Freshen Up With Exterior Paint
Add striking and lasting curb appeal by painting your home's exterior. A coat of paint not only creates an attractive appearance for years to come, it also protects exterior surfaces from moisture, fading and temperature changes.
Choosing the Right Exterior Paint
The best results start with high-quality paint. Water-based latex paints are preferable to oil-based paints for most exterior applications. These formulas are flexible enough to expand and contract with the siding on a house. They’re also breathable (so they won't trap moisture and crack or peel), dry significantly faster than oil-based paints and are easy to clean with soap and water.
Exterior Paint Sheens
Here are things to consider when choosing an exterior paint finish:
Flat paint is non-reflective and easy to apply and touch up. It minimizes the appearance of minor surface imperfections and is great for use on siding and fences.
Satin enamel paint creates a pearl-like finish that’s durable, dirt-resistant and moisture-resistant. It’s also a great choice for siding.
Semi-gloss is a radiant sheen that creates a hard, durable finish. It’s formulated to withstand wear and resist moisture. Use on doors, trim and outdoor furniture.
A hi-gloss sheen offers a brilliant, shiny appearance and a durable, glass-like finish that allows dirt and grime to be wiped clean. Use on doors, trim and outdoor furniture. Glossy finishes are not recommended for siding.
When selecting a colour, keep your home’s surroundings in mind. Do you want your home to stand out or blend in? Also consider the amount of light your home receives during the day. For shady areas, you may want a lighter colour to reflect more natural light, whereas sunny areas can handle a darker shade.
BEHR® Exterior Paints
is a stain-blocking paint and primer that features BEHR's most advanced dirt and fade protection technology. It creates a tough, non-stick surface that looks freshly painted for longer, even under severe weather conditions.
is a high-performance paint and primer in one that provides ultimate durability and excellent hide with fewer coats. It features NANOGUARD® technology, which forms a protective shell to resist dirt, scuffs and mildew.
Exterior paints have to contend with extreme weather conditions and are therefore designed to meet the specific requirements of your substrate. Paint types include: floor/porch, gutter, house/siding, masonry, pool/marine and roof.
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Oil and latex paints available; 100% acrylic latex lends the best results
Provides weather-resistant coverage for garages, porches, decks and concrete surfaces
Oil and latex paints are both available; oil is better for tin gutters
Adheres well to galvanized steel and aluminum
A galvanized metal primer must be applied before painting
Oil and latex paints available, with latex a more popular choice due to its quick drying time and scubbability
Withstands wear and exposure to severe weather conditions
Usually latex paint formulas
Ideal for stucco, concrete, cement and shingles
May require a special pretreatment or bonding primer
Look for a polymerized cement-based product for concrete pools
Look for paints that provide stain- and abrasion-resistance
Be sure to check for compatibility with your surface (pool, concrete deck or spa)
Look for an acrylic-latex blend of paint
Most are mildew- and algae-proof
Should not be used for waterproofing or to repair roof leaks
Can be tinted to match roof colour