Planning on painting the exterior or interior of your home or business? It is important to choose the correct paints that not only will look great but last for years.
For interior paint jobs, oil-based paints used to be the best choice for long-lasting paint jobs. These paints lasted the longest for two reasons, durability and that they dried rock hard. Many oil-based paints have been taken off the market because of their high levels of volatile organic compounds (VOC). VOCs in the paint cause a very strong odor and are dangerous to human health and can cause harm to the environment.
If oil-based paint is still available in your area, it is beneficial to use it on risers, treads and stair stringers because these are high traffic areas. The paint will last a long time on these surfaces, but be prepared for a strong odor that may last a few months. Painting with oil-based paints is best done during the warmer months so you can plan to leave the windows open to ensure adequate ventilation.
Alternatives to oil-based paints
Don’t want to use oil-based paint? Don’t worry. There are some great options that are actually easier to use and clean up. Look for water and alkyd based paints, both are safe for the environment and will look great on your walls. Some recommendations of brands that have high quality paint products are Benjamin Moore Royal Classic and Aura, and Duration Home and Emerald from Sherwin Williams. A good trick to knowing if the paint you pick will last for years is the price. If it sells for more than $30 per gallon retail, chances are that it’s an excellent paint.
When thinking about spending the money on high quality paint, you want to know how long it will last and continue to look good on the walls of your home. A quality paint job will last about a minimum of ten years. If there is heavy traffic in your home, or dogs, kids and frequent parties, then it may age a bit faster. Most people end up repainting sooner not because of the paint chipping or fading but because they want to change the look of their home with a new color.
For exteriors, the paints that will last the longest are high quality acrylic paints. Some examples of good high quality choices are Benjamin Moore Aura, Sherwin Williams Duration Exterior and their Emerald line and certain Behr products from Home Depot. These big companies will stand behind the quality of their paints to make sure you are a satisfied customer.
The length of time that your exterior paint job will last depends on the region where you live. In most climates, the paint should last five to seven years. The wood trim on the house or siding is a different story. It will start to fade and show its age within 3 years. This is due to the sun exposure. The darker the color, the more sun and heat it will absorb forcing you to repaint sooner. Select a lighter color and the paint will last longer.
The biggest reason that paint will chip, peel or fail is that quality paint is applied over an existing painted surface. Sometimes the old paint will delaminate under the new paint in some places and start to peel. To prevent this from happening and to help extend the life of your paint job, you should always scrape off the loose paint or strip the entire surface. The key is using a quality primer on the raw wood and then using several coats of the correct premium paint and you’ll have a beautiful paint job that will last for years.
About this Angie’s List Expert: Martin DeVincenti is the owner of Benchmark Painting & Carpentry. With its headquarters in Kensington, Md., and offices in Boynton Beach, Fla., the company primarily provides carpentry, remodeling and painting services to the Washington D.C. and Balitmore areas. The company has earned multiple Angie’s List Super Service awards since 2009. Follow this #ALExpert contributor on Google Plus.
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