Exterior: Winsome Maroon Brown

Top Rated House paint

To find out which finishes are likely to last longest on your home, we painted and stained pine test panels and placed them on the roof of our Yonkers, New York, headquarters. We faced the boards south at 25 degrees from vertical to intensify the effects of sun and weather. One year of such severe testing is equivalent to about three years of normal weathering on a typical home. Most exterior paints held up well for the equivalent of at least three years, and the best still looked fine after what amounted to nine years under the elements. Stains must typically be reapplied more often-some after as little as one year.

As with interior paints, manufacturers typically reformulate exterior paints and stains often, partly to meet tougher federal standards limiting volatile organic compounds. VOCs can cause headaches and dizziness, and are linked to pollution, smog, and respiratory problems. Reducing VOCs in exterior paint without compromising performance had been a challenge, but now many low-VOC paints top our Ratings. Whether you paint or stain, here are some tips for getting the best-looking, most durable finish possible:

Skip the cheapest paints. As with interior paints, we've found that economy grades of paints and stains don't weather as well as top-of-the-line products from the same brand. Pinching pennies now may mean spending more down the road, since you'll need to refinish more often.

Choose the right gloss level. Flat and satin finishes are best for siding because they hide flaws by reducing reflections. Semi-gloss paints add some shine to doors and trim, providing visual contrast.

Insist on top finishes. Hiring a pro? Be sure the contract specifies the brand, line, and number of coats; for paint we generally recommend two top coats plus a prime coat over bare surfaces if paint is not self-priming.

Look for deals. Holiday weekends, including Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, are popular times for paint promos.

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Popular Q&A

What are rates for exterior house painting?

According to the 2004 National Painting Cost Estimator, exterior siding painting costs range from $25 to $70 per 100 square feet. The actual cost varies with the type of siding and the condition of the siding. Vinyl and aluminum surfaces are on the cheaper end of the spectrum whereas cedar and other wood surfaces are on the more expensive side.
The more preparation a surface requires, the more it costs.

When painting a house is it advisable to prime on top of previous coats of paint

There are variables such as old used house, or yours just repainting, have there been smokers in the house etc... also, how dark is the previous paint and how dark are you painting with? Primer seals in odors and allows you to paint over dark color paint. It is always advisable.

What is the top rated interior house paint?

i really like MAB paints. have used them for years. they have a one coat product that is good (two coats if you're painting white over a dark color).remember-cheap paint is no bargain!!

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