Choosing The Right Exterior Paint

It goes without saying that all homeowners want their property to look beautiful both inside and out. However, a lot of the time when considering redecorating, the exterior of a property can get completely overlooked. Ultimately, the exterior of your house plays a vital role in people's first impressions of your home, so this should be the first place you start when wanting to redesign its look. 

One of the biggest decisions to make when giving your property a new lease of life is the type of exterior paint you’re going to purchase. The paint that you choose can make all the difference when it comes to the appearance of your home and its kerb appeal too, so you want to ensure that you get this right. If you’re unsure where to even start when it comes to choosing the right exterior paint, keep reading today. 

Different types of exterior paint

The first thing to note is that exterior paint isn’t the same as interior paint. Of course, the paint you use on the outside of your home needs to be durable and weather-resistant, so don’t think you can get away with simply purchasing any type of paint. Exterior paint also has the addition of mould, fungi and mildew protection to prevent any degradation too. 

Within the category of exterior paint, you will find some options that are multi-surface paint, but others will specifically state if they are for masonry, wood or metal. Make sure you’re purchasing the right type of paint for the exterior of your home and if you have various surfaces that you need to paint, either opt for a multi-surface option or purchase more than one type of paint. 

Finishes on exterior paint 

Exterior paint also comes in a variety of different finishes too, including the most common finishes like gloss or satin for wood & metal and smooth or textured for masonry walls. Often, the finish of the paint is overlooked, especially when decorating the interior of your home but it is something that you should really think about when painting the exterior. All of the different finishes will have pros and cons, so make sure you look into these.

The most popular choice for exterior paint tends to be satin and this is often seen as a happy medium for homeowners, it isn’t flat but it isn’t glossy either. It is also chosen because it is known for being easy to maintain and you can keep it looking like you have just applied the paint, all you need to do is wash it down. 

Colours of exterior paint 

Of course, you also need to think about the colour of the paint. Arguably, this is the most important part of choosing exterior paint and it is probably the part you’ll need to think about most. There are many different factors to consider when choosing a paint colour, from the size of your home to your neighbour’s exterior colours too.

Whilst some people will want to change up the colour scheme of their home and they will be looking for a new shade or colour, others will just want to give their current colour a bit of a boost. If this is the case, you can colour match what is on the exterior of your home currently to ensure that it is exactly the same, you then won’t need to worry about the outcome.  

Deciding which paint to purchase 

Hopefully, now you know a little bit more about the different types of exterior paint you can purchase, you will find it easier to choose the right type of paint for your property. There is no denying that the exterior of your property is the most public design statement you will ever make, so take your time to ensure that you’re happy with your decision before you go ahead and start painting. 

If you’re searching for somewhere to purchase exterior paint, please visit the Decor Express website today. We stock numerous big name brands and can provide you with a vast selection of different paints to choose from. We also offer a paint mixing service so we can mix any paint colour you would like, with the finish you're looking for, ensuring it is right for the material you’re painting. If you have any questions at all about exterior paint, please feel free to get in touch, we will happily assist you further.