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.
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.
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.
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.
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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