Are you looking for a contractor?

Submit our quick form and get quotes now!

Table of Contents

What Products Should You Use For Exterior Painting? | Renovation Quotes

What Products Should You Use For Exterior Painting? | Renovation Quotes

Exterior renovationsWhat Products Should You Use For Exterior Painting? | Renovation Quotes

Painting the outside of a house can be a long and gruelling process, but if completed correctly, the transformation can be dramatic! When high-quality exterior paint is applied to a properly treated surface, it’ll last much longer than expected. As well, it will protect the outside of your home from sun, wind, rain and snow. Although the price of paint will often indicate quality, there are several other factors that will help you to determine which paint is right for the exterior of your home.

Here is some advice about the products to use for an exterior painting project

Latex Paint

There is an ongoing debate regarding the right type of paint to use on the exterior of your home. The competition stands between oil-based products, including alkyd paints, which clean up with mineral spirits, or water-based paints which are often referred to as latex paints. Most experts would suggest that water-based paints win hands down. Where oil-based paints block moisture generated inside a home, water-based paint allows for water vapour to pass through the paint film and escape to the outside world. However, when painting an exterior of a home, it is possible to use either paint, and this decision is entirely up to you.

Cost 

You may be tempted to skimp on paint in order to save money, as paint varies greatly in cost. However, most experts would argue that the premium line from any manufacturer will cover better and last longer than a cheaper brand or product. The costliest part of a painting project is in the labour itself, so buying a premium paint is the homeowner's best bet. Look for a warranty on the paint you choose, as this will be a guide to the quality of paint. Most manufacturers and retailors will offer more than one exterior paint, so here are a few other ways to determine which type of paint would be best for the façade of your home:

Pigment 

If your paint has a quality pigment, it will last longer; simple as that. Choosing a paint with lower-cost pigment will mean that the product must be applied in several coats and will involve much more work, as well as more product. Look for titanium dioxide pigment for painting an exterior of the home, as this will last the longest.

Percentage of Solids

Solids are what’s left over when the paint has dried. With that in mind, you’ll want to look for paint with a high level of solids, specifically anything over 45 percent, as this will create a dense and durable coat of paint.  Some manufacturers will add cheap fillers to boost the solid percentage. It is important to ask your retailer about solid percentage, as this information generally won’t be included on the label.

All-acrylic binder

The binder holds the pigments, mildewcides and other solids together, forming the actual paint. For best results, you want a paint with an all-acrylic binder. An all-acrylic binder is more weather resistant in comparison with vinyl or vinyl-acrylic. Also, consider the material of the surface you will be covering with the paint. Most water-based paints can be used on wood, hardboard siding and trim, as well as vinyl, aluminum siding and masonry.  If you are working on stucco, consider using an elastomeric paint. Also, consider tailor-made paints that are specific to the weather conditions of the region you’re living in, as climate plays a large factor in the longevity of your paint.

Choosing a Paint Colour for an Exterior Painting Project

Exterior painting_RenoQuotes.com

source: Pixabay, pozytywnewnetrza

If you’re stressing out about what colour you’re going to paint your home, don’t fret too heavily. Take a trip down to your local hardware or paint store and speak with someone who can offer colour cards that suggest colour combinations for things like siding and trims to match the exterior of your home. If they don’t have colour cards on hand, a paint dealer should be able to help you with the colour match without a problem. It is recommended that you favour lighter hues for your home's facade, as dark colours absorb heat, which could lead to moisture problems in the long run.

Preparation

So, you’ve chosen a colour and style of paint, and now it’s time to prep for the project! Unfortunately, it doesn’t matter much what style or brand you choose if your house isn’t properly prepared for the job.  Make sure to use a primer if you are painting a surface that hasn’t been treated. Primer will seal off the surface and provide a proper palate for your paint to adhere to.

If you’re working on bare wood, look for an alkyd primer, as they stop bleed-through.  If you are repainting, it is not completely necessary to prime first, especially if you do not notice any cracking or flaking in the paint. It is also important to follow the painting instructions, as the outside temperature will affect how well both the paint and primers stick to your home's exterior!

For more about exterior painting, check out this article on our blog: How to Update Your Home's Facade Using Paint

Get 3 renovation quotes for your exterior painting project

RenoQuotes.com will put you in contact with 3 reliable contractors for your exterior painting project. Fill in the form on our homepage (it only takes a few minutes), and you will receive quotes from trusted professionals.

Dial 1-844 828-1588 to speak with one of our customer service representatives

Get 3 free quotes for your project!

Submit a project and get 3 free quotes!


Last modified 2023-11-07

List of sources


Get 3 free quotes for your project!

Submit a project and get 3 free quotes!

Looking for something else?


Table of contents


Get 3 free quotes for your project!

Submit a project and get 3 free quotes!

Are you a contractor?

Join our network and receive real leads!

Download the price guide for renovations

We’ll be emailing you the latest market price guide for renovations.



Related articles

The latest industry news, interviews, technologies, and resources.

6 min read

N/A • 07 Nov 2023

What to Check Before Buying a New Property

Buying a property with a prospective house in mind is a big deal. This will be both an important and complex decision in any individual’s life as this kind of commitment takes an ample amount of research, time and money.

6 min read

RenoQuotes.com • 06 Dec 2023

HOUSE EXTENSION PROJECT: Budget and Techniques

Your house may be running out of space, but why leave the ideal setting where your kids grew up? Since moving out is off the table, building onto your family home becomes mandatory. If you happen to find yourself in this situation, you’ve definitely come to the right place! Our article will detail everything you need to know about building an extension onto your house.

5 min read

RenoQuotes.com • 10 Jan 2024

What Are the Telltale Signs Your Windows Should Be Replaced?

Your windows make up an integral part of your home, keeping the air inside fresh as well as offering ample light and views of what lies outside. But, what if your windows no longer fit in with your home décor or maybe they’re not performing as efficiently as before? In any case, it’s important to know when to change your windows.

4 min read

RenoQuotes.com • 22 Feb 2024

How to find a good house painter

Each renovation project comes with a lot of concerns and questions. This is why when comes the time to give your walls a fresh coat of paint, finding a trustworthy house painter will be the key in order to keep your serenity. Finding a good contractor isn't always an easy job and requires a minimum amount of research in order to limit any inconveniences.

6 min read

RenoQuotes.com • 07 Nov 2023

Wardrobe and Closet layouts: 10 examples

We’re accustomed to seeing two classic types of wardrobes: the small cluttered closet or the huge walk-in wardrobe reserved for upscale homes. Of course, to limit yourself to these two options is to forget a multitude of closet arrangements that exist and that can be easily adapted to your needs.


Looking for a contractor?

Submit a project and get 3 free quotes now!