Delete the half-timbered house - what you absolutely must know


Color was available at half-timbered houses quite early - both as weather protection and for beautification. Even today, painting is often necessary. But you have to pay attention to some basic things especially in half-timbered houses. Read more here.

Unsuitable materials

When painting a half-timbered house - this applies to all painting work in or around the house - suitable materials must be used. Inappropriate paints, dispersions or paints can cause severe damage to the house.

In principle, all layer-forming materials are unsuitable. They are very comfortable and are used very often in modern homes - in the half-timbered house, these materials can have devastating effects.

In addition to the layer-forming coatings, which should not be used under any circumstances, painting work with highly diffusion-resistant materials should also be avoided as far as possible.

Classic painting materials

In former times, one used outstandingly suitable colors: these were usually low-viscosity, pigmented linings of linseed oil. On the visible sides, on the other hand, specially refined lime paints were often used, so-called casein paints.

Both materials are still available today, and actually the best that can be used in a half-timbered house. Their disadvantage, however, is that they have to be repainted very often.

Comparison of colors and paints

As the half-timbered house definitely requires a very high diffusion density, it is easy to look at the modern colors available today based on their diffusion density in order to determine their suitability.

The least suitable are oil and synthetic resin paints - the value for their diffusibility is just 12. All wipe-resistant glue wall paints and casein wall paints are very suitable, with the diffusion value at 95 being very good.

Mineral and silicate façade paints still have a diffusion value of 92, while silicone façade paints have an acceptable value of 85. However, individual products may still have components that do not look good on the building fabric. In case of doubt, one should inform oneself here with a really experienced expert for half-timbered houses.

The values ​​of acrylic resin paints, dispersions and latex paints are already so low that they can no longer be considered suitable. If possible, do not use these colors.

Paint beams and wood paneling

For the painting of the beams and wood coverings also diffusion-open, non-film-forming paints must be used. So-called half oil coatings are also well suited.

If the beams are made of untreated, still intact oak wood, usually no protective coating is necessary at all. The natural weather protection capabilities of untreated oak are sufficient in any case. If it is nevertheless deleted, one should use as thin as possible layers of low-viscosity glazes, which must not be layer-forming (this would irretrievably destroy the wood)

Tips & Tricks

In the case of windows, doors and shutters, one can use all other wood finishes that are otherwise used, but it is best to stay true to the paints chosen for the beams and cladding. This is not only better for the appearance, but also saves additional costs for other painting materials.


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