If you have spent any time in the paint section of your local hardware store then you know that there are a number of different paint options. It may have you wondering why there are some many different options and how you are supposed to make a choice. The way to choose the right type of paint for your project is to consider the location of the paint job, the amount of coverage you need, and the level of use it must withstand.
The location of your paint project
The location of your paint project can help you determine which type of paint is right. The type of paint you use on the interior of your house is different than the type you use on the exterior of your house. Exterior paint is designed to withstand being exposed to elements such as the sun, wind, and rain. If you use interior paint on an exterior project it will not last nearly as long as it would if you chose the one designed for outdoor projects. The first step in choosing the right type of paint is to decide if you are painting inside or outside.
The amount of coverage you need
Another variable that you will notice as you search for paint is coverage levels. Some paint provides an average level of coverage while others are designed to provide high coverage with minimal coats. For example, some paint comes with a primer included which maximizes coverage. If you have a room that is painted dark and you want to lighten it up then you likely need a paint that provides high coverage.
The level of use the paint must withstand
The paint in your guest bedroom will likely see much less use and abuse that the paint on the walls in your kitchen. You can choose paint based off of the level of use the room it will be in gets on a regular basis. Rooms with high traffic will need a paint that is easy to clean and can stand up to higher than average wear-and-tear. The sheen that a paint has can impact how well it stands up to cleaning and high traffic. You can find paint that is specifically formulated for use in high-traffic areas of your home.
You can use the suggestions above to help you with the process of choosing the right paint for your project. If you plan to hire a painting contractor to complete the project you should wait and get a professional opinion before you make a paint purchase. Painting contractors can help you choose the paint that is the highest quality and fits the needs of your particular project.