Why Summer is the Best Time of Year to Paint Your Home’s Exterior

Posted on May 24, 2018

Why Summer is the Best Time of Year to Paint Your Home’s Exterior
  • If you’re considering repainting your home’s exterior, your first step is to plan around the climate and weather in your area for the paint to look its best.
  • Elements and temperature have an impact on the way the paint settles against your home’s exterior and can affect the texture.
  • Make sure your home stays fresh and modern by using the 2019 top trends in exterior house paint.
  • Spend your summer doing the things you love and leave your painting project to the professionals at CertaPro Painters®.

If you want to get some outside work completed this summer to rejuvenate both you and your home, painting is the perfect summer project, and we’ll break down the important reasons why.

Exterior house paint will give your home a facelift, add dramatic curb appeal, and make it feel brand new. Make sure to leave the painting project up to the professionals to avoid any mistakes that can leave your exterior looking less than perfect. With CertaPro Painters®’ exterior house painting services, it will be easier than ever to give your home a complete makeover without hassle, headaches, or worries. Trust a team of highly experienced exterior painting professionals to deliver the highest quality results for a final product you can be truly proud of.

If you’re ready to have professional home painters get started on your home painting project, then below are a few tips on “what’s hot” in color trends to inspire your creativity.

Benefits of Summer Painting

Having an outdoor home project completed doesn’t sound ideal on those high-heat days, so you might think spring or fall are more temperate seasons for a big painting project. The problem is that spring and fall can be very unpredictable when it comes to the weather.

You can only apply paint to a dry surface. And you must wait at least a day following a hard rain to have paint applied to your home’s exterior. A surface that’s dry to the touch may be deceiving as it can still be saturated under the surface and cause issues later. Professional exterior painters know this and they can advise you on the best times and days to paint.

As moisture evaporates over the course of a clear day, it can negatively affect drying paint. Fortunately, summer has plenty of rain-free days to quickly dry unwanted wetness. But beware of dew that forms overnight. An experienced exterior house painter knows not to touch the brush until their palette has properly dried.

JJ Darr, President of CertaPro Painters® of Indianapolis, stresses the importance of painting on a summer’s day. “Public enemy number one of exterior paint is a low temperature. The summer offers the largest window for optimal temperatures. Back in the golden age of exterior painting, 50 degrees Fahrenheit was the minimum necessary temperature for the paint to cure properly,” says Darr. “Today, the average cutoff line for most paints is 40 degrees thanks to advances in technology. Some can dry without issue all the way down to 35 degrees.”

For those of you who call the northern U.S. and southern Canada home, this means that you can technically push to November to complete your projects before the cold sets in. Southern birds, you may be able to stretch this into December. Of course, inclement seasonal weather doesn’t run on your schedule, so the best time to paint a house exterior is during the summer months.

When it comes to perfect painting weather, summer has it in spades. The pleasant temperatures allow exterior paint to cure at an ideal rate. Paint early in the season to seal away rot from winter water damage. The result will be a finish that extends the lifespan and quality of your exterior paint.

Now, all that’s left is coming up with some fun summer painting ideas!

Here’s What’s Trending in Home Exterior Paint Colors

Paint manufacturers do their best to stay a few steps ahead of emerging trends. The hot new colors of today already hit the market 12 to 18 months ago. When it’s time to innovate, the best paint brands are already stocked with a full arsenal of cutting-edge paint color ideas.

2019 is marked by “nature” and “neutral” colors. Think off-whites, light greens, and earthy blues to mark this summer’s home decor landscape.

The right colors can draw attention away from less desirable areas and highlight attractive ones. If you’re planning on selling your house within the next few years, stick to neutral tones with the occasional vibrant accent.

Nature-inspired hues seamlessly fuse the interior and exterior of your home. Draw from the colors in your home’s interior and bring them outside. The effect will be a seamless and inviting transition for new visitors.

Best Exterior House Paint Colors

The trending colors of summer 2019 are gentle on the eyes and easy on the soul. Nature’s aesthetics have been plopped into a paint bucket, and are ripe for the plucking. Certain colors are more soothing than others. Those colors pulled from natural elements reduce stress with gentle hues that are effortless to visually absorb.

Neutral Taupe

Opt for a strong neutral paint color, such as a khaki or a beige, for the exterior of your home. These types of colors are also the perfect alternative to the more commonly seen trendy greys, as brownish/taupe colors are on the rise.

A beautiful neutral can be powerful and striking, while letting contrasting accents or decor reflect against the eye-catching color. Now’s the time to think creatively about your exterior accents. Try adding a dark, sweeping blue to the trim or a popping white against the windows. Grab those tall bushes you’ve been eyeing from the garden store for vibrant greenery against your neutral palette. For this look, try:

Nature Greens

Nature-inspired shades of green make your home feel like a retreat, especially when you’re located in the suburbs. An organic olive-green can provide a protective sensation of being wrapped in mother nature.

Olive green is a shade that’s been taking over the nation the past few years, and it’s finally made its way into the home exterior realm. And why not? These shades encompass so many feelings in one — tranquil, appealing, welcoming– everything you want your family home to have.

Combine the two trends above into one by accenting a green exterior with beige colors trim, accents, or decor. For this look, try:

Ocean Blues

Watery hues are unique enough that they will set your home apart from others on the block without being too vibrant or flashy. While these colors have the power to turn heads with their attention-grasping undertones, they’re charming and classic at the same time. For this look, try:

Summer is the perfect opportunity to send a message to the neighborhood that your home is alive and well. A well-cured coat of exterior paint communicates good vibes and great energy. It’s also a great way to repair your trim and siding from the rot of winter weather.

Are all these options appealing to you, but you can’t pick one apart from the rest? Or maybe you’re getting hung up on the many different shades to choose from and which one will be the best exterior house paint for your home. CertaPro Painters® color consulting services. You’ll spend time with a professional who will listen to your thoughts, your vision, and work to reflect that in your home’s paint colors. You can also use the CertaPro Painters® MyPaint Colors™ visualizer to virtually paint the interior and exterior of your home, so you’ll know exactly which colors to pick.

CertaPro Painters® understands that you have a lot of fun to squeeze in this summer. Let them do the painting while you enjoy your summer days. Hey, you can’t man a barbecue, play with your kids, and paint a house at the same time. CertaPro Painters® is happy to be your extra set of hands this summer season. Call 1-800-689-7271 or start the process of getting your free painting estimate!


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