When it’s time to repaint your home, you know you’ll need a few different paints to get the job done. While each type of paint may not seem different to you when you open the can, different paints serve different purposes. When it comes to exterior painting, you’ll need to find the right one for your home. The team at Hagestad Painting & Coatings in Kalispell, MT, wants to help. Below, the experienced painters explain the difference between the materials used for exterior painting and interior painting.
The exterior of your home is exposed to changing weather conditions, and any paint used outdoors should accommodate those changes without showing signs of damage.
To prevent cracking and premature fading, exterior paint is made of flexible resins designed to take a beating, even in the harshest conditions. For instance, if your siding expands or contracts with the changing temperatures, the paint won’t bubble up or peel off.
Furthermore, outdoor paints are more resistant to UV rays and will not fade as rapidly as indoor paints when exposed to constant sunlight. Although it’s more durable, homeowners should not use exterior paint indoors, as it can release more VOCs, which can have a negative impact on your indoor air quality.
Indoor paint is specially formulated for use inside of your home and must adhere to government standards regarding VOCs and other chemical additives exterior paint does not have to meet. The inside of your home is often more consistent in temperature, even in the dead of winter.
As a result, your indoor paint is not exposed to the same environmental stresses as exterior paint, so it requires fewer additives to extend its lifespan. Interior paint should not be used outdoors as it will not last.
Whether you need an experienced team of painters to handle an exterior painting project or you’re looking for a team to refresh the inside of your home, Hagestad Painting & Coatings can help. With over 50 years of experience, the crew will help you give your home the look you want, guaranteed. Learn more about the services online, and call (406) 253-4976 to schedule a consultation.