When is the best time of year to paint in Colorado?
Living in Colorado is awesome. The weather is lovely, the mountains are scenic, and we have some of the best places for outdoor sports in the United States. (If we do say so ourselves!) While Colorado has all these great features, the weather can make doing outdoor tasks more difficult. If you are ready to paint your house, you may be wondering when the best time of the year is to paint. That is a great question! The answer depends on what the painting job is. Let’s take a closer what how temperature effects paint so you know the best time of year to paint in Colorado.
Interior painting is not as big a deal as exterior painting. You can paint anytime of the year if the job is completely inside your house. You may want to time your projects around snow storms to make trips for supplies easier on you and the contractor. However, the weather will not affect the paint in any way. So, there is no need for special paint or a reason to wait on a project.
Exterior painting jobs, on the other hand, do depend on the weather. Most paints can only be used in temperatures above 35 or 40 degrees. Since the temperature remains very cold at night in the winter, most exterior painting jobs start the second half of March. This is right around the time when spring starts. The weather is usually warm enough at night so that the paint can cure. This is also when the days start getting longer. The increased daylight allows the sun to warm the surface being painted.
Exterior painting season in Colorado is from late March to late October. But it can occasionally go as late as Thanksgiving. It all depends on how long the warm weather lasts.
The Best Paint for Exterior Painting
If you want to paint during a time of year where the weather might not cooperate, then consider using Sherwin Williams Resilience with Moisture Guard technology. This paint is slightly more durable during changing weather because the moisture guard allows the paint to cure more quickly. We recommend this paint specifically in the spring and fall when the weather can change quickly.
If you choose to paint with a less resilient paint or when the weather is too cold, then the paint may not be able to cure properly. This can cause different problems with the paint. For example, the paint may have adhesion issues. It will not look good and the paint will have to be scraped off. This will cost quite a bit of money since the job will have to be done twice.
Remember, when it comes to temperature it is better to exercise caution. You always want to be safe rather than sorry. Since the weather can change very quickly in Colorado, you must keep this in mind when scheduling your exterior painting project. It is safest to schedule these jobs from April to September, but if your budget requires you to paint during March or October, then it can be done! Just keep a close eye on the weather and talk to your contractor about their plan.