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Why Interior Painting in the Winter is a Great Idea

Most Denver homeowners save their home improvement projects for the warmer months and cozy up by the fire to wait out the winter; however, there are some projects such as interior painting, that are advantageous to get done during the winter months.

As local Denver painters, we’ll tell you all the reasons why interior painting in the winter is beneficial and we’ll even help you with choosing an interior paint color!

It’s More Cost Effective!

Scheduling interior painting in the winter could actually save you money! The spring and summer months are the busiest time for contractors, which means prices are often driven up to correlate with the demand.

During the winter months, schedules slow down, and prices are dropped. On average, lower competition during the offseason makes for savings up to 20-60%!

You’ll See Accelerated Results.

When it’s the offseason, it’s likely you won’t have to wait to get your paint job done! The winter months are best for quick responses! Unless you’ve planned months in advance, it’s almost a guarantee you’ll have to wait to get a start on your project in the summer.

You can also use the extra days off during the holiday season to get your project done. This is a great way to get a head start on all your home improvement projects for the spring and summer.

But Will the Cold Affect the Paint?

As stated in our blog post about exterior painting in Colorado, it is recommended that you should never paint a house when the temperature is 50°F or below. However, with the high-quality paint that we use here at Paint Denver, this tends to hover around 40°F and some premium paints can be even be applied down to as low as 35°F.

Ideally, paint should be applied around 60°F and it’s best to change the temperature around 36 hours beforehand to make sure the walls are warm. And you don’t worry about airing out the fumes with us as Paint Denver uses only high quality, low VOC paint!

If this has inspired you to start planning an interior painting project for your home, call us now at (303) 800-7575 for a consultation! We’d love to help you curate your perfect home interior.

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Summer or Winter – When Should I Paint The Outside Of My Home?

Here in Colorado, we typically have four seasons. Though at any point during the year, we can see a variety of highs and lows, sometimes needing our winter coats in July, and our summer shorts in December. Yet just because Colorado can have very mild days all year long, does that mean you can paint the outside of your home all year long as well?

Summer or Winter – When Should I Paint The Outside Of My Home?Painting the exterior of your home is thought to be a summer activity. The weather is warm, we don’t have a lot of rain, and the days are longer – meaning more time to get the job done faster.

Yet summer is a short season. This year the cold crept into June, and we can see snow as early as August (yes, not the norm, but it has happened). How far can you stretch the painting season? And can you paint in the dead of winter and still have a great looking paint job?

Paint manufacturers each have a recommended temperature rating. As paint quality has improved over the years, so too has the minimum temperature for painting.

For many years, 50 degrees was the standard ambient temperature for accepting paint. Today the temperature has lowered a few degrees to around 40 degrees. And if you get into some specialty paints, you may be able to paint even around the 35 degree mark, as long as conditions stay above the minimum temperature point.

Just as important on the low side of things is the other end of the spectrum. Paint is best applied during conditions of little variance. When its 95 in the day and it drops to 40 degrees at night, paint may not function at 100 percent.

While temperature plays an important role, so to does moisture. Paint should only be applied to a dry surface. If we’ve experienced a hard rain, or are in the middle of a several day rainfall, it may be best to postpone the painting job.

So when is your best timeframe to paint your home here in Denver? Typically the best time would be from May through October. Again, a lot of it depends on how our weather patterns play out. An Indian Summer can give us more time, an early snow may shorten it by several weeks.

Get on the calendar today – our times fill up fast this time of year.

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