A quality painting job starts with the right temperature outside.
It takes a few days for paint to set, and the weather needs to be consistent for it to dry properly. Because of this, even if it’s nice outside during the day, a cold night could prevent paint from drying as it should. It might sound like a lot to consider, but planning according to the weather is how we’re able to deliver a beautiful paint job the first time and avoid having to repaint it a few days later.
How Does Temperature Affect Paint?
Generally speaking, the best temperature for painting is between 40-90 degrees, with 50-70 degrees typically being the most ideal.
So, what can happen if it’s too cold? Should the temperature be too low, not only will the paint take longer to dry, but it can also shorten the paint’s lifespan. If dew forms on the building’s exterior, it can cause the water in the paint to take longer to evaporate and, as a result, change its consistency.
On the other hand, if it’s too hot, the paint might dry too fast, making it difficult for it to bond, which can cause blisters and bubbles. Not only that, but once it’s dry, the paint may begin to peel off from the wall.
All in all, temperatures impact a paint’s durability and its resistance to cracking.
The Best Times To Paint Your Commercial Building In Florida
October through March would be the best time to paint your commercial property in Florida.
During winter, the weather is usually sunny and mild, with little wind and rain. A low humidity level and a warm, consistent temperature mean paint can dry evenly and quickly.
If you’re not able to take on a painting project during winter, your next best option is spring. During spring, humidity levels are still relatively low. Surfaces will be less likely to trap moisture, and paint will properly dry.
The Worst Times To Paint Your Commercial Building In Florida
Without a doubt, the worst times to paint in Florida are summer and fall. If you decide to paint your commercial property during these seasons, there are several things to consider.
In the summer, you won’t only be dealing with hurricane warnings, unexpected rain, and windy conditions. When it’s too hot outdoors, it’s harder for paint to fully bind, causing it to peel and crack. Summer’s high humidity levels can actually slow down the drying process. If too much moisture is trapped between the paint and the surface it can lead to a bubbly, faulty finish.
Despite dropping temperatures and less heat than in summer, fall is not an ideal time to paint. Although humidity levels have dropped, they’re not as low as they would be in spring. As the weather continues to be unpredictable, there’s still the chance for one last hurricane or tropical storm to form.
Count On Our Commercial Painting Experts
Commercial Painting projects are most successful when the painters are professionals and the timing is perfect. With more than 28 years of experience in Florida, we know how to work with the state’s unpredictable weather.
Contact Sepi Painting today for a free estimate!