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Indoors, Outdoors, Upstairs, and Downstairs: How Each Surface Is Painted by Contractors

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Residential painting contractors paint all surfaces of a home, with the exception of floors. They will paint the walls upstairs and downstairs and the ceilings in every room of your home, and they will paint the exterior as well if you so desire. Yet, you probably did not know is that each of these painting projects has its own unique set of requirements. As you begin the hunt for house painters, be aware of the following. 

Upstairs Walls May Only Be Painted on Warmer Days or in Warmer Climes

Your furnace has to work harder when circulating warm air throughout your house. Second floors are difficult to keep at a constant temperature because the heated air does not always rise up consistently, nor does it consistently heat every room the same way. As a result, some of your upstairs rooms may be colder than the rooms downstairs, and painters need a consistent temperature in the rooms where you want them to paint. Unless you live in a state/area where the daytime temperatures are consistently seventy degrees and above, your upstairs rooms may have to wait to be painted until the warmer weather makes these rooms more temperate (or until your furnace and ventilation system makes these rooms consistently warm). 

Ceiling Painting Is Grueling, Tedious, and Messy

If you have never tried to paint a ceiling, you probably are not aware of how difficult it is. You are dealing with a liquid (i.e., paint) that is rolled across a horizontal surface that runs perpendicular to the force of gravity. This requires your entire room to be emptied of furniture and the floor and walls to be covered in plastic to avoid dripping paint on them by accident. Usually, two coats of paint are applied to the ceiling, along with a primer (unless your contractor uses paint and primer in one). It has to dry in between coats, so the job could take up to three days, but it can be completed in two (two days per ceiling).

Exterior Painting Is Usually Only Done in Summer

Exterior home painting definitely relies on the heat of summer and the length of the daytime sun to be completed. You would not paint during winter, when the cold would freeze the paint and it would not adhere, nor would you paint in spring or fall, when excessive rain would wash the paint away before it has a chance to dry. Additionally, the longer days of summer enable painting contractors to work longer hours and complete the whole job in fewer days. 

Contact a residential painting service like Braendel Painting for more information.