Should You Paint Your Home’s Exterior Now Or Wait Until Spring?

This is a question we hear quite often, and it’s a good one. After all, we’ve hit that tipping point in the season where you might think it’d be worth waiting until spring rolls around, but you also don’t really want to look at that aging paint for another six months...

Before we dive into the answer, let’s answer the first question that naturally pops up: is there even still time to paint your home this fall? If you act fast, then yes, absolutely!  In fact, we wrote a blog not long ago on this very topic. You can check it out right here.

Now let’s take a closer look at your options, hopefully helping you make the very best decision for your home.

Not Sure If You Should Wait To Paint Your Home’s Exterior? Start with an Inspection

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It really can be as simple as starting with a 20-minute walk-around of your home. Check for wood rot, especially around trim boards, windows, doors, and fascia. Cold and ice will only make the problems grow; rot is a problem you should really deal with right away.

Old exterior caulk also grows brittle, meaning that it won’t expand and contract with temperature fluctuations. This makes moisture intrusions a real threat, and also lowers your home’s efficiency level.

Colder weather also takes a major toll on loose, flaking paint. This means that waiting until spring can turn a small problem into a big problem, and that’s important to keep in mind as you evaluate your timetable.

In short, whether or not you should wait on exterior painting has a lot to do with the condition of your surfaces now, and what you’re willing to risk.

A Budget-Friendly Alternative: Button Up Your Home’s Exterior!


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A “button-up” is what we call the process of prepping the home before winter, and then painting when spring rolls around. It’s a budget-friendly alternative, and involves pressure washing, scraping, caulking, and priming any raw wood.

This stops decay or degradation in its tracks, laying the foundation for fresh paint when the warmer weather returns.

Talk To Your Painter About Your Best Exterior House Painting Options

It all starts with a conversation! Your painter should have your best interests in mind and take your concerns seriously, helping you plan ahead in a way that cares for your home and budget.

If you live here in Nashville, give us a call at Nash Painting! It would be our pleasure to serve you, and answer any questions you might have.