Winter painting projects for your home’s interior
When we think of painting our home, we generally dream of warm weather, cold brews and semi-productive weekend days. But that’s really reserved for your home’s exterior. You don’t want to paint your home’s exterior in the winter. There are people who ask… and people who do. There are even winter-grade paints that can withstand brutality down the 35 degrees, but it really begs the question “why”.
You’ll likely end up with cracks and anomalies even if you are following the most dedicated daytime light hours and temperature guidelines - waiting for the slight breeze and sunlit afternoons. Good luck. At least your errors may only be visible in direct sunlight.
But if you’ve got an interior paint job, this winter is the perfect time to get it done. Here’s a few ideas on why.
Your project moves faster
When diving into exterior painting jobs, your work time is governed by the sun. When it comes up the clock starts ticking and when it goes down your hour glass runs out. When you bundle in your clean up and prep time, it can make for a long haul with large projects. You really don’t want to paint at night for reason of quality, moisture and safety.
But with interior jobs, even if your natural light source drops before 5pm, you can still have a painter work from nine to 5 (or later) with no problem at all. You are indoors; the sun doesn’t matter and you have more flexibility to carry on through the job.
You don’t have to open all the windows
Yes, paint fumes may linger and you should always be aware of them - depending on the paint, the fumes can be an extra joy to be around even with all the windows open. But the truth is that you don’t need to throw open every window in a room you’re painting in; you just need to ensure proper ventilation. Your heating bill shouldn’t be affected too much and if its early enough in the season, you might enjoy the crisp, fresh air.
Winter Air Is Great For Curing Paint
While we all love the summer time, there are parts about painting in it that contractors do not enjoy. One major factor in that is that humid summer air. The more humid it is outside, the longer you have to wait for the paint to dry. That holds up jobs, adds time to tasks, and generally makes an interior painting job a bit more expensive than it normally would be. But in the winter, with just a small crack of the window, those problems fade quickly.
You may get a better deal
The winter, for some painters, can be a slower time of year. Generally speaking, painting contractors will have a busy summer and work overtime to stash away for the winter slow down. This of course depends on the contractor and where their focus is but you can certainly find some better rates in the colder months. This isn’t to say that we’re offering discounts, but since we’re not booked completely like most painting contractors are in the warmer months, you may get a lower bid.
It’s a wise use of your time
Lastly, there is another benefit that you may not have considered. By thinking about your interior painting projects during the winter months and getting them out of the way, you’ll be able to free up more time and money to focus on summer projects and other jobs that require the warmer weather environment.
So, this winter, don’t just stare at the walls; paint them and update your home!
Looking to Hire a Pro?
If you would to paint your home this winter season, talk to our team at Elite Finisher. Our painting pros can help you find the best colors to refresh your exterior and aspects of your home. Contact us today for a free quote.