Few thing have the capacity to fire the imagination more than the prospect of painting your own home. This combines the fun of being able to show off your creative impulses with the satisfaction that comes from a job well done, all while being able to put value back into your home. From the artistry of choosing the colors you want to the excitement of making your home truly your own, painting your home can be one of the best home decorating choices that you ever make.
Even so, the question remains: what time of day and when during the year would be best for attempting this undertaking?
Beat the Heat
First and foremost, you’re going to want to be sure to get started at a time of year that allows you to beat the heat. The last thing you want to have to deal with is a heat stroke or other medical issue from having been outside painting all day. What’s more, painting at the peak of summer can also mean the paint drying faster due to the heat. If you don’t want to battle such conditions, then painting at a cooler time of year is called for. That said, it’s not as though anyone’s all that eager to go out in the middle of December and start painting homes despite the chilly guests and rainy weather.
As such, the best months are those right in the middle of these extremes, namely, those that occur during Spring.
Morning vs. Evening
Another thing to take into consideration when determining what time of year to paint your house is the more micro-level question of what time during the day you wish to paint. Spring will give you more daylight for a longer period of time, scoring another point in its favor here.
Accounting for the Rain
Then there’s the question of what to do about storms. For as lovely as the Virginia area is, anyone who lives there will be able to tell you that it’s hardly bereft of rainfall. For your own sake as well as the integrity of your paint job, you’re not going to want to start undertaking home painting project in the middle of the rainy season.
This is where we start to narrow things down a bit more. After all, for as lovely as the climate might be during Spring, with its longer, moderately-warm days, there’s no denying that rainfall occurs during these months, as well. As such, you’re going to want to search for that sweet spot in the season where there’s enough warmth and sunlight to give you good conditions in which to paint without having to deal with either hotter temperatures or a downpour of water.
According to usclimatedata.com, both the heat as well as the precipitation starts to pick up after April, while before that, you’re left with colder temperatures (the average temperature in March is 60 Fahrenheit compared to April’s 70) and more rainfall (4.02 inches compared to 3.23).
As such, despite the old saying “April showers bring May flowers,” April itself might well prove the best time to cultivate your flowering imagination and paint your home anew.