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What Is the Best Time of Year to Paint the Exterior of a House?

Fresh paint can completely revamp the look of your house — in fact, it’s one of the most cost-effective remodeling jobs out there! When deciding on a time to call on professional home exterior painters, it’s imperative to choose wisely. Here’s how you can determine the optimal conditions to make arrangements:

Wait for Consistently Warm Weather

As many experienced contractors in the greater Philadelphia area know, consistent warm weather doesn’t occur until mid-to-late June. Late April and May could offer a hint of the warm weather ahead, but nights bring low temperatures and the days can typically average out on the cooler side.

Since most exterior paint requires an ambient temperature of around 50°F, contractors risk poor paint application if they finish a project during the spring. Holding off until summer temperatures have genuinely arrived in late June through early September produces the best results.

Steer Clear of Rain

Waiting until rain-free weather arrives before beginning an exterior paint job gives your home’s siding a proper chance to dry out after spring rain. Waterlogged siding can compromise paint’s ability to dry adequately, but experienced contractors can determine when your siding’s moisture has reached a workable condition. Depending on the specific month or even week you’re planning to get an exterior paint job done, a professional can consult you on any wet weather on the horizon and work out a contingency plan.

Don’t Skimp on Quality

Typically, an exterior house painting job should last for at least five years, although quality hand-painting can last two or three times as long. As the most trusted painting contractors in Philadelphia, rest assured that Matthew Rathgeb Painting doesn’t merely “phone it in” — we take the necessary steps to get the job done right. This means setting aside time upfront to scrape, sand, and prime your home’s exterior before putting a brush to the surface. 

Our painters also have an intimate understanding of different paints (such as latex, oil, acrylic, etc.) and can help you choose the right type and color that ensure your home’s exterior shines for years to come! Since we believe in being there for you for all sorts of home projects regardless of the season, we can also give you expert insight into the best time of year to paint your home’s interior

Ready to give your home an aesthetic and functional makeover that will stand the test of time? Reach out to learn more about our residential painting services today!