If you don’t like the weather, wait a few minutes.

April, 2019

When Will My Project Begin?

“If you don’t like the weather, wait ten minutes.” Have you ever heard a variation of this expression about the status of the weather in New Hampshire? I’ve heard it many times. Mostly it seems like a statement of pride, and maybe a response to a complaint about the current conditions. Often it is exaggerated, and it comes out like this: “If you aren’t tough enough to handle the extremes in New Hampshire, then go back to where you came from.”, as if it were a test. Am I wrong? I’ve heard it in other parts of the country also. It appears to be a regional colloquialism in places that experience less than ideal weather. Conversely, I’ve never heard it said in Southern California. I don't believe this is a coincidence.

One of our most frequently asked questions is “When is our (painting) project scheduled to start?” For interior painting this can be answered with a relatively high degree of certainty. However, for exterior work it is more complicated.

For recreational purposes I think that most people adapt to the climate in which they live. If it’s nice outside there are many options from which to choose, like a picnic or boating, biking, etc... If it’s cold and snowy, they perhaps go skiing or snowshoeing. Regardless of where they live, people adopt a similar strategy if they like to spend time outside. And why not? It's better to enjoy it than complain about it. There are very few places with perfect weather (again I refer to SoCal).
However, when it comes to business, and in particular the business of exterior painting, the weather can be frustrating. We can schedule projects, but we are dependent on certain environmental conditions. Technological advancements in the paint itself have made it possible to work in a wider range of temperatures, but we still need a dry surface to begin. So, this time of year you will see us out there washing and prepping projects, and beginning to finish them, but please understand that we often get delayed due to rainy conditions. We are actively working through our commitments. You are on our schedule, and we promise that we will get to you as soon as we can. Feel free to check in with us, as many of you do, but we may not be able to give you an exact date.

Thank you for your patience.