The Impacts Weather Can Have on Exterior Painting

Yes, weather and exterior painting go hand in hand. It can be difficult to do a painting job in harsh weather conditions. So, what is the relationship between weather and exterior painting?

Luckily, we see over 300 days of sunshine here in the valley of the sun. We usually have the most perfect weather to get the job done. Yes, Phoenix does see extreme heat in the summer and get some crazy thunderstorms (we will discuss this below), but East Valley Painters is still able to get the job done in these conditions.

Rain

We do see a few rainy days across the valley, but how does this affect exterior painting? Obviously, we can’t paint when it is raining out. But how long after do we need to wait after the storm has cleared? It all depends on the surface and the shape it is in. Do you have stucco and Is it In good shape? A light rain should only impact the job for the day if that. Get lots of rain and have wood? We will need to wait almost 3 full days. Remember, the surface needs to be dry to do the job. If not, the paint can bubble, blister, or peel. A moisture meter can be used to determine if the surface is dry enough.

Monsoon

In Phoenix, the summer months bring us monsoons. This isn’t just rain, but also wind and dust storms. This is unusual around the country, but very common in Phoenix. They usually pop-up in the late afternoon and evening, but does this still impact your paint job?

At East Valley Painters, we like to start early so we are usually done by the time the storms move in. However, we still watch the radar so that we have plenty of time to clean-up before the thunderstorm approaches.

When your home is it with a dust storm, we will always spray off any dust or dirt before resuming the job.

Extreme Heat

It is not uncommon to see triple digits for 100 days out of the year in Phoenix. It can get really hot and yes it is hard on the workers, but with years of experience working in the sun, they know how to deal. We try to adjust our hours to work earlier in the day to get the job done, when it is cooler and have plenty of sunlight. But does the heat have any impact on the paint?

Yes, high temperatures can stop the paint from binding together properly, causing peels and cracks. This is why we like to start the job before it reaches the highest temperature of the day. Luckily, we don’t have much humidity here in Phoenix to impact the drying process. The gentle breezes we see often helps speed up the drying process up.

East Valley Painters

For the past 30 years, East Valley Painters has proudly served Sun Lakes, Ahwatukee, Gilbert, Chandler, and east valley cities. Our team of painters will ensure that the job is done right and has the experience applying not just exterior paint, but also exterior protective paint coatings to protect your paint from extreme weather conditions.

Calli Varner
Calli Varner

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