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The Best Time of Year to Paint Your Home’s Exteriors – Our Guide

Applying a fresh coat of paint to the exterior of your home can increase the aesthetics and longevity of the structure. However, to better ensure a quality job, there are a few things you have to consider beforehand.

One of those considerations involves the weather and time of year in which you intend to apply the paint. These factors will affect the process of application, as well as the drying and curing stages that will all play a role in the end results.

If you’re wondering what the right conditions are for tackling your house painting job, keep reading to find the answers.




Ambient Temperature Levels

In terms of the temperatures, you want to apply paint to the exterior of your house when it is neither too hot nor too cold. There are several reasons for this:

Applying paint when the weather is too hot means that the paint could dry too quickly. This can lead to a poor application with paintbrush marks clearly visible. Clumps of dried out paint could also accumulate on the brush and the surface itself, leading to unsightly irregularities in the final finish.

On the other hand, applying paint when it is too cold could mean that the paint doesn’t dry quickly enough. This can lead to unsightly finishes as well, as the longer the paint remains wet, the higher the chances of it being exposed to elements that could damage it.

You should also be careful about applying paint when you expect dramatic fluctuations in temperature, such as in desert climates when the temperatures between daytime and nighttime are very different. These sudden drops in temperature can affect the drying process, leading to cracks that will damage the paint.

Additionally, the ambient temperature will also affect the person who will be applying the paint. You don’t want to be working outside in extreme heat, or cold when working outdoors, as it is uncomfortable and even dangerous to do so.

Precipitation and Humidity

Rainfall and the amount of moisture in the air will also factor into the equation. You should under no circumstances apply paint when it’s raining. Even if you could somehow find a way to shield the paint and surface from the rain, you are exposing yourself to the risk of slipping and injuring yourself.

You should take the time to check the expected weather conditions. Rain and high levels of humidity will prevent the paint from drying well, and it could mean that you would have to reapply more coats again.

Our Advice

Given the information provided above, we advise that you paint the exteriors of your house during the time of year when rain is minimal and temperatures are at ideal levels.

Since different types and brands of paint can react differently to these conditions, it is also advisable to ask an expert who is more familiar with the products and your local weather conditions.

To be sure that your paint job will last a long time and comes out looking fantastic, we suggest working with a professional service provider as they will have the experience and tools needed to ensure a high-quality job.

We are a professional house painting and electric service company located in the Greater Toronto area. Get in touch with us today for a free quote.

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