Summer is generally thought of as a good time to paint. There are a number of reasons why summer is the high season for painting but there are also potential problems that time of year. If you have missed your opportunity to get a fresh coat of paint on the exterior of your home before summer ends, don’t worry. There are other seasons when it is possible the get a high quality exterior paint job completed as long as you keep a few factors in mind.
Reasons why summer is a good time for painting
The two main reasons summer is considered a good time for painting is the temperature and the sunshine. Warm weather creates a situation where paint can dry quickly and start hardening with minimal opportunity for damage. You can avoid potential problems like debris getting stuck to the paint or unintentional bumps creating damage when the paint dries quickly. For many areas of the country summer also comes with an increase in sunshine. More days of sunshine mean less potential issues with precipitation during your exterior paint job. Rain and exterior paint projects do not mix well so summertime stands out as a great time to tackle exterior painting projects.
Potential problems when painting in summer
The two things that make summer a great time to paint-warm weather and sunshine-can also cause problems for your exterior paint job. Warm weather is great for exterior paint projects but excessively hot weather can be problematic. If the paint dries too fast because of the temperature then you may find it difficult to get an even coat on the house. When the sun is shining directly on a surface of your house it can drastically increase the surface temperature-even above the listed outside temperature. This can push the surface temp up over the recommended temperature rating for the paint. When this happens your paint may not bind properly and this will lead to problems down the road. As long as you pay attention to the recommended high temperature for your paint you can avoid these potential issues.
Other seasons when it works to paint your house
Here are the basics when choosing a time of year to paint the exterior of your home: avoid temperature extremes and excessive moisture in the air. As long as you stay within acceptable ranges on those two things you can paint in any season. For many parts of the country summer and early fall work for completing outdoor painting projects. If you live in an area with mild winters you may be able to squeeze in a paint job before the temperature drops too low. Spring is also an option as long as precipitation is not an issue.
Summer can be a great time to paint but there is no need to panic if you missed that window. Talk to your painting contractor about the weather trends in your area and work together to schedule a time where the conditions will be ideal for painting outside.