Exterior painting is a process that can hold a lot of question marks for homeowners. There is surface preparation and repairs to think about, primers, materials, the weather, and the age-old color dilemma: should you try a new look or refresh what you have?
When the time arrives to actually buy your paint, you might just face a new question as you look at the various price tags and brands: is the more expensive paint really worth it? While price isn’t always a determiner of quality, when it comes to paint you certainly will pay more for better products. Sometimes a lot more.
What Makes One Paint Better than Another?
When we get right to the heart of the matter, it comes down to the quality of the ingredients. Just as a refresher, here are the three primary components of your paint’s formula:
The resin is the binding agent in your paint, and when it is of superior quality it contributes to a formula that will last longer (always a benefit!).
Name-brand paint also typically has less solvent (the filler that carries the pigment and resin), meaning that after it’s applied it will maintain a more consistent, even coverage.
What Are the Real-World Benefits of Using Quality Exterior Paint?
Let’s step back just a bit further and look at the practical, daily benefits. These include:
- Better Adhesion – Once again, we can thank the binding agents for this. Solid adhesion means that issues like peeling and flaking are pushed much further into the future.
- Durability – The strength and flex of modern, quality paint formulas are fantastic.
- Slower to Fade – Vibrant, longer-lasting colors are possible thanks to better pigments.
- Longevity – This is the real heavy-hitter! Investing in more expensive paint might cause a higher price tag for your project now, but when compared to needing to paint more frequently it quickly becomes a savings opportunity.
- Ease of Application – An even, smooth thickness creates a more forgiving and easy painting process.
So, at the end of the day, we can confidently say that using premium paint will allow for a smoother, longer-lasting finish when paired with proper paint preparation techniques. If you have any other questions about your interior or exterior painting project, why not contact us today? It would be a pleasure to serve you!