Should You Consider Painting Your House During Winter?

Should You Consider Painting Your House During Winter?

House painting is typically done during mild weather, but it doesn’t mean you can’t do it any other time of the year. Here are the reasons why roof painting during the winter season is not a bad idea.

It’s Easier to Find a Good Contractor

Summer is the peak season for building, Jacksonville roofers, and remodeling contractors. This means if you are planning on any kind of home improvement during the summer break, you need to book it months ahead. Otherwise, your list of available professional painters will be very short. Having your house painting done during off-peak season will give you a better selection, perhaps even on short notice.

If you choose to paint your house yourself, you have to take certain precautions to make sure you get the best results, particularly when exterior painting is involved. Keep an eye on air and surface temperatures as most types of paint need to cure at about 35 degrees or higher. If upper-story walls are part of your exterior painting project, you’d be risking injury unless you have safety training and equipment. It should be left to professionals.

Paint Dries Faster

Humidity levels are generally low during the winter season, which helps paint dry faster. This is ideal when you’re painting your home’s exterior and have a limited window of time to paint, or you are indoors and need to open the windows for ventilation. You may have to allow for a bit of heat loss as your paint dries, but the tradeoff – quicker drying means fewer fumes – is worth it. Comparatively, humidity levels are high during the summer season.

You’ll Be Up to Date With Color Trends

Design publications typically announce upcoming trends towards the end of the year. Doing your house painting around the same time gives you the option to be ahead of the curve by incorporating the trendiest color combinations into your home’s color palette.

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Dealing With Crawl Space Moisture Buildup

Dealing With Crawl Space Moisture Buildup

A crawl space is a narrow space that is unoccupied and unfinished in a home. It serves as a buffer between the first floor of the house and the ground. It’s about 3.5 feet from top to bottom, so it’s just enough for someone to crawl through, hence the term “crawl space”. As a buffer, it protects the home’s inhabitants from dampness in the ground.

The problem with crawl spaces is that, while they protect the rest of the home above from ground moisture, they also tend to harbor all that moisture. Moisture is bad news for your home if it stays long enough.

Why Moisture Stays in a Crawl Space

There are different reasons that lead to excessive moisture or moisture that won’t go away in a crawl space. The most common culprit is poor waterproofing that fails to protect the foundation of the home from moisture penetration. It’s also possible for the water to come from a broken pipe in your plumbing system. 

However, some causes are beyond the homeowner’s control. For example, if your home is built in an area that’s prone to flooding or if unusually strong rains have saturated the ground. Condensation is another source of the problem.

What Happens When Moisture Stays in a Crawl Space?

You might think that moisture in your crawl space doesn’t deserve your attention as long as it stays in your crawl space. However, the problem is that moisture in your crawl space doesn’t limit its effects there. 

Mold thrives where moisture and darkness are present. Mold is a threat to health as the air from the crawlspace rises and enters your home. 

Your home has support beams, and they’re in your crawl space. Moisture can cause those beams to rot. If you have wood floors, they can be affected as well. Repairing rotted wood is often expensive.

How to Prevent Moisture Buildup in a Crawl Space

It’s advisable to contact home waterproofing experts to prevent water from entering your home, including the crawl spaces. Keeping water out is easier and better than taking it out. 

However, if there is water in your crawl space already, you can invest in a sump pump to remove it. A crawl space dehumidifier can make the area even drier. 

Prevent water penetration with home exterior renovations by a professional. Get in touch with Stonebridge Roofing, Waterproofing, and Exteriors. Call us today at (904) 262-6636.