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When Does Exterior Season Begin?

It’s warming up outside, and you may be thinking about painting the exterior of your home. Living in the Midwest, you also may know that this is an unpredictable time of year for the weather. That might lead you to ask “When does exterior season begin?” 

Here’s everything you need to know about when professional painters can begin work on your home. 

What is “Exterior Season?”

If you have never painted your home exterior, or if you live in a perpetually warm state, you may have never heard of an exterior season. Well, the answer is simple. 

Most premium paints need the temperature to be above 35 degrees to cure properly. Painting at lower temperatures affects the chemical makeup of the paint, and the results are less than satisfying. So when the winter months hit, professional painters will take a break from exterior painting and wait for the next “season” to begin. 

The problem the Midwest faces is the unpredictable weather this time of year. It can be cold and snowy one day, and then warm enough for shorts the next. So how can you predict when it’s okay to start painting?

The Rule of Thumb

Whenever we are determining when to start an exterior project, we check the current weather. As long as it has been 35 degrees for 24 hours or longer, it’s okay to start painting. 

That means we are already starting work on exterior painting projects. While there may be some stoppages if temperatures drop again, as of now our exterior season is in full swing. 

If you want to get your home exterior painted, you will want to get an estimate as soon as possible. Our summer schedule fills up quickly, and we are already booking exterior estimates. Give us a call or fill out the form below to get a free estimate on your home today. 

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