Exterior of home with new coolwall paint

If the paint on your home is starting to peel or look faded, or you’re just ready for a new exterior look, it’s time to look at some exterior paint options for your home. Before you can begin, however, you need to make sure you choose the right paint for your home. The right paint looks fantastic now and resists fading, chipping, and peeling so your home looks great for many years.

Check the Paint on Your Home

If your home is already painted, it’s important to know what kind of paint is on your home. Most people won’t know if oil or water-based paint was used on their home. To find out, peel a paint chip off the home in an inconspicuous spot. Try to slowly break the piece. If it snaps easily, it’s likely an oil-based paint. Does it bend before breaking? Then, it’s likely a water-based paint.

Choose a Primer If Needed

If your home includes bare wood or other surfaces, a primer is going to be needed. Oil-based primers can be used with both oil and water-based paints.  So, they’re often a good choice to make sure the paint adheres to your home properly. Water-based primers can be used on most surfaces as well but can only be used with water-based paints. If your home is partially painted but has some bare surfaces that will need to be painted, choose a primer that works with the type of paint you want to use on the remainder of the house.

Oil or Water-based Paint?

A big part of choosing which type of paint is knowing what type of paint is already on the home. If there is already water-based paint, do not use oil-based paint over it as it will likely crack or peel. If there is already oil-based paint, water or oil-based paint can be used.

Oil-based paint takes longer to dry, usually around 24 hours. It provides better adhesion than water-based, blocks stains better, and can be used over woods that have tannin or sap or over metals that might rust.

Water-based paints are acrylic or latex. They dry faster and are easier to clean up compared to oil paints. They are also flexible and breathable, so they’ll expand and contract with the siding when the weather changes and aren’t going to trap moisture that could cause the paint to peel or crack.

Specialty Exterior Paint Options

Specialty paints are available today that have been designed to work better than more traditional paints. While these can be a little more expensive, they provide many benefits and are often worth the cost. Specialty paints may be longer-lasting, able to resist fading better, and more moisture-resistant. This can help you save time and money on maintenance, avoid possible moisture issues, and enjoy the fresh-painted look longer.

Because of the heat, one option that is popular in Texas is TEX•COTE® COOLWALL® exterior coating systems. They use the same heat reflective technology the military uses to reduce the “heat signature” (the solar heat absorbed by planes and vehicles). TEX•COTE® COOLWALL® has been specially formulated to reflect solar heat by changing the invisible portion of the light spectrum, thereby helping to reflect heat without changing color.

If you’re tired of the paint on your home or it’s damaged and needs to be fixed, choosing the right paint is crucial. Take a look at your home to determine what type of paint you need, then check the specialty paints to find one that’s going to be the best option for your home.