How to Choose Exterior Paint for Your House

sidintThe first step is to identify the surface being painted.  Many homes have multiple types of surfaces such as:

  • Cedar
  • Metal
  • Vinyl
  • Hardiplank
  • Concrete

We always look at what is best suited for the job. Each surface requires appropriate materials for example when painting cedar it’s best to use stain blocking capabilities since the color can bleed through.  We make recommendations based on our expert knowledge of paint and materials and are flexible and will work with you to ensure that you are happy.

How to decide the sheen?  Flat vs satin vs semi-gloss?

Rule of thumb on choosing a sheen for exterior siding — no shiny paint! It will show all imperfections. Satin lasts longer, reflects the sun UV. Satin doesn’t trap as much heat and protects paint job and siding.  Heat differential causes cracks and the paint job doesn’t last as long.

How many coats of paint?

Always 2 coats no matter age of house.  NOT 1 thick coat. 1 coat shows imperfections. 2 coats makes the paint more even. Damaged siding and wood siding we always backroll to make sure paint adheres and penetrates siding and just doesn’t sit on top. 2 light coats is better than 1 heavy coat.