There are a number of advantages of using the best exterior paint to the exteriors of your homes. In addition to easy cleanup, these paints are moisture resistant when dry and are durable in various types of weather conditions. However, certain surfaces should not be painted with exterior paint because it is water based. Using exterior paint on certain steel surfaces will lead to rusting of the surface. There are a few things to be considered when buying exterior paints:
Type of paint (Latex or oil based)
Surface to be painted
Weather conditions (temperature)
Ease of Application
Resistance to Mold and Mildew
Resistance to Ultraviolet Radiation (UV rays)
Environmentally friendly products
Landscaping is another important factor, selecting colors that fit into the palette. For example if you have blooming trees or greenery planted all around your home, choose colors that will complement them
Location of the house: If the house is located in an urban area using neo-classical colors would give a modern look. This would help it blend with the environment, and tends to be very catchy
There are two types of exterior paint available, one is latex paint which is a water based product and relatively easy to use, because it dries to the touch in less than an hour and is easy to maintain. Latex paint is the preferred choice for exterior use, because it ‘breathes’. This means the paint expands when the temperature goes up and contracts in lower temperature. Latex paint is very durable.
Oil based paint is another type of exterior paint, this takes four hours to dry after application. This type of paint does not expand and contract as the weather changes. Latex paint cannot be applied over a surface previously painted with an oil-based paint. This is one of the important factors to be considered when buying exterior paint, as you to have verified the type of paint used previously. If you are looking at a previously painted surface and don’t have this important information, using oil paint will be the best option.
Another important criterion to consider when you choose exterior paint for your house is the temperature of the place where you live. Check the label on the paint you are considering, to find out what temperature is recommended for use of the product. The weather must be fair, with no rain in the forecast for at least 24 hours after the painting.
Selecting the best exterior paint for your home goes beyond picking the right color. You must consider a number of factors, before selecting the right exterior paint. There are paints which are best suited for concrete surfaces, siding, trim, decks and metal surfaces. Latex paints are easier to apply, dry quickly and can minimize the moisture related problems. These paints are very easy to maintain, as the surface can be cleaned with soap and water.
This article was written by Pat Arabie on behalf of Rhino Shield, which specializes in the manufacture and application of long lasting coatings for building exteriors. Each ingredient has been individually tested and certified as the highest grade available. To understand the differences between latex paint and oil paint, visit eHow.com