A new coat of paint is a great way to freshen up the look of your house. Use exterior paint to refresh different surfaces such as wood, masonry, stucco, vinyl and aluminum siding. Unlike indoor paint, outdoor paint must stand up to all weather conditions. It has to withstand extreme temperatures, sun exposure and moisture. Exterior paint contains more resin to help it resist fading, dirt and mildew and provide a lasting, protective finish.
House painting requires some planning. You need to determine how much you will need to complete the job and what colour you want to use. You also need to decide what type of finish you want. There are different sheen levels that range from flat (non-reflective) to gloss (highly reflective). Options include gloss, semi-gloss, flat and eggshell. Eggshell is great for large areas like siding because it hides imperfections, stands up well to abrasion and is easy to clean. Glossier paints are great for trim, particularly window sills and doors. With the right outdoor paint, you will have your home looking like new for a long time.