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Exterior Painting in Massachusetts: Which is the Best Season?

 

Whether you are taking on the task yourself or hiring a local painter for the job, there are certain factors to consider when painting the exterior of a Massachusetts home. One of those factors is considering the best time of year to do the project. 

 The two main variables in determining the best time to paint are moisture and temperature.

Spring

In New England, the climate is generally very moist in the spring with intermittent days of rain.  However, that does not mean there is no opportunity to paint between the months of March and June.  Assuming the surface has been dry for a couple days, latex paint will adhere just fine.  To be extra cautious, purchase a moisture meter that can detect moisture levels of the wood in question. Some homes in Massachusetts have a chronic moisture problem that will not be remedied by applying even the best quality paint.  In this case consider replacing the problem areas before painting.

Summer

The issue in summer becomes heat and humidity.  An average Massachusetts day with 80-85 degree temperatures and moderate humidity is perfect weather for painting with latex products.  However, when the temperature begins to exceed 90-95 degrees, latex products may dry more quickly then desirable.  In this situation the speed and experience of the person applying the coating is an important factor.

Fall

The fall in New England can be similar in temperature and precipitation as the Spring, and therefore the same precautions should be taken.  Consider using a moisture meter.

Winter

Although traditionally it is not recommended to paint under temperatures of 50 degrees, major paint manufacturers such as Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore have developed products such as Resilience and Aura that can be applied in temperatures as low as 35 degrees.  However it is imperative that the paint have sufficient time to bond to the surface before the temperature drops below the recommended level.  When in question, read the product label carefully.

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Comments

The paint dries almost instantly here in Arizona during the summer time. I have to chase the shade in the summer when painting outside. 
 
Nice post! 
 
Dave Drew 
A Phoenix, Arizona Painting and Drywall Contractor 
http://www.drewpainting.com 
Posted @ Tuesday, June 30, 2009 5:28 PM by Dave Drew
The surface has to be above 32 degrees for exterior painting
Posted @ Tuesday, September 22, 2009 6:29 PM by Exterior Painter
The information of this post is very useful for home owners because the author of this post has shared good information about exterior painting, House Painters in CT
Posted @ Saturday, December 29, 2012 2:02 AM by House Painters in CT
I would say that spring, summer and fall are fine depending on the year here is new england area.
Posted @ Monday, August 19, 2013 8:33 PM by Darien
Darien, 
You're right, but as you know a professional painting contractor should be very careful in the high heat and humidity. It's still possible to paint in the summer, but extra caution should be taken to ensure the paint dries and cures properly.
Posted @ Tuesday, August 20, 2013 8:18 AM by Peter Martino
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