Can I do exterior painting in winter? We get a lot of phone calls for exterior painting, even in cold winter months. Unfortunately, unless you’re in the Sun Belt, it’s pretty hard to re-paint a house during the winter.
Why do you need warm weather for exterior painting?
Sherwin Williams and other paint manufacturers have some great paints temperature rated down to 35 degrees, which means if the temperature dips below 35 degrees, you’re likely to run into problems. If the weather gets to cold, the paint won’t set right and could end up cracking or peeling. Typically you’re re-painting the exterior to protect your home or repair damaged paint. Shelling out money for a new paint job only to have it peel and flake is not what you want! Even if it warms up to 50 degrees during the day, paint takes several hours to set correctly. If the temperature falls before it has set, you are in trouble. Additionally, during the winter months the days are shorter. Painters are faced with a compressed time window to perform the work – sometimes as little as four hours. This could lead to the project taking several days longer than planned.
Unless there’s a dire emergency, chances are you are better off waiting until spring time, unless you get lucky with a several day heat wave.
Should I wait until the spring to book my exterior painting estimate?
While the winter might not be the best time for painting your exterior, it is a great time to get an estimate. Painters are generally more available in the winter and will often give you a discount for booking before the spring rush. It will also put you at the beginning of the schedule once the weather warms up.