When we are asked which are the best exterior paints, we always consider paints that have been proven to last the test of time. There are several new exterior house paints available, that are sure to establish a good reputation. The question is, do you want to take part in the test trials? As stated in some of our previous blogs. Raw materials and the thickness of the paint play a huge role when considering the better exterior paint. But which products have been proven to last as they say they do?
Roughly in 2003, Sherwin-Williams introduced a new product to its lineup called Duration. Duration Home for interior paints and Duration for exterior painting applications. This product has the characteristics of an elastomeric product. It’s application specs are 8 mils wet and it dries at 2.8 mils. So, what does this mean to you if you’re not familiar with the mil measurements system? How do these stats compare to other exterior painting systems? Most exterior paints apply roughly 4 to 5 mils and dry at 1.3 to 1.6 mils. So if you were to apply Duration you are getting two coats of paint with only one pass. This product provides huge savings for most homeowners. However, you will pay a couple hundred dollars more for paint, but the labor will be the same. So, you may ask how do I save?
There are several exterior painting contractors that really push two coats for just about every application. In some cases two coats are necessary. For exterior repaints that are in fairly good condition Duration is the way to go. Think about it! Pay more for the labor to apply two coats while using a marginal product or pay a couple hundred dollars more for a product that will apply one thick coat?