Sherwin-Williams Duration
Sherwin-Williams Duration

Best exterior house paint

When asked to identify the best exterior house paint, building and painting contractors name Sherwin-Williams Duration more than any other paint. It's also mentioned as a better alternative when pros are asked about other paints. The major drawback is a high price, but every expert source says expensive paints are a good value because they last much longer than economy paints. Duration house paint is guaranteed not to blister or peel for as long as you own your house. Experts say Duration applies and bonds better than other exterior paints and hides pre-existing paint or primer. Duration is marketed as a one-coat paint.
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*Est. $55 per gallon Estimated Price
Sherwin-Williams SuperPaint
Sherwin-Williams SuperPaint

Best value exterior house paint

If Sherwin-Williams Duration paint is out of your price range, experts commonly recommend Sherwin-Williams SuperPaint. Professionals say a coat of SuperPaint both goes on and dries thinner than Duration, and you'll probably need two coats if you use SuperPaint. Although it's not the best paint you can buy, SuperPaint is a popular choice among experts, with long endurance and a 25-year warranty. Both Sherwin-Williams Duration and SuperPaint are available in flat, satin and gloss finishes, and SuperPaint also comes in high gloss.
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*Est. $40 per gallon Estimated Price
Behr Premium Plus
Behr Premium Plus

Budget exterior house paint

Behr Premium Plus is one of the best-performing exterior paints in simulated fade tests -- and one of the least expensive. Testers say it holds up well in accelerated-wear tests that mimic nine years of exposure to sun, rain and snow. However, some professional house painters caution against using any budget-priced exterior paint, including Behr. They say more expensive paints such as Sherwin-Williams Duration or Sherwin-Williams SuperPaint do a better job.
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*Est. $13 to $19 per gallon Estimated Price
Sikkens Cetol SRD Semi-Transparent Stain
Sikkens Cetol SRD Semi-Transparent Stain

Exterior house and deck stain

After the equivalent of three years of weather exposure, deck wood treated with Sikkens Cetol SRD Semi-Transparent Stain looks better than wood treated with semi-transparent stains from Olympic, Sherwin-Williams and Wolman in one professional test. Professional contractors also recommend this stain, which penetrates wood to preserve it and repel water without flaking or peeling like a solid stain or paint can -- especially on horizontal surfaces such as a deck (which suffer more weather abuse than siding or other vertical surfaces), or on rough wood such as cedar shakes. Still, on smooth, vertical surfaces, experts say most paint will outlast even the best stain.
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