Yes, you can have your commercial building painted in winter. As the weather gets colder it’s a good time to look around and determine if your commercial building needs some maintenance. There are many building types you may own or manage, including apartment buildings, condominiums, retail stores, offices, strip malls, doctor or dentist’s offices, car dealerships, manufacturing facilities … the list of buildings you own or manage for business goes on. Right now, it is a good time to decide if there are affordable paint changes that your building needs to ensure that it is up to code, refreshed, and looking great for the New Year. 

To properly understand why winter can be the perfect weather and time for your painting job, some people will wait until the spring or summer to schedule a painting project since painting in cold weather doesn’t seem like a good idea. Painting the inside of a building in Winter is not only possible, but it’s also a good way to get ahead on the maintenance that every building requires. Professional painters have the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to make sure that a painting project turns out beautifully, no matter what season it is.

Can I Have Commercial Painting Done in the Winter?

Many clients call us and ask, “Can I have my building painted during the wintertime?” Our answer is yes, we can always paint your building’s interior in the wintertime, and in some cases, we can powerwash, airblast, perform maintenance (like caulking) or paint the exterior. When we work on your building’s project, we make sure the conditions are ideal for the best finish for years to come.

Winter conditions may make your painting project more challenging because the weather, including wetness and humidity in the air, can affect the way paint is applied and how it dries. An important factor to think about when painting in the winter is the effect of cold temperatures on the paint application. For planning purposes, it is important to determine not just the temperature of the room, but also the temperature of the walls and other surfaces that will have paint applied. Professional painters have tools, like infrared thermometers, to measure these temperatures when painting in any weather.

Generally, while outside temperatures between 35 and 50 degrees Fahrenheit are considered cold when it comes to painting, at that temperature it’s likely not too cold to paint indoors. So, interior painting is feasible, but it does require good knowledge and planning to produce a good end result. An insulated building would typically not feel colder than that range, even in the winter, but the surface temperatures of the walls make a difference. It is important to take into account a variety of factors including project timing, project scope, weather, humidity, and type of paint.

The first and most obvious solution is to plan for a project to take a little longer in the winter to allow for the paint to dry thoroughly and completely. Generally, the colder and damper it is, the longer it will take for paint to dry. 

For example, if the paint would typically set in 4 hours at 75 degrees F, it might instead take 6 hours to dry at 50 degrees F before a second coat could be applied. It’s important to keep these timeframes in mind so that the paint dries completely between coats to ensure the best results. 

Choosing the right type of paint and the right method for controlling or planning for the colder temperatures will mean a better end result. A well-planned winter painting project will take into account all the factors that can affect the results. Professional painters will include these factors into their estimate for a project and will walk you through the process so you know what to expect for timing and cost.