Best Weather for Exterior House Painting

Exterior Painting and Best Days for Painting a House

By Mark J. Donovan

Exterior house painting is one of the most difficult projects to schedule and complete from a weather perspective. Exterior painting requires an ambient air temperature of around 50 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, the humidity should be low and there should be little to no wind when painting a house. If you decide to tackle an exterior house painting project outside of these weather conditions chances are the paint will not hold up well.

Consequently the window of opportunity for exterior house painting is dictated by the local weather and climate in your area.

In general, July and August are two of the worst months of the year to paint a house, for the sole reason that the house siding is simply just too hot to paint. Likewise, winter is an impossible time of the year for exterior house painting if you live in colder climates. The fall season is usually the best time of the year for exterior painting, followed by spring, although spring weather usually is quite rainy and humid.

Often the diy homeowner who chooses to do their own exterior house painting finds him or herself tackling it in a guerilla type warfare approach. This approach involves painting portions of the home over an extended period of time as weather conditions permit.

Another approach used by diy homeowners is to have a weekend exterior house painting party where friends and family are called in for a weekend of painting and cookouts. The only problem with this approach is that often more than just the house is painted. There are also some liability concerns if someone falls off a ladder, and even more so if they were served alcohol while attending the party.

Exterior House Painting Instructions

For the best exterior house painting results it is usually wise to hire an exterior house painting contractor who has a team that can quickly paint a home. Although they too are at the whim of mother nature, they at least have the ability to rapidly paint the house, and in its entirety, in a short period of time. In addition, they won’t paint your car and themselves in the process.

Another solution, particularly when building a new home, is to use pre-primed or painted house siding. This way the weather window for applying a final coat of exterior paint is wider. Also, there is always the alternative to using vinyl or brick for the house siding which would eliminate the need for any significant exterior house painting.

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