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Frequently Asked Questions about Interior and Exterior Home Painting

Q: How many years should a paint job on the exterior of my house last?
Q: What are the advantages of using 100% acrylic paints on the exterior of my house?
Q: What are the different finishes available for the interior of my house and why are there so many of them?

Answers

Q: How many years should a paint job on the exterior of my house last?
A: Most manufactures may site 3-5 years of life with an exterior paint job. Even if detailed prep work and high quality paint is applied, adhesion shouldn’t be a factor, fading will begin to occur.

Furthermore, age and condition of any wood and possible cosmetic or structural cracks in the stucco/brick/blocks may prompt a paint job due to moisture concerns.

Q: What are the advantages of using 100% acrylic paints on the exterior of my house?
A: Acrylic paints were designed for wood application, although the benefits of the products are that they have longer color retention, higher flexibility and are inheritantly more resistant to moisture penetration.

Q: What are the different finishes available for the interior of my house and why are there so many of them?
A. Answering the second part of the question first: 10 to 15 years ago, generally there were three finishes; flat. Semi-gloss and gloss. The industry realized that customers wanted a higher level of maintainability and traffic resistance than what flat paints could offer, although without the higher sheen levels of semi-gloss and gloss. Since then, many new sheens and products have come to light, such as velvet, satin, eggshell, low-sheen , etc.

It is important to know that even if different manufacturers use the same terms such as velvet, eggshell or semigloss, the percentages of sheen will be different and may sometimes vary greatly. Consult your paint store or paint contractor to learn more.