With so many different types of exterior paint on the market, choosing the right one for your commercial property can be overwhelming. We will explore some of the most popular options to help you make an informed decision for your next commercial painting needs. But before we dive into types, let’s understand exterior paints in general. 

Understanding Exterior Paint Types

Exterior paints are specially formulated to withstand the harsh effects of weather, including sunlight, rain, snow, and extreme temperatures. They typically come in two main bases:

  • Water-based (latex or acrylic): This is the most popular choice for exterior painting due to its ease of application, cleanup, and quick drying time. Acrylic paints, a type of latex paint, offer excellent durability, mildew resistance, and come in a wide variety of colors.
  • Oil-based: While oil-based paints provide superior durability and a smooth finish, they are more expensive, have a strong odor, and require mineral spirits for cleanup. Additionally, they take longer to dry and may not be environmentally friendly.

Choosing the Right Exterior Paint for Your Needs

Here’s a breakdown of some popular exterior paint types to help you decide which is best for your project:

  • Acrylic Latex Paint: This is the most versatile and user-friendly exterior paint option. It offers excellent durability, adhesion, and resistance to fading, mildew, and cracking. Acrylic latex paints are also easy to apply and clean up with soap and water. They are a great choice for most surfaces and climates.
  • Alkyd Paint: Alkyd paints offer a good balance between the durability of oil-based paints and the ease of use of latex paints. They are ideal for high-traffic areas, trim, and doors because of their tough, enamel-like finish. However, alkyd paints can have a strong odor and require mineral spirits for cleanup.
  • Stucco Paint: Specifically designed for stucco surfaces, this paint provides excellent breathability, which allows moisture vapor to escape and prevents trapped moisture that can lead to mold growth. Stucco paint is typically acrylic latex paint with added binders for better adhesion.
  • Masonry Paint: This paint is formulated for brick, concrete, and other masonry surfaces. It is highly durable and resistant to moisture penetration, mildew, and efflorescence (the migration of salts to the surface). Masonry paint is also breathable, allowing moisture vapor to escape and preventing cracking.
  • Elastomeric Paint: This type of paint is known for its flexibility, making it ideal for surfaces that expand and contract with temperature changes, such as stucco and wood siding. Elastomeric paint can bridge small cracks and prevent them from growing larger.

Additional Factors to Consider When Choosing Exterior Paint

1. Finish 

Exterior paints come in various finishes, including flat, satin, semi-gloss, and gloss. Flat finishes hide imperfections well but are more prone to dirt accumulation. Gloss finishes are easier to clean but show imperfections more easily. Satin and semi-gloss finishes offer a good balance between durability, cleanability, and hiding imperfections.

2. Climate

Consider your local climate when choosing exterior paint. For hot and humid climates, mildew-resistant paint is essential. In colder climates, a paint that can withstand freezing temperatures is necessary.

3. Surface Material

Different surfaces require specific types of paint. Ensure you choose a paint compatible with the material of your building’s exterior, such as stucco, wood siding, brick, or masonry.

By understanding the different types of exterior paint and considering the factors mentioned above, you can choose the right paint for your project that will protect your commercial building and enhance its beauty for years to come.

Let Us Help You 

Choosing the right exterior paint can feel daunting, but it’s a crucial decision for the longevity and protection of your property. At Armadillo Painting Co., we understand the importance of using high-quality paints and the complexities of selecting the best fit for your needs and climate. Our expert team has years of experience working with all types of exterior paints and surfaces. We’ll guide you through the selection process, ensuring you choose the perfect paint to enhance the beauty and protection of your commercial property. Contact us today for a free consultation, and let us help transform your business’s exterior!