person on scaffold painting exterior of house yellow
Photo: Pascal Blancon

All About Exterior Paint

We ask a lot from house paint. It's not only expected to give our home a new look but also to withstand freezing winters, blistering summers, soaking rains, and a daily bombardment of UV radiation without cracking, fading, or peeling.

Such miracles don't come without expense and effort. For the best results, you need an exterior paint that's packed with high-quality resins, pigments, and additives, as well as a clean, smooth surface for the new finish to stick to. Making this investment in material and labor will virtually guarantee that you won't have to drag out the ladders again anytime soon.

Modern advances in paint technology—specifically the arrival of all-acrylic formulations—have made the task of finding a top-shelf product fairly simple. Just look for "100 percent acrylic latex" on the label. You'll be getting a paint that remains flexible, breathable, and colorfast far longer than paints made with vinyl resins or acrylic blends. And because it adheres tenaciously to most surfaces, you can use it with confidence on wood, vinyl, metal, and masonry.
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