Choosing the right paint for the exterior of your house

Choosing the right paint for the exterior of your home is not as difficult as you may think. Figure out what your main concerns are and go from there.

  1.  If your main concern is existing stucco cracks and the possibly of future cracks appearing, then a highly permeable elastomeric or waterproofing coating is what you need.

My recommendation would be to use Sherwin Williams Loxon XP High Performance Waterproofing Coating. This product has a lot better color retention as a finish coating than Elastomeric Coatings. Elastomeric coatings are better as an undercoat. They are notorious for fading very quickly. You should always top coat elastomeric coatings with a premium top of the line 100% acrylic exterior paint.

2.    If your main concern is combating water intrusion, same as above.

3.    If your main concern is keeping the true color of the paint for a long time and resisting fading, I would recommend using one of Sherwin Williams premium lines of exterior paint.  Sherwin Williams has 4 premium lines of exterior paint.

  • Emerald Exterior Acrylic
  • Duration Exterior Acrylic
  • Resilience Exterior Acrylic
  • SuperPaint Exterior Acrylic

The prices vary obviously, but you cannot go wrong with any of these paints. All of these paints come with an outstanding manufacturer’s warranty and a high level of UV inhibitors and mildewcides.

4.   If you have raw wood on your home that needs to be painted, no matter what you are told, make sure an oil-based wood primer is applied prior to applying the finish paint. The wood graining will never bleed back through the finish paint if an oil-based primer is applied first. It also seals up the wood very well. Do not use a latex primer over raw wood.

5.    Choose a paint with a sheen (satin preferably). A paint with a sheen will stay much cleaner outside than flat paint.

2 replies
  1. Kevin
    Kevin says:

    I agree with you 100%. I very rarely leave a post on a competitor’s blogsite but I have to give credit where credit is due. You obviously have a lot of experience in the painting world. I have viewed your website and have researched your company thoroughly. I have to say, i’m quite impressed. There is a pretty big local buzz about your company. Congrats! I viewed your Facebook Business Page as well. Your company has an amazing body of work. Your website along with your blog post is very informative. You make it very simple for your customers to understand what type of paint to choose when painting exterior structures. Do you ever use any of Behr’s Paints? They have a lot of great selections as well. I will definitely try some of the Sherwin Williams products you mentioned here in your post. Again, great post! Thanks! Kevin -Orlando’s Painting Company Orlando Painting Company

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