When Is the Best Time to Paint Your House?

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At PAINT CORPS™, we paint hundreds of home exteriors every year, and we always get asked the same question: “When is the best time to paint my home exterior?” While this largely depends on where you live and the climate in that region, we typically recommend tackling exterior painting jobs in spring and fall. Here’s why.

What is the Best Season for Home Painting Projects?

Most painters will tell you that generally speaking, spring and early fall are the ideal times to tackle home painting projects. Of course, this may vary based on climate and geography, but in most parts of the U.S., spring and fall present the perfect conditions to achieve the best results.

1. Mild Temperatures

Extreme temperatures can affect paint application and drying times, so the moderate climates of spring and fall can be ideal for a smooth and even paint job. It’s generally recommended to paint when the temperature is between 50°F and 85°F. Avoid painting during extreme heat or cold, as it can affect the paint’s adhesion and drying process. Also, choose a time when there’s minimal rain or humidity to prevent issues with paint adherence and drying.

2. Humidity Levels

Humidity significantly affects paint application and drying. High humidity can prolong drying time, leading to smudging, sagging, and dust accumulation. It can also hinder proper adhesion, causing peeling, blistering and bubbling due to trapped moisture. Uneven finishes, mold growth, and changes in paint consistency are also concerns. To mitigate these issues, choose lower humidity periods like autumn and spring for painting.

3. Preparation for Winter

In some parts of the country, homes require additional maintenance to prepare for harsh winter conditions. A fresh coat of paint in the fall can act as a barrier against moisture, cold, and potential damage caused by upcoming winter weather.

4. Boost Curb Appeal

Summer and fall are popular times for real estate activity. If you’re planning to sell your home, it’s crucial to focus on curb appeal before listing it. The first impression potential buyers get from the exterior can greatly influence their interest in the property. Give your home exterior, front door, shutters, and fencing a fresh coat of paint to really “wow” buyers!

5. Reduced Insect Activity

Insects and pests are generally less active in early spring and fall meaning you’re less likely to have issues with bugs getting stuck in wet paint.

Should I Avoid Painting My House in the Summer?

The answer to this question really depends on your climate and weather week-to-week. In some parts of the country, summer temperatures soar and humidity is unbearable. In those areas, summer painting jobs are touch and go. Intense sunlight and heat can cause paint to blister and bubble as volatile solvents in the paint evaporate too rapidly. These extreme conditions can also cause the paint to become tacky before it has a chance to properly cure. For these reasons, we always recommend keeping an eye on the forecast for summer painting jobs!

Schedule Your Painting Project Today

Ready to get on our schedule spring or fall? Find a PAINT CORPS™ location near you to schedule a free quote! All of our offices are owned and operated by U.S. Military Veterans, so you can rest assured someone who values service and integrity will oversee your project. Plus, all of our work is backed by a 5-Year Touch-Up Warranty! If our work peels or chips within five years due to our workmanship, touch ups are free!

Burgess Perry is the Founder and CEO of PAINT CORPS™ Franchise Group. After serving in the U.S. Army for nearly 10 years, Burgess began a new chapter by opening a painting company in the Tampa, Florida area. He hit the ground running and after five years of unprecedented success, he decided it was time to give back to his fellow military veterans. That's when he founded PAINT CORPS™, a veteran-only franchise founded on military values like service, respect, integrity, and duty.

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