Choosing Exterior Trim Paint

exteriortrimYou’ve decided on your exterior paint color and now you’re picking your paint type for both the walls and the trim on the outside of your house. Let’s talk about why it’s important to use a high quality semi-gloss paint on exterior trim.

There are a number of reasons to use semi-gloss on exterior trim ranging from functional to aesthetic considerations.

sherwinwilliamsexterioracrylicFunctionally, semi-gloss paint will result in a smoother surface compared to the flat paint normally used on exterior walls. And when you choose a higher quality semi-gloss paint, you’ll find that it translates into numerous advantages.

  • Ordinary wear and tear is reduced. For instance, opening and closing doors and windows will cause less wear when painted with a high quality semi-gloss paint.
  • The paint will stand up to harsh weather better.
  • Dirt won’t stick as easily.
  • And if dirt does begin to accumulate, the smooth surface is much easier to clean than any flat paint. Even scrubbing typically won’t harm the finish.

Aesthetically, semi-gloss paint has better color retention over time. It has a higher sheen than flat paint; creating a nice contrast between the walls and the trim. This works especially well, even with a single color paint scheme to give the trim some pop.

There are many high quality brands of semi-gloss exterior paint. For the longest lasting performance, we recommend Sherwin Williams Exterior Acrylic Latex Paint. The key to its high performance is its 100% acrylic formula that allows for better binding to the painted surface.

Schedule a visit today from one of our paint specialists. We’ll show you what we can do to beautify the outside of your home. Call 636-385-6655.