time and expected life span of the stain after it has been applied.
Less is More
Applying stain to thick or too many layers may cause it to peel and flake over time. The amount of stain applied should not be more than the wood can absorb. If you are not comfortable with this step of the staining process, contact a local painting contractor to apply the stain for you. It will not only save time, but is assurance the stain will be applied correctly. If you are comfortable applying the stain, take your time and use quality equipment. There are several ways to apply deck stain, but a brush is typically the most recommended, because you have better control over the strokes as well as the thickness of the stain.
Remember, if you take your time, your deck will not only look great, but will have the protection it needs to survive the elements.