Choosing the Best Paint for Exterior Walls

Have you noticed the paint of your home needs a touch-up? Maybe you’re wanting to sell or just

looking for a little bit of an aesthetic change? Repainting the exterior walls of your home can be

just the thing to give it a little sprucing up. One of the most crucial steps to beginning your home

makeover will be choosing the best paint for your exterior walls. This decision will make all the

difference in getting a good quality paint job that you’ll be happy to see every day and will last

as long as possible.


Start With a Budget

Knowing how much you’re willing to spend is a great starting point when choosing your paint.

Setting a budget will allow you to figure out how much of a certain kind of paint you will be able

to afford and whether it will be enough based on the square footage of space you’ll need to

cover. Having a larger budget allows for the purchase of the highest quality of paint that’s available.


We always recommend going with the highest quality of paint that works with your budget. If

your budget allows, having a professional help you choose the best paint and paint your home

can take a lot of the stress out of fixing up the exterior of your house.


Picking Your Base and Finish

There’s a lot to think about when choosing a type of paint for your exterior. You’ll want to

consider the surface you’ll be painting as well as the Arizona climate when making your choice.

Latex and oil-based paints are the two primary types of paint you will have to choose from.

Each comes with pros and cons to consider before you make your final selection. Typically for

walls made of stucco, which is common in Arizona, you’ll want to stick with acrylic latex-based

paints. Oil-based paints are usually more effective when covering wooden surfaces, such as the

trims of your home.


Once you’ve picked your base, you’ll want to match it with a finish. Put simply, the finish of paint

determines the final look and sheen, or amount of light that the paint will reflect, of your home.

Finishes range from flat to high-gloss with several options in between. Ultimately, you can use

any finish on any surface, but each has an area where it will shine and last the longest. For

exterior stucco walls, an eggshell finish is usually the top pick for its durability and low-shine

finish. When choosing the best paint finish for your exterior doors, trims, or other details, it

ultimately comes down to your personal preference on the amount of sheen you’d like. From a

satin finish to a semi or high-gloss, each can help make the accents of your home pop and

stand out amongst the rest of the neighborhood.


Choose your Color

Once you’ve picked the type of paint you’ll be using, it’s time to get the right color. There are

unlimited combinations that you can choose from to create the perfect look for your home. In an

endless sea of options, having a second opinion from family, friends, or a professional can help

narrow down your choices and create the home of your dreams. Whether you choose to match

the desert landscape, follow the top trends, or come up with something all your own, the

decision will play a huge part in determining the aesthetic of your home.


At the Arizona Painting Company, we’re here to help you get your home looking its best! Whether

it’s a consultation to help you choose the best paint and colors or painting your exterior walls,

our experts are ready to help. Contact us today to take the first steps towards your exterior

home makeover.