Fall Temperatures Are Excellent for Exterior Painting

Fall porch

In order for your paint job to turn out perfectly, the weather needs to cooperate! Fall temperatures are excellent for exterior painting! Most people think of spring and summer months are best for completing house projects and those months are definitely warm and much can be done.  However, it turns out painting during the fall season is ideal.  Painting brick, siding, trim, doors,… there are several reasons fall is a perfect time to grab your paint brush and get to work.

Our exterior designers at  brick&batten  are informed on how late you can actually complete your painting without compromising your paint job… learn more on why fall temperatures are perfect for more than fire pits!

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No. 1// Improved Paint Technology

Paint technology is constantly growing and changing, allowing you to paint in temperatures as cool as 35 degrees with certain types of paints.  Therefore, in northern states, it’s wise to wrap up any exterior painting in November as the nights are getting cooler.  That said, you lucky southerners can still be painting safely into December. 

No. 2// Fluctuation in Temperature

Fall can be the best time to paint because of the difference between high and low temperatures.  The temperature fluctuations are mild from day to night creating a more stable temperature.  For example, midwestern Indiana average temperatures in July range from 85 degrees as the high and 61 as the low.  Where as in December, the average high is around 49 degrees, with a low of 34.  There isn’t as large of a temperature gap!

No. 3// Cost of Painting

Though the price of your paint probably won’t change much, the cost of labor does! Pricing can be dramatically less in the fall, as the demand for painters drops significantly.  With fewer customers, painters are far more likely to give a deal on your exterior work.

No. 4// Fall Temperatures

Extreme temperatures cause paint to dry unevenly, which isn’t great for your final result. Depending on where you live geographically, fall can deliver temperatures that are perfect for outdoor painting.  For example, if you live in New York City, average temperature in October are 47 degrees which is ideal for painting.  If you live in Columbia, South Carolina, average lows are 47 degrees in November delivering you another month of safe painting.  In addition, many states in the south, stay warm year round!  

No. 5// Moisture & Humidity in Atmosphere

Another important factor when painting your home’s exterior is moisture.  Paint should only be applied to a dry surface.  Rain, snow, or humidity can impact the application and longevity of paint.  After the house is wet, it needs ample time to dry before painting.  In addition, the house will be pressure washed before paint goes on.  Make sure the house has plenty of time to dry before undertaking the first coat.  

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In conclusion, it’s hugely important for weather to cooperate when painting your home’s exterior.  If it’s rainy, too hot, or cold your paint won’t dry or cure properly.  That said, summer it may be too hot and humid.  Spring it may be too rainy with those spring showers that set in.  In some areas, winter will be too cold.  Therefore, fall seems to be the ideal time to tackle your outdoor paint projects!

Fall is a great time to paint

Fall is a great time to paint


Brick&Batten would love to partner with you on this painting adventure with a virtual exterior design!  Let’s get started!  Curb appeal can be dramatically impacted with new exterior paint.  The return on investment is 100% when done right.  Therefore, this is an incredibly smart way to add value to your biggest investment.