Welcome to our FAQ session with Jeremy Barton, the owner of Barco’s Painting of Colorado, with years of experience in transforming homes. In this session, we will discuss various aspects of exterior painting, from the best time of the year to paint to how many coats of paint your house really needs.

Exterior Painting

Exterior painting is a crucial part of home maintenance. It not only improves the aesthetic appeal of your home but also protects it from various environmental factors.

What is the best time of year to paint the exterior of my home?

The best time of year to paint the exterior of your home largely depends on the climate in your area. However, generally, spring and fall are considered the best times for painting. This is because the weather is typically mild and not too humid, which allows the paint to adhere properly and dry evenly.

Painting the exterior of a house in Colorado, requires strategic timing, primarily due to this area’s unique climate. In our area, we have a semi-arid, continental climate, with four distinct seasons, including cold winters, mild springs, warm summers, and cool autumns. This variability in weather conditions can significantly affect the outcome of an exterior painting project. The best times to embark on such a project are during the late spring and early fall. These periods offer the most favorable weather conditions, with moderate temperatures and minimal precipitation, ensuring that the paint dries properly and adheres well to the exterior surfaces.

Mid to Late spring, specifically from mid April through June, presents an ideal window for painting. The temperatures are consistently warm enough to promote proper drying and curing of the paint, yet not so hot as to cause it to dry too quickly, which can lead to imperfections. Additionally, the likelihood of rain decreases, reducing the risk of water damage or the need for touch-ups shortly after completion. However, it’s crucial to monitor the forecast closely, as there are often sudden weather shifts during this time.

Early fall, particularly in September and early October, is another optimal time for painting exteriors. The extreme heat of the summer has typically passed, leading to cooler, yet still warm, daytime temperatures and cooler nights. This temperature range is ideal for paint application, allowing it to dry evenly without the interference of high humidity or the intense sun. Furthermore, the reduced chance of rain during early fall ensures that the paint has ample time to cure before the colder, wetter winter months set in. Planning your painting project during these recommended times can lead to a more durable and visually appealing finish, ultimately protecting and enhancing the value of your home.

What if it rains while you are painting my house?

In case of unexpected rain, professional painters usually cover the work area with plastic sheets to protect the fresh paint. If the paint has had enough time to dry before the rain begins, it should not affect the final result. 

  • Professional painters also monitor weather forecasts closely to avoid painting during rainy or extremely humid conditions.
  • They typically plan their painting schedule to allow for drying time before any potential weather changes.
  • In addition to plastic sheets, they may use specialized waterproof coverings or portable shelters to protect their work from sudden rain showers.
  • Ensuring the paint has cured properly before exposure to rain helps maintain the quality and durability of the finished paint job.
  • Quick action is crucial if unexpected rain does occur during the painting process to minimize any potential damage and ensure a successful outcome.

Do you paint or seal decks and fences?

Yes, we do paint and seal decks and fences. This not only enhances the look of these structures but also extends their lifespan by protecting them from weather damage and potential rot.

Do you power wash before you paint?

Power washing not only cleans the surface but also prepares it for a smooth and flawless paint job. By removing any contaminants like dirt, mildew, and loose paint, you ensure that the new coat of paint adheres properly and lasts longer. This crucial step guarantees a clean and fresh canvas for your painting project, resulting in a professional finish that enhances the overall look of your home.

What are the most common exterior paint colors?

The most common exterior paint colors range from neutrals like white, beige, and gray to more vibrant colors like blue, green, and red. The choice of color largely depends on personal preference and the architectural style of your home. 

If you are part of a Homeowners Associations (HOAs), they often have guidelines and restrictions that govern various aspects of residential community life, including the colors homeowners can use to paint the exterior of their houses. These rules are typically established to maintain a cohesive aesthetic within the community, uphold property values, and ensure that the neighborhood presents a uniform and attractive appearance. Understanding these restrictions is vital for homeowners to avoid violations that could lead to fines or the requirement to redo any non-compliant work.

What if I belong to an HOA?

HOA color restrictions can vary significantly from one association to another. Some HOAs may have a pre-approved color palette from which homeowners must choose, limiting personal expression but ensuring a harmonious visual flow throughout the community. These palettes are often designed to fit the architectural style, historical significance, or geographic location of the neighborhood, ranging from conservative tones like beiges and grays to more vibrant and diverse selections in some communities. Other associations may allow homeowners to select their own colors, but require approval before painting begins to ensure the chosen hues align with the community’s standards and aesthetic.

To navigate these restrictions, homeowners should carefully review their HOA’s governing documents, 

Here are some tips to help you choose the right exterior paint color for your home:

  • Consider the architectural style of your home: Different architectural styles, such as modern, colonial, Victorian, or Craftsman, may lend themselves better to certain color palettes. Research popular color schemes for your specific architectural style to help guide your decision.
  • Take inspiration from your surroundings: Consider the natural landscape, neighboring homes, and any other existing elements like brick or stone accents that could influence your color choice. You want your home’s exterior to complement its surroundings.
  • Think about curb appeal: The exterior color of your home plays a significant role in its curb appeal. Choose a color that not only reflects your personal style but also enhances the overall look of your home from the street.
  • Consider the climate: Keep in mind that certain colors may fade or weather more quickly depending on your climate. If you live in a sunny area, you may want to choose a color that is more fade-resistant.
  • Test your choices: Before committing to a color, it’s a good idea to test a few different shades on a small section of your home’s exterior. Colors can look different in natural light compared to how they appear on a paint swatch.
  • Don’t forget about accents: Don’t overlook the importance of accent colors for elements like trim, doors, and shutters. These accents can add depth and visual interest to your home’s exterior.

How do I know when it is time to repaint my home?

There are several signs that indicate it’s time to repaint your home. These include fading paint, peeling or cracking paint, and visible wood rot or mold. If you notice any of these signs, it’s likely time for a fresh coat of paint.

How many coats of paint do I really need on my home?

The number of coats needed depends on several factors, including the color of the existing paint and the new paint, as well as the type and texture of the surface. However, typically, two coats of paint are recommended for a long-lasting finish, especially when painting a darker color.

How long will my exterior painting job last?

The longevity of an exterior paint job varies based on numerous factors such as the quality of the paint used, the type of surface, and the local climate. However, a high-quality paint job can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years.

What is the process for getting an exterior painting quote?

Getting a painting quote is simple. You can visit our website at www.barcospainting.com, email us at jeremy@barcospainting.com, or give us a call at 303-900-2064 to request a quote.

We look forward to providing you with top-quality exterior painting services!