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Choosing Exterior House Paints

by / Monday, 14 May 2012 / Published in Exterior House Painting

If you want to repaint the exterior of your home, it can be overwhelming to decide what kind of paint to use. Paints can range anywhere from $10 to over $100 per gallon. They come in many different types of mixtures, bases, and sheens.  If you can afford it, it is ideal to use a paint that is 100% acrylic latex. A typical paint mixture on the exterior of many homes is composed of 20% acrylic and 80% vinyl ingredients. A paint with 100% acrylic latex will cost more, but will last longer in the end. Latex paint is easier to work with and will hold color longer than acrylic blends or vinyl resins. It will adhere to most surfaces including vinyl, wood, and stone.

“Latex” is the term that is associated with water-based paints. Oil-based paints used to be more popular. However, water-based paints became available in the 1950s, and were easier to use and clean up. This, coupled with stricter viscosity regulations on oil-based paint, caused water-based paint to become the preferred type of paint. It is recommended to use water-based paints in most cases, except if you are painting the trim, doors, and especially porch floors. Latex is very convenient, but has a hard matching the toughness, resistance to dirt, and glossiness that oil-based paints naturally provide.

What if your home is made of stone? When choosing a paint for masonry, brick, or stucco, it is necessary to choose a paint that can breathe. Acrylic paints are ideal for this, but since cement has a high pH, you will also need to use an alkali-resistant primer. Lime or mineral paints can be used instead of acrylic paint. Lime paint is comparable in price to acrylic paint. Mineral paint lasts significantly longer than either of the other two paints (two coats can last 50 years). However, it is also very expensive (around $90 per gallon).

We at GreenWay know that you want a certain look, at a certain price. All of our paint is low viscosity, which means it’s healthier for you and your family. We will work within your budget to achieve the look that you want. If you need a Cincinnati painter, contact us for a free estimate today.

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