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Sherwin-Williams House Paint at Lowe’s

As a painting contractor, we are frequently asked which paint manufacturers we use most. There are several reasons that we prefer to use Benjamin Moore, PPG, and Sherwin-Williams as our primary interior and exterior house paints. However, now these products are offered in Home Depot and/or Lowe’s as well!

To level the playing field, most all paint companies have high and lower quality products. But you don’t always get what you think you are paying for!

The Bigbox Store Issues

Big box brands notoriously offer poor-performing paints along with an expensive price tag.  When prices are compared to competitors they don’t seem expensive. However, once consumers are educated on the presence of cheap resins and low pigment percentages by volume and weight, they often are convinced otherwise.

  1. Stores don’t frequently or properly calibrate machines.
  2. They also don’t typically offer professional assistance.
  3. When faced with tech or a general question regarding the product, there is the notorious new guy.
  4. Often there is someone present that is not assigned to that department working the paint counter.
  5. They can hardly ever match paint correctly or recreate what you have already purchased.

Yes, there are slight variances even with the better suppliers. However, the variances happen much less frequently. For these reasons, we prefer brands such as Benjamin Moore, PPG, and Sherwin-Williams purchased at a dedicated Sherwin – Williams paint store.

Why The Larger Brands

Larger paint manufacturers generally have the capital to conduct extensive research, tests, and develop their products. House paint sold at home improvement stores lose a larger percentage of sales in order to compensate the retailer. Meaning, Home Depot retains a large percentage of the sales price.

On the other hand, paint manufacturers are not faced with the overhead of having to sustain a brick and mortar building or heavily market their product. Yet and still most paint makers are more concerned with profit margins, rather than offering quality interior or exterior house paint.A great example is the paint giants Glidden.

Glidden Paints

Did you know that Glidden has a national and global brand? And we find the global brand to be slightly better than what’s sold in local retailers. However, in recent years another paint giant, PPG, has acquired the local Glidden brand. It gets confusing, I know! However, we are not sure how/ if these changes in ownership will affect the overall performance of the paints produced.

Research and development help improve paint performance. Outside of performance RD also offers the means of manufacturing sustainable interior and exterior paints.

At ATOC we like to support the small guys at Benjamin Moore. They offer a wide range of quality residential products, conduct detailed RD, and seems to simply be doing the right thing. Even, the larger Sherwin-Williams have come on board introducing their more sustainable Emerald line of paint. So, when we are asked why we use these manufacturers we say…why use anything else?

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