Colorado weather is known for its extremes, with snow and sleet and storms and scorching sunshine as temperatures fluctuate from one month to the next. As seasons change, severe weather affects your home’s exterior paint, resulting in peeling and cracked surfaces. It doesn’t have to be this way! We’ve compiled a list of the top exterior house paints that can survive even the most extreme Colorado weather.
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5280 Exterior’s Top Picks for Exterior House Paint
Here are some of the best paints that endure almost every type of weather in Colorado:
Sherwin-Williams Super Paint
SuperPaint Exterior Acrylic Latex, devised by paint brand Sherwin-Williams, is formulated with an advanced resin for better color retention and adhesion. It can be applied to external walls in low temperatures (as little as 35 F) and is available in five types of sheen: flat, gloss, high gloss, satin, and low luster. The product’s formula makes it a good choice for painting external walls that are susceptible to blistering, fading and peeling as a result of frost and other weather conditions. Plus, the product comes with a 25-year limited warranty.
Resilience Acrylic Latex from Sherwin-Williams provides exteriors with moisture resistance. This paint is formulated with the company’s MoistureGuard Technology, so you can paint walls in any weather condition. Like the brand’s SuperPaint, Resilience can be applied to walls in temperatures of 35 F and up. (For reference, high temperatures in Colorado in December and January, the two coldest months of the year, average 42 F.)
Sherwin-Williams recommends two coats of the product when repainting a wall, and two coats and a primer when working on a brand new exterior. This paint is available in three different kinds of sheen: flat, satin and gloss.
Duration Exterior Acrylic Latex from Sherwin-Williams prevents your exterior walls from peeling and cracking in extreme weather. Available in three kinds of sheen — satin, flat and gloss — this product adheres to the regulations that govern volatile organic compounds in paint, and comes with a lifetime limited warranty. Developed with the company’s PermaLast Technology, Duration lets you paint dark shades on exterior walls made from vinyl without the colors warping.
Exterior House Painting
Painting exterior walls bring homeowners in Colorado multiple benefits. A fresh coat of paint instantly transforms the look of your property, for example, wowing passers-by and enhancing curb appeal, and can even boost the value of your home. The right exterior paint adds thousands of dollars to the price of your house, says one property expert. Fresh paint has practical uses, too. In Colorado, the eastern subterranean termite causes damage to homes and other wooden structures. Painting exposed areas on exterior walls prevent termite damage and maintain the structural integrity of your property.
The changing temperatures in Colorado cause exteriors to crack and chip, leaving patchy areas in your walls. To prevent further damage, you need a paint product that withstands the harsh winter and provides your home with the protection it needs all year around. Go with one of our recommended paint products and your future-self will thank you!
Looking for ideas on paint colors? Check out our post on Denver color trends for your home!
Important Exterior House Painting Tips
A final note about safety. You’ll need a stable ladder when painting high surfaces, one that is positioned on the flat ground. Hiring a professional to paint your home is always a good idea. A qualified and experienced contractor minimizes time wasting, uses proper safety techniques and has the latest tools to complete a job to the highest standard.
Usually, the best time of the year to paint the exterior of your home is the summer. Warm weather dries paint in a quicker time frame, and less rain prevents the interruption of your home improvement project. The latest paint technology, however, enables you to paint your home in any weather. Products that let you paint at low temperatures are a great choice for the fall and winter months.
If you do want to carry out the work yourself, make sure you prep exterior walls before you paint your home. This removes dirt, grime, and residue, and provides you with a flat, clean surface for painting. A soft bristle brush can help you achieve this, though you might need a power sprayer for stubborn stains. Finally, a good primer is just as necessary as a high-quality paint product. 5280 Exteriors is one of the few Denver-based companies that fully prime a house before we paint it.
Not all paints or paint companies are created equal. Choose a product that withstands Colorado’s unpredictable weather to increase curb appeal and prevent damage to your property. If you are thinking about painting the exterior of your home, contact us and speak to a member of our team. We can help you get started on your painting project!