When it comes to the outside of houses, there are several different types of materials that are used. Whether it is wood siding, aluminum, brick or any other type of material, the type of paint that you use to paint these exteriors is going to be different. It is important to know what type of paint works best for your home exterior. L.W. Winslow Painting, Inc. is here to talk about what types of paint you should use for different types of materials used on a home’s exterior.
What is the Most Durable Type of Exterior Paint for Different Surfaces?
As far as home exteriors go, there are five materials that are most commonly used. You want to make sure that you’re choosing the most durable type of paint possible for the exterior of your home, depending on what your home is made of.
- Wood & Shingles: When the homes exterior is either wood siding or shingles, the best type of paint you can use is a water based latex, acrylic enamel, or a acrylic latex enamel paint. These types of paint are going to provide you with the most durability. You will find that they are and will not fade like other types of paint will. These types of paint have the ability to expand and contract which is important with wood as it is able to absorb moisture easily. Having a flexible paint is essential.
- Aluminum: Many homeowners don’t realize that with aluminum siding you can still repaint it for a change. You want to make sure that you are choosing acrylic latex paint that is designed specifically for use on metal. The best paint sheens to use on aluminum siding are flat or satin to hide imperfections on the siding.
- Vinyl: If you have vinyl siding, you’re going to want to use acrylic paints that have been formulated with urethane resins that are made specifically for vinyl. You should avoid using colors that are too dark as vinyl siding can only absorb so much heat before warping and buckling happens. Also, choosing a paint color that is a shade or two darker than you want will help you avoid too many coats of paint.
- Bricks: While you can paint bricks, you need to be aware that it needs to be done carefully. If there is any moisture at all, it can get trapped between the paint and the brick and cause structural damage to the home. Sometimes, it is better to have the bricks stained by a professional rather than painted if you are wanting to change their color.
- Stucco: You definitely want to choose a flat Sheen when you are painting stucco. Elastomeric paint is the best choice for stucco as it repels water better than acrylic paints do.