Choosing the Right Type of Exterior Paint

July 24, 2023 2 min read

Choosing the Right Type of Exterior Paint

The exterior of your home is subjected to all kinds of potentially damaging weather conditions. Both cold, dry days and sunny, humid days will have a lasting effect on the look and effectiveness of your exterior paint.

Paint is the barrier that protects your home, which is constantly undergoing small amounts of deterioration. The best way to prevent this from happening is to recondition the outside of your home by using the right type of paint that best suits the location and material of your home. 

There are an array of different paints, stains, and primers that can be used on your home. Here are some of the most popular. When you are ready to move forward, we are here for all your exterior paint needs.

Water-based (Latex)

Latex paints have long been a go-to for homebuyers, used both inside and outside the house. These are water-based paints that will expand with your home in warmer weather and contract in cooler weather. Latex paints will dry in about 1-6 hours and have less of an odor than some of the other options such as oil. A bonus with latex paints is that because they are water-based all you need is soap and water to clean them. It is important to note that you can use latex paints overtop of existing oil paint but not over other latex or water-based paints.


Oil paint was once sought after as the number one choice for exterior paint. This paint will create a thick layer over top of your surfaces, penetrating the material you are painting on. Areas where oil paint would be the most useful, are frequently used spots like the front door, decks or hand railings. Oil is perfect to use in areas that are prone to rust. These paints will dry durable and hard making it difficult to mark up or stain. Oil paints can be very toxic and take a long time to dry. These paints require a solvent to break down the oil when cleaning the brushes used to apply the paint.


For homeowners with exteriors that are primarily made from wood, a stain may be the best option. Stains let the natural grain and patterns of the wood stay visible. Although some paints may offer longer-lasting protection, stains have been developed to withstand time as well as more severe climates. Stains come in a variety of different finishes. The three most common types are clear, opaque, and semi-transparent. Clear stains will keep wood visible but offer less protection than semi-transparent. Opaque stains offer the most protection but are comparable to paints in how they look. You can choose the color of these stains which will last for over 10 years. Semi-transparent will provide a mid-ground offering clarity, tint, and protection.

Speak with our team.

Attempting to fully understand the spectrum of exterior paint can be made easier by breaking it down into steps. Imagine the ideal outcome and work backward. Take into consideration the climate of your area, the material your home is made from, and the level of durability you are seeking. Regardless of your paint choice you can contact us and get started today.

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