Gloomy winter weather? Probably not the best option for a DIY painter

05/03/2019

When it comes to painting, it’s easy to think that you’ll be fine DIY-ing it. If you’re trying to save money on renovations, or perhaps this is your first-ever home, it can be tempting to take the easier option. However, as we head towards cooler months, the days get shorter and darker, bringing a lot more complications into the mix. So, why is it best to get a professional in during the gloomy winter months? Take a look below to find out.

 

It’s harder to paint accurately when it’s darker

 

Painting is a pretty hard task as it is, so it's important to make sure it's done properly the first time around. This is why we need to make sure we paint in a space with plenty of natural light available. When winter rolls around, the days shift significantly, meaning there’s only a short window to knock out all that painting while there's enough light around to do so. There may even be some days where it’s too dark to paint at all. Because of this, it's sometimes more efficient to enlist the help of a professional painter - one who knows how to work around the seasonal changes or find the best plan of attack.

 

You need to be aware of the temperatures

 

Did you know that your paint has to stay above a certain temperature for it to be useable? Cold weather rules apply when temperatures dip below 12°C. As the temperatures start to drop below that level, a lot of issues can start to pop up. One of the most significant problems is that the paint may not dry properly, which can lead to even more issues - like cracking, slow and inconsistent drying times, and a mismatched colour.

 

Professionals can help you avoid all this, as they’ll be able to assess the temperature before they jump in and also problem-solve to make sure you don’t run into any challenges with the change in temperature.

 

Watch out for fumes

 

In the colder months, it’s no secret that we usually close our windows to keep it warm inside. When we paint, we need to keep the area well ventilated before, during and after the painting process. This can be tricky when the temperatures are dropping, especially when it’s super cold outside, and it's far more tempting to curl up on the couch with all windows shut and the heater on full-blast.

 

Professional painters will thoroughly assess the current ventilation status and examine how to best keep you (and your house) safe during painting. More than anything, this is likely the most important factor to keep in mind - sometimes it pays to have a specialist helping hand on board.  When it comes to these potentially unhealthy scenarios, it’s often best to leave it to the experts.

 

Not sure where to start? Get in touch with our team to have your painting project sorted – no matter the time of year.