Latex vs. Oil-Based Paint for Home Exteriors

February 11, 2022

Picture of the exterior of a yellow house with a large front porch and a bay window.If you’re planning to update the exterior of your home with a fresh coat of paint, you may be wondering what type would be best for the job. Should you go with latex paint or oil-based paint? Each option offers its own set of advantages, which we’ve outlined below, so it’s a good idea to consult with a professional painter who can provide you with a customized recommendation based on your specific needs.

Latex Paint Benefits

Many homeowners choose to use latex paint for the exterior of their home because, when compared to oil paint, it:

  • Takes less time to dry
  • Produces less odor
  • Provides better protection against mold and mildew growth
  • Is less likely to yellow over time
  • Can be applied in colder weather (oil paint typically can only be applied when temperatures are above 50 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Produces lower volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions

Oil Paint Benefits

Oil-based paint is also an excellent option for a home’s exterior. Compared to latex paint, oil paint:

  • Is more durable
  • Produces a smoother finish
  • Covers more thoroughly in a single coat
  • Is less likely to cause wood to swell
  • Better adheres to existing oil-based paint

For More Information

If you’d like to know more about the difference between latex and oil-based paint and find out which one is best suited to your home, contact Southern Painting today. We’re a full-service interior and exterior painting company that’s been in business since 1989, and we’re pleased to serve homeowners across Florida, Georgia, and Texas. Our knowledgeable team members will be happy to answer your questions, tell you more about our company, and connect you to the location nearest you so that they can schedule a free in-home consultation.

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