Exterior Product Selection

Consumer magazines and television programs regularly test exterior paints. While these tests conducted can be informative and useful, the procedures for testing paints and other coatings cannot be accepted as the definitive statement on paint quality. Many factors must be considered when judging the quality of a particular paint.

For example, exterior surfaces in Houston are subjected to considerably different conditions than those experienced in northern climates. High temperatures and humidity, and mildew growth, are two factors more prevalent in southern climates. An alkyd paint may perform well in a northern climate, but will develop cracks and foster mildew growth in Houston.

A number of paint manufacturers have developed a reputation for producing superior products, and the cost of their products reflects this reputation. At times, this reputation has been aided by articles and reports. The durability of a paint is primarily determined by the type and amount of resin it contains. For most exterior applications, a 100% acrylic resin is recommended. An examination of the product data sheets of the highest quality paints made by leading manufacturers reveals that each contains approximately the same quantity of acrylic resin.

By this standard, there is little difference between these paints. Our experience confirms that these products perform equally well.

Proper surface preparation and application of the product according to the manufacturer’s specifications are as important as the quality of the paint.

The adage ‘you get what you pay for’ is not always true. Sometimes, savvy marketing can create an image of quality which doesn’t actually exist. In the case of paint, the contents of the can are more important than the quality of the label.

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