Painting the exterior of houses and buildings is typically reserved for the spring and summer seasons. Paint can dry faster in the warm, dry weather of summer than the cold, damp weather of winter. If your paint job can wait a few months until spring then that is the safest option. But, what if you really need to get an exterior paint job done right now? Perhaps you are moving for a job transfer and need to sell your house.
There are parts of the country where it is possible to do some exterior painting during the winter. To find out if you live in one of those areas, take a look at the temperature range and precipitation patterns in your area. It is also important to consider the scope of work needed and how that will impact the project. If you are still on the fence about whether or not you should paint the exterior of your home in the winter, get the advice of a local professional.
Temperature range in your area
Below a certain temperature paint will not properly adhere to the exterior of your house. If you try and paint when it drops below that minimum temperature you will be disappointed with your results. For oil based paint the lowest recommended temperature is 40° and for latex that number is 50°. If the temperature range in your area is routinely at or below the minimum temp for the paint you want to use then winter is not a good time for an exterior paint project.
Precipitation patterns in your area
Pouring rain and a fresh coat of exterior paint are two things that do not go together. The weather can be unpredictable but you still need to pay attention to the precipitation patterns in your area when you are thinking about an exterior paint project. Does your part of the country experience a lot of precipitation during the winter? If so, you should postpone your project until things have dried up.
Extent of the work
The extent of the work you need done on the exterior of your house can also impact what time of year you should plan the project. Some exterior paint projects require extensive repair work before the actual painting ever starts. This could include scraping, sanding, filling holes, and replacing planks. Certain elements of this process leave your siding more vulnerable to the elements. If weather conditions are less than optimal you may end up with siding that is worse off than it was before you started the project. When an exterior paint project has an extensive scope of work you need to consider what types of elements the siding will be exposed to.
A professional painting contractor can help you consider all of these elements and others. If you go with someone local you can discuss the possibility of exterior paint projects in your area during the winter. Painting the outside of a house or building during the winter is not ideal for most parts of the country. But, if you live in a temperate and dry area you may be able to squeeze in an exterior paint project this winter.