When you think of the best time for exterior painting in Rhode Island, you probably immediately think of summertime. Maybe late spring. And honestly, you’re not wrong; both are peak windows for outdoor projects.
Did you know, however, that fall is also an ideal season for exterior painting? In some ways, it’s actually one of the best.
So if you’re afraid you missed your chance once Labor Day rolls around, we definitely have good news for you. Keep on reading to find out why.
The Ideal Conditions for Exterior Painting
Let’s start by running through the ideal conditions for exterior painting.
Mild temps are best, letting the paint cure quickly but not TOO quickly. The air should be dry, the weather consistent and predictable.
Don’t worry, though: professional painters know how to navigate the more volatile weather we experience in the summertime. We can choose the right products, adjust our schedule according to the forecast, and ensure a fantastic paint job even in the hotter months. But fall definitely simplifies things, checking every box when it comes to the right conditions.
Advantages of Painting in the Fall
Stable Temperatures: Fall in Rhode Island is known for its moderate and consistent temperature range. This kind of stability ensures that the paint dries at an even rate, preventing blisters and bubbles.
Reduced Humidity: Fall sees a significant drop in humidity levels, just right for smooth, durable finishes.
Minimal Rain: While Rhode Island can be prone to sporadic rainfall, fall generally boasts drier days. This kind of stability and consistency is ideal.
Longer Drying Times: The cooler temperatures and shorter days of fall mean that paint takes slightly longer to dry. This might seem counterintuitive, but slower drying paint often results in a smoother finish.
It’s also important to note that we use paint products that are rated for cooler temperatures. This means that our exterior painting season, depending on how dry the fall is, can often be pushed right through October. We want to take advantage of the awesome conditions for as long as we can!
Preparing for the Upcoming Winter
How about one more major benefit?
A fresh coat of paint does more than just enhance the aesthetic appeal of a house; it acts as a protective shield, and that can be invaluable before the harsher Rhode Island winter sets in. Sleet, snow, and frost can take a toll on house exteriors, but a new paint job ensures that your home is well-protected from moisture that can lead to rot, mildew, and mold.
Q: Is it safe to paint when leaves are falling?
Answer: Yes, but caution is required. It's best to frequently clear the area of fallen leaves. Also, consider using tarps or drop cloths to protect wet paint from stray leaves.
Q: How do I prepare my home’s exterior for fall painting?
Answer: Just like any other season. Start with a thorough cleaning of the exterior, removing dirt and mildew. Repair any cracks or holes, sand, prime as needed, and paint.
Q: What if temperatures suddenly drop?
Answer: It’s important to always check the forecast before starting a paint job. If you use paint that’s rated for cold temps, like we mentioned above, you shouldn’t run into any issues at all.
Q: How does paint react to the temperature and humidity changes in fall compared to summer?
Answer: Paint thrives in fall’s cooler conditions, reducing the risks that can come along with high heat and humidity.
Q: Are there specific paint types best suited for fall conditions in Rhode Island?
Answer: It's advisable to use high-quality acrylic latex paint. They are known for their flexibility and adaptability to changing temperatures, making them ideal for fall conditions in Rhode Island.
Have More Questions About Exterior Painting in Rhode Island?
Contact us at Dennis Moffitt Painting! We’re here to help you navigate your house painting needs during any/every season.