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It’s that time of year again, Atlantans! The time of year when the leaves are turning, we pull out our winter clothes at the first hint of cold air and we keep a 5 mile radius between us and Lenox. But before you jump into holiday decorating and gift buying, did you know late fall and winter (when you live in Atlanta) can be the best time to paint your home? Here, the top 3 reasons to paint your house before Christmas.
Reason 1: Atlanta Weather is Perfect for a Paint Job
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Summer used to be considered high season for painting homes’ exteriors but with advancements in paint and Atlanta’s temperate falls and early winters, homeowners can skip busy season and knock out their project before winter’s first freeze. Sherwin Williams suggests painting before temperatures drop below 35 degrees. With the 35 degree cutoff, you still want to make sure that you and your painters check the weather before beginning work. Even if it’s above 35 degrees today, you also want to make sure it’s not dropping below that tomorrow. Experts from Sherwin Williams suggest that temperature should be in the suggested range for at least 48 hours after the application so the paint film can form correctly.
Reason 2: Paint Technology (Yes, That’s a Thing) Has Never Been Better
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The paint we’re using today is better than it has ever been and because of that, is better suited for shoulder season projects. In the past, paints weren’t recommended to be used when it was below 50 degrees (versus today’s 35 degree cutoff). And beyond that, the paint itself can hold up better to harsher environmental conditions, like scorching summer heat or the odd snowpocalypse. Don’t skimp on quality paint. Good paint like Behr’s Marquee or Benjamin Moore’s Aura costs more than their budget-friendly alternatives but will last longer and extend the life of your paint job.
Reason 3: Holiday Entertaining
Last but certainly not least, if you’re planning to host family and friends in your home for the holiday season, now is certainly the time for an update. If you missed fall curb appeal, there’s still time to update your home. Before you put up the lights, put on a fresh coat of paint. We bet they’ll sparkle even brighter because of it!
Do you have any last home upgrade projects planned before closing out 2015? Have you ever painted your house before the holiday season? Tell us!