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Should You Paint the Exterior of Your Home During the Fall Season?

Posted on Nov 15, 2021 9:00:00 AM by Eric Dokey

shutterstock_657931711Painting the exterior of your home can completely transform the way it looks. New paint can freshen up a house that looks dull and dirty. Changing the color on the outside of your house can make it look like a completely different place. Whether your home is in desperate need of new paint or you simply want a change of color, an exterior paint job can do the trick. Since exterior paint projects are exposed to the elements, it is important to carefully choose the time of year when you get an exterior paint job. If the weather is too extreme it can impact paint drying time, expose your paint to water damage, and leave you with a finished product that does not look as good as you hoped. As the fall approaches, you may be wondering if you can go ahead with your exterior paint job or if you should postpone it until spring. Keep reading for a few things to consider as you try and decide on the right timing for your paint project.

Paint drying time

The temperature outside can impact how quickly or how slowly your paint dries. Extreme heat can cause the paint to dry too quickly and create a situation where you are unable to get the paint on fast enough to have a smooth finish. Extreme cold weather can slow down the drying time and leave your finished paint job at risk for damage for a longer period of time. Neither extreme is good for your exterior paint project. The fall weather in this part of California is typically mild – neither too hot nor too cold. Because of this, it is possible to have the exterior of your home painted during the fall season in this area. The painting pro you choose will know the upper and lower temperature ranges that are appropriate for the particular type of paint and plan accordingly.

Water damage

Another factor to consider as you schedule an exterior paint job is the level of precipitation during a particular time of year. If there is too much moisture in the air it can impact your paint’s drying time and leave you with a splotchy finished product. It is important to schedule an exterior paint job during a time when the risk for rain is minimal. In Northern California, the fall and winter months can bring along more rain than the area experiences in the summer. However, the level of rain is still relatively low during the fall in this part of the country and it is not usually a major problem when it comes to exterior paint projects.

Poor finished product

The reason you should plan an exterior paint project carefully is that the conditions while your home is painted will impact the finished product. If the weather is extreme or there is a lot of precipitation, the way the final product looks will be negatively impacted. A high-quality paint pro will not move forward with an exterior paint project if the weather conditions will negatively impact the finished product.

It is possible to paint the exterior of your home during the fall season. In Northern California, the weather is usually mild enough during the fall that it will not impact paint drying time. Get in touch with the pros at D&D Painting for help determining the ideal time to have the exterior of your home painted.

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