Best time of year to paint your house exterior

When planning to paint the exterior of your house, you have to work out the correct time of year that’s best. You not only have to think about the best weather conditions for the paint but also for the decorators themselves. There is a good reason you don’t see decorators outside in the middle of winter.

Best time of year to paint your house exterior

Best weather to paint outside

In the UK we know that the weather is not very dependable and doesn’t have sunshine all year round. Planning when to paint the exterior of your house or property can then bit of a task. In order for your paint work to turn out perfectly, the weather needs to be moderate. If the weather is too hot and sunny, the paint may dry too quickly leaving a less than perfect finish.

Remember the first impressions people get of your house is the outside.

Look at the long range weather forecast to help plan. Find out the weather conditions a few days before painting and afterwards. You can’t paint on wet/damp surfaces and likewise once your paint is applied, a down pour of rain won’t be beneficial for sure. Avoid rainy days, and always make sure all the surfaces you’ll be painting are completely dry. This is essential if you want to end up with a perfectly even application.

So, what is the ideal weather for exterior painting? Early summer and early autumn usually offer up the best weather conditions, with minimal rain and minimal fluctuations in temperature from day to night. This will ensure the paint goes on smoothly and has the chance to dry and cure properly.

Don’t paint outside an acceptable temperature range!

When painting in cold weather, or minus conditions, some paints will become very thick or semi-solid. Latex paints will freeze at low temperatures.

Its best to also get advise on the type of paint that will be used. Every paint type and brand is slightly different. Your decorator can recommend the best kind for the job.

The Ideal Painting Weather Conditions

  • Ideal air temperature of between 12oC and 35oC
  • Overcast cloudy conditions
  • No risk of rain during the application and drying period
  • Maximum of 80% Humidity
  • The substrate must be a minimum of 3oC above the dew point

At the end of the day your local decorators will be able to give you sound advice.   Don’t hesitate and call the experts today.