Business in the Off Season

Off Season House Painting

There is a class of painters that don’t experience an off-season simply because they are good enough at what they do and versatile enough to make weather less of an issue you should be able to stay busy all year in many places. “Some professional painters let almost nothing, not even inclement weather, prevent them from painting a house. While professional painters can be good at stretching seasons, it is just not possible to paint during all seasons”-  Here in Central Florida I usually have many days in the rainy season, which generally lasts from May-June to what can be close to the calendar year.

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Summer Painting

Often every day is a rainy day for the entire summer season. So I’ve learned over the past 36 years to paint outside doing exterior painting rather than actually, literally it isn’t raining. NOT avoiding painting exteriors on what are likely to be rainy days.

Also extreme heat is a factor less of the time to during the hottest months. I think that is usually from June through August easily. Under manufacturer specifications we worry much more often about when it is too cold for painting outside. The specifications were were almost almost always a 55 degree threshold for not being able to apply paint with having a failure of the materials to stick properly,

An example of what happens was learned by me in a situation where the owners of a restaurant were making us paint outside even though it was 12 degrees out! We tried to mitigate the weather by making a frame of small boards and plastic wrapped around the area we were working and placing bug heaters inside to get the temperature up so the paint would adhere correctly. I warned the customers that when it warmed up paint falling off the wall would prove that is why you don’t paint when its too cold.

Nowadays, as paint manufacturing has come up with better and better formulas for manufacturing paint. From the things that make your paint job last longer to lowering the temperature at which it i possible to paint, without it failing! lol Many products, NOT ALL, that I use now make it possible to paint to temps just above freezing.

It makes sense that it will never go below freezing because physics wont allow it as long as paint is made up of mostly water, (That changes in every different brand or product and is reflected in the specs as amount of solids each one has.)

Never had to worry much above the high level at which you can no longer paint because it gets too hot for me to work either! And more so these days that can also be the case more frequently with the low temps at which paint fails because it gets too cold for me before it gets too cold for paint.

I think Christmas time is the unofficial beginning of the off-season locally not only because it starts to get cold but many people don’t have the money this time of the year more than the other parts of the years. In fact, the reason I am writing this post now is because I was surprised by the weather when I got up because of the fallibility being accurate in weather forecasts by anyone including the meteorologists. So it made sense to write about it for my blog.

For a good painter the off season shouldn’t be much of a factor other than doing more work inside while weather makes it a good time to come inside.If you have done well enough in the on-season in managing your money, profits should include being able to make it a few months with less work. Of course when it comes to painting season the further north you go the more impossible it gets to be outside at all.(Oh yeah when we got back from painting the restaurant in Detroit at 12 degrees outside, we got the phone call as soon as it heated up that spring/ summer asking us why the paint was falling off the walls in sheets, well the reason that they have not to paint below a certain temperature is that it doesn’t stick, dry right or perform most of the time at all.)

Just about all the lessons I’ve learned in 36 years experience of painting I have learned the hard way. The lessons I don’t forget because of the severe implications that have been the case.

Well I’ve also learned that having the time to maintain and improve the web site I have curated for 20 years can be just as important, as is today.