It is a beautiful time of year in North Texas. Many of the days are chilly in the morning, warming up to 60 or 70 during mid-day, and then cooling off again in the evening. However, if you’ve lived in Texas any length of time, you know the weather can be pretty unpredictable from week to week. On the topic of outdoor temperatures and weather patterns, our team is often asked about how it influences the types of exterior projects we can complete – a big one being exterior painting. Is it too late in the season to paint the exterior of your home? Typically, the answer is this: fall (and even late fall) is a fine time to complete exterior painting, but in Texas, it may be a little trickier to get it done as we transition to winter and more consistent cold weather.
Spring is only a few weeks away, and the weather in North Texas is already giving us a preview of what the upcoming stormy season holds. Just a few days ago, it reached nearly 80 degrees in DFW, followed by a bitter cold-front and heavy rain. The rollercoaster of high and low temperatures coupled with bouts of rain, winds, and hail can make it a harsh environment for outside structures such as your home. We say this every year, but as a team of home improvement professionals, we cannot stress enough how important it is to perform routine maintenance on your home’s exterior prior to the stormy seasons! Repairing, updating, and maintaining your home ahead of time will prevent much more serious issues down the road.
Summer will officially start this coming Friday, June 21st at 12:04am Central time, and the daylight hours will then start becoming shorter. Now is a great time to utilize the extra daylight to catch up on the home maintenance projects you may have been putting off, or just need to do.
Here are five ideas for you to consider:
This time of year I look at the exterior of a lot of homes for painting estimates. I see what happens to homes that had a coat of paint slapped on them compared to ones that were properly done. The paint jobs that are properly done last many years longer, protect siding and trim, and end up saving the homeowner thousands of dollars.
Here are a few tips to accomplish a proper paint job:
- Cut all the vegetation at least 18” away from the house
- Power wash the entire exterior, brick, gutters, walks and driveway
- Look closely at the trim and siding and replace or repair damage as needed
- Prime raw wood with a primer suitable for the paint you choose
- Caulk every siding and trim joint and edge. Caulk before painting, but never apply caulk to raw wood
- Use really good quality paint. We use Sherwin-Williams Super Paint.
- Consider changing the colors. New colors give the house a whole new feel that makes the painting investment more satisfying.
This week past weekend I went to the Hidden Garden Tour in Ft. Worth. Historic Fort Worth, Inc. holds the tour annually in the gardens of homes in the historic neighborhoods of Ft. Worth. This year they were in Park Hill and Ryan Place. Check out the very cool waterfalls!