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Can You Paint in the Winter Time?

Finding the perfect time to paint your exterior can be tricky, especially when it comes to the weather. Home improvement projects like this take time, which makes it tricky to schedule exterior painting projects. Many people believe that painting in the warmer months is the only option, but what happens if you find yourself with a little extra time and space in the budget during the colder months? Can you paint in the wintertime? In this blog post, we’ll answer this question and help you navigate house painting in the winter. Luckily, with the right products, like Romabio exterior paints, you’ll likely be able to achieve a high-quality exterior paint job in the winter in the Raleigh area. 


Exterior Painting During the Winter


There are several opinions and thoughts around painting in the winter, and most of these are due to the temperature. Temperature does matter when painting, but depending on where you live and the winter climate, you may be able to achieve a high-quality, long-lasting exterior paint job in the winter. 

Paint is best applied in certain conditions and temperatures. In general, if paint is applied between 35 and 85 degrees F, it should adhere to the surface well, dry in a proper amount of time, and leave an even finish. 

If you live in an area that is especially cold and reaches below-freezing for most of the winter, painting your exterior in the winter may not be a good option. 

However, if you’re in the Raleigh area where temperatures are generally more mild in the winter, your paint should be fine. In order for paint to dry optimally, humidity levels should be between 40 and 50%. In the winter months, the air is typically dryer, which is one of the benefits of painting in the winter.


Tips for Exterior Painting During the Winter

While some homeowners may not feel comfortable being at the mercy of the weather, if you do choose to tackle exterior house painting in winter, here are a few tips to ensure you get the best, most long-lasting results!


Proper Preparation is Key

As with any paint job and any time of year, proper preparation is the key to achieving a successful paint job that lasts for years. 

Make sure the surface is clean and dry. Choose the right rollers and brushes for the winter months. Be sure to store your paint tools and products properly, especially when the temperatures are colder. 

As we mentioned, Romabio paints are a great choice for exterior winter painting projects due to their breathability, durability, and high-quality finishes in cold conditions. 

Aim to work in dry conditions so the rain or snow doesn’t compromise your paint job. 


Consider the Time of Day

In the winter months, the temperature can fluctuate throughout the day. It may be near freezing at night and warm up with the sunshine during the day. Try to paint during the warmest part of the day to ensure the paint adheres and dries properly. This will also be important as the days get shorter and the window of sunlight is shorter. 


Watch the Weather

Winter weather is sometimes unpredictable, so be sure to watch the weather for upcoming snow storms, rain, wind, or freezing temperatures. The ideal weather to paint in is dry, relatively warm weather. After completing an exterior paint job in the winter, it’ll need these same ideal conditions to dry and cure properly. Check your paint product’s recommendations for exact curing times and temperatures. 


Brick Exterior Painting In Winter With Romabio Paints

If you’re thinking about painting your house in the winter, it’s especially important to choose high-quality paint products. We recommend Romabio paints, as the mineral-based formula is durable and breathable. This is ideal for winter weather conditions where there is a freeze/thaw effect. 

These paints don’t trap the moisture, which allows it to evaporate, preventing the paint from peeling or chipping in cold winter temperatures. 


Curious about whether you should paint in the winter or book for early spring?


Winter painting can present some unique challenges, but with the right preparation and products, you can achieve a high-quality paint job in the winter. If you’re thinking about embarking on an exterior paint project this winter, visit our contact page to book a paint estimate before the cooler months arrive. We’d love to help you head into spring with a fresh new exterior paint job!

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