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Why Are There So Many Different Types of Paint for the Home?

Posted on Jun 11, 2019 9:00:00 AM by Eric Dokey

Why Are There So Many Different Types of Paint for the HomeWhen you start the search for paint for your home you will find that there are a lot of options. A stroll down the paint aisle will reveal many varieties of paint. There are different brands and colors of course but there are also different types of paint offered by those brands. Examples of the variations include latex paint, oil based, low VOC, high coverage, primer, top coat, high gloss, satin, eggshell, and flat. The paint you choose can include a combination of the elements mentioned above such as a ‘low VOC high gloss latex paint’. The variety of options available can leave you confused and uncertain about the right choice. Why are there so many different types of paint for the home? There are some legitimate reasons why paint suppliers offer so many options. Different types of projects require specific types of paint. In addition, the current condition of the surface you want to paint and your lifestyle will impact your paint choice. Once you identify these elements for you own project you will be able to find the paint that best fits your needs.

Type of project

The type of project you are doing is the first element you need to consider when choosing paint. An exterior project requires paint that can stand up to the elements so you should go with exterior paint. But, if you want to paint your living room the better choice is interior paint. There is paint made specifically for ceilings, floors, decks, and furniture projects. If you start with the type of project it will help you narrow down the options so you do not have to look through each and every combination of features.

Current condition of your home or walls

The current condition of the surface you want to paint will impact the type of paint you use. For example, if you want to paint a light color over a darker color you will need to use primer first, choose paint with high coverage, or go for a 2-in-1 option. Take a look at the current condition of the surface you want to paint to help you decide which option is best for your project. 


Believe it or not, your lifestyle can impact the type of paint you need for your home. If you are concerned with the air quality inside your house then you should go with low or no VOC paint options. If you have active little kids you should find an option that is made to stand up to abuse. If there are a lot of people in and out of your house you should go for a high sheen options so cleanup is easier. Each one of these lifestyle choices can also impact your paint choices.

It can feel overwhelming at first to look through all of the different paint options. But, as you learn about what’s out there you will see that you do not have to look at the options that are not a fit for your project. If you plan on hiring a professional to help with your paint project then ask their recommendation. They likely have paint products they prefer and use regularly on projects.

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