If you’re like most people, you always have a home project either on deck or in the works. But when summer turns to fall, the focus is usually on the exterior of our homes because we want to be sure things are squared away before the weather turns. These types of exterior projects fall into to three basic categories: 1) painting, 2) carpentry, and 3) power washing.
You may have heard that fall is not an ideal time to paint the exterior of your home, since the temperatures can fluctuate so much from day to night. But fall can be a great time to paint outside. There are excellent products (such as Sherwin-Williams Resilience®) that allow you to paint down to 35° F – and even the threat of rain or dew will not slow down or delay the job because it is specially formulated to resist moisture. With these advances, the painting season can be extended for a month or more.
That being said, there are a few guidelines to follow to help ensure the success of a fall exterior painting project:
- Make sure all surfaces are clean and dry before painting
- Prime fall painting hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Start painting on the sunny side of the house first
- Understand that the time between coats of paint may be longer – lower temps mean slower drying times
Even if you don’t have time for a full-blown exterior painting project, you can still give your home a face lift by doing some touch up work. Applying a fresh coat of paint to just the trim will still make a big difference in your your home looks.