As a homeowner, you may at some point decide that the exterior of your home needs a new paint job. If this is the case, you probably have thought about the color you are ready to go with. However, it is not just about choosing the paint color. Here are a few other things that you need to keep in mind when it comes to choosing the right paint for the exterior of your home:

  • Durability: If you choose a really intense color for the exterior of your home, then you have to remember that this color is much more likely to fade. Plus, these colors can even result in a few maintenance problems. This is because darker colors absorb heat, causing moisture problems such as water damage. The plus side of darker paints, however, is that they won't show stains as easily. But this may not rule out the other problems that dark colors present. 
  • Sheen: Exterior paint colors also come in many different sheens that will make the paint appear either more glossy or more flat. Glossy paint is much more likely to show imperfections, such as brush strokes. However, glossy paint is easier to clean. Flat paints may be better for the exterior of the home, though, because the outside appearance of your home makes a huge difference in the attractiveness of your home as a whole, which affects the overall value of your home. 
  • Deceptions: Most likely, before you have chosen the color of the new paint for your home, you have looked at color swatches. You must keep in mind that these colors will appear much more different in the sunlight, and they usually appear lighter once they are applied to the surface. If you like a particular color, you should consider purchasing a shade darker, which you should be sure to test before you buy as much paint as you need to paint your whole home.
  • Surrounding: Also be sure that you look at your surroundings before choosing a paint color for your home. This means you should be looking at the parts of the exterior of your home that will not be painted, such as the roof, any natural brick, window frames, and more. You will also want to look at your neighbor's houses. You don't want your paint color to clash with theirs, but you also don't want it to be too set apart that your house appears not to fit in.

By carefully selecting exterior paint for your home, you can be sure that you are going to be able to stay happy with the paint choice for many years before you ever need to touch it again. Plus, choosing the right paint color can also ensure that you are going to be able to keep the value of your home high.

Consult with a painting contractor if you want professional help with choosing the right paint for your home's exterior.

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