When is it too Cold for Exterior House Painting?
Many households feel as if exterior painting services are simply out of reach during the winter months. Most homeowners will not consider potential exterior painting projects until mid to late February.
If you are waiting to plan and budget for your exterior house painting projects until spring, there are a few things that you may want to consider.
Exterior Paint Application Temperatures
The most frequently asked question is appropriate painting temperatures. “Is it too cold?”
Depending on how harsh or mild our winter is for that particular year, weather conditions in Raleigh, NC limit consistently below-freezing temperatures to weeks primarily ranging from mid-January through February.
The suggested lowest surface temp for exterior painting applications by the leading local manufacturers varies between 35 and 40 degrees. It is also worth mentioning that not all exterior paints enable applications at this temperature range.
Low-Temperature Painter Consideration
Painting contractors must allow more time between coats and allow materials such as caulking, primers, and undercoats to properly cure and dry before top-coating.
However, it’s not just the application temps that are important. Curing temps are just as important. For example, if it drops below 35 at, say, 5:00 pm, you should stop painting around 3:00 pm to allow the paint to dry before the temperature drops.
Allowing the paint to dry before it freezes will enable the paint to adhere correctly. If a paint freezes before it dries, it will not adhere properly to the surface applied.
Considering your Area
Exterior painting can almost be done year-round here in Raleigh, and most estimates are good for at least 90 days. So, we recommend jumping on that planning and budgeting wagon sooner than later.
Don’t wait until the busy season hits as everyone else does. Even if you decide to signup and postpone the project, it still will have been the right decision.
Whether in the winter or any other season, you can contact us to receive an expert exterior painting experience.