Guide to Choosing the Right Kind of Exterior Paint


What is the Right Type?

When it comes to painting the exterior of your house, a longer lasting, more durable paint is the best option. You can save yourself from painting several times during the lifetime of your home if you use a quality exterior paint. But choosing between all the exterior coating products can get confusing. How do you know what type of paint is best for trim? What should you use to paint over stucco or old brick? Can you paint fiber cement siding? Should you use a specialty coating, oil-based paint or acrylic paint?

One thing to remember is that you can’t always go by the product’s stated longevity as advertised. This is because different homes are subjected to different environmental conditions and are made of different materials. While the same exterior paint lasts as long as it should on one home, that doesn’t mean it’s best for yours.

In Sheboygan, the right type of exterior coating for cold climates is important. Our homes are exposed to harsh conditions during the colder months of the year. Not only do we need a durable coating, we need one that can be applied in colder temperatures. Here is a basic guide to choosing the right type of exterior paint coating in Sheboygan and other areas of eastern Wisconsin.

Acrylic Exterior Paints Made For The Cold

A low-temperature acrylic paint can be used in temperatures from 35 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. It is best not to use an oil-based paint in low temperatures because of how long it takes to dry. You can cover an intact oil-based paint with a high-quality bonding primer specifically made for switching to acrylic house paint. More time should be allowed between successive coats of paint anytime the work is performed in cold weather.

Sherwin-Williams and Benjamin Moore offer a full line of low-temperature exterior paints. They both come with a lifetime limited warranty. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions about painting in cold temperatures.

Specialty Coatings For Your Exterior

Specialty coatings are different from standard exterior paint coatings. They can be applied over just about any surface for long-lasting protection. For instance, an elastomeric coating seals and protects stucco, masonry, and concrete. It covers hairline cracks and expands and contracts with the outdoor temperatures.

Epoxy coatings are used both indoors and outdoors. They can be applied to patios and pool decks as well as your garage floor or concrete driveway.

There are also bio specialty coatings that are friendly to the environment. These are industrial-strength wood coatings that also come in formulas for painting metal.

Many specialty coatings provide UV ray protection, thermal shock resistance, and mildew resistance. When applied correctly, they form a superior shield to natural environmental conditions.