Some smart decisions and a good command over color selection can help anyone can give that exclusive touch to his/her home décor, with the help of exterior paints. A dilapidated building can spice up with life, if coated with some skilful strokes of fresh paint. Paint is actually an amalgamation of color pigments, binders, liquids and additives. If properly applied, a quality exterior paint will not only enhance the air of a home, but also protect it from harmful environmental factors for years. Bring out the unique charm of your home with the home exterior paint selection tips given below. They will also help you in choosing the right exterior paint.
Features of a Quality Exterior Paint
- Blister Resistant
- Chalking Resistant
- Color Resistant
- Good Hiding Power
Deciding Factors for Exterior Paint Selection
- The surface that is to be painted is of utmost importance, before deciding on the type of paint you would like to go for. For e.g. wooden surfaces and trims increase/decrease with seasonal changes. So, it is important to choose a paint that expands and contracts with the wood, without showing any crevices or cracks. An elastic paint, with a satin touch, is suitable for such surfaces.
- Weather changes are also to be taken into account while choosing an exterior paint for your home. Different regions are susceptible to different weather extremes. Some areas experience heavy rainfall, whereas some areas experience excessive humidity that affects the exterior house paint. Consider the specific needs of the region and see that the paint fulfills all the weather demands.
- While choosing an exterior paint, you can either go for solvent-based (oil or alkyd) paints or water-based (latex) paints. Latex paints are comparatively easier to clean, as the liquid is water (the liquid in alkyd paints is mineral spirits) and also dry quicker than oil paints. But they might not be suitable for places with hot weather conditions and frequent sunshine and UV exposure.
- The sheen or light reflecting capability of paint is also a strong deciding factor for an exterior paint. The glossier the paint is, the easier it is to clean the surface. Select high-gloss paint for door jambs and window sheaths. A semi-gloss paint is suitable for external trimwork. Low-sheen or flat paints, on the other hand, camouflages imperfections and denting and are apposite for scratched metal siding.
- Before you paint your house, it is also important to decide if you require the application of a primer. Primer provides a uniform surface and helps the paint to properly stick to the surface. It is advisable to use a primer while painting wood or while repainting over bright colors. Consult the salesperson or follow the directions given in the user manual before you start your painting session.
Just get your painting rollers, and some colors that go with your mood and personality, and paint a whole new world for yourself.