There’s plenty that we personally do to prepare for the winter season. Especially at this time of year, we may be decorating Christmas trees, and making plenty of preparations for holiday gatherings ahead. As the cold months continue, we’ll be dressing in several layers to brace ourselves for the frigid snow and temperatures we will constantly be confronted with. But one thing we may not immediately think of that needs just as much winter preparations as we do, is our home.

It goes without saying that winter is the time for unpredictable weather (by California standards!). And with winter, comes plenty of moisture, moisture that can cause damage to our houses if they aren’t properly painted and sealed.

While you’re thinking about hanging out those outdoor holiday lights and placing wreaths on your front door, you should also be thinking about protecting your home as best as possible from weather winter is famous for.

It’s crucial to remember that the weather has to be on your side in order to get the best quality paint job. Ideal temperatures for painting are when the weather is between 50-90 degrees. When it’s too hot outside, paint will dry too quickly, and when it is too cold outside, the paint may not properly adhere to the surface of your home. It’s also best that you not paint when it is excessively windy or if there is even the slightest possibility of rain. Dampness or dewiness can bubble the surface of the paint. So the next warmer day on the calendar, set it aside to give your house a fresh coat of paint.

Ensuring that windows and doors are properly sealed is another simple way to protect your home throughout winter. Not only will this prevent excessive moisture from residing in your house, but it will also minimize the amount of heat that escapes the interior of your home. This can be done by applying caulking to the joints and seams of your home.

Now is the time to be proactive and make sure your home has what it takes to properly fight the circumstances that winter has in store. Prevent structural damage and take these steps now to get you and your family safely through this winter and many winters to come. For more information and suggestions on how to properly seal your home, don’t hesitate to contact Stanford Painting at 650-321-9302 or at stanfordpainting@sbcglobal.net.