Many households feel as if exterior painting is simply out of reach during the winter months. Many potential exterior painting projects are not even considered 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.
The most frequently asked question is temperature.” Is it too cold?” Here in Raleigh, North Carolina we only have consistently below freezing temperatures during the month of January and the first few weeks of February. The suggested lowest temp for exterior painting applications by the leading local manufacturers varies between 35 and 40 degrees. Not all paints allow applications during these temps. Painting contractors must allow more time between coats and allow materials such as caulking, primers, and undercoats to properly cure and dry before application. However, it’s not just the application temps that are important. Curing temps are just as important. For example, if it drops bellow 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 allow the paint to adhere properly. If a paint freezes before it dries it will not adhere properly to the surface applied.
Exterior painting can almost be done year round here in Raleigh and most estimates are good for at least 30 days. Jump on that planning and budgeting stage sooner than later. Don’t wait until the busy season hits like everyone else does. Even if you decide to signup and postpone the project it still will have been a good decision.