The Best Types of Paints and Stains to Consider for Exterior Finish

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Last updated on January 14, 2021

Through years of rain, heat, and wind, the exterior finish on your home will eventually need to be retouched. Many types of paint and stain can help protect the exterior of your home from the harsh effects of weather, so you won’t have to update your exterior in the near future.


Paints are certainly not one and the same. In fact, there are so many out there, that it can be hard to know for sure which is the best for your house without some insider help.


Paints made completely with acrylic resins are preferred overall, but even within this category, there are varying proportions of ingredients that affect coverage rates, dry-film thicknesses, and durability.

A higher solids ratio, where the resins and pigments are of high quality, usually indicates a great choice for exterior paint. The coverage and dry-film thickness of the paint that you select affects how much you need to buy, as well. Our talented team can help you figure out exactly how much you need, based on your project, the shades you like, and other factors.


Oil-based paints are less common now, but these finishes do leave an added gloss, smoothness, and dirt-resistance that is worth a second look. This paint is particularly durable, so it’s a great option for porch floors, trim, and other details that see a lot of wear or traffic.


Transform your home’s exterior with a coating that leaves a sheen while still allowing the texture of your siding to shine through. Stains are typically applied on wood surfaces, whether that’s paneling, columns, railings, or decks. Although this option is not as durable as paint, staining is still a viable option, depending on the type of surface you’re coating and your design goals.

If you think a stain might be the best option for your home, consider the difference between solid stains and semi-transparent stains. Solid stains last longer and produce much stronger colors, but they can peel and are challenging to touch up or redo.

Semi-transparent stains are the best option if you’re looking to update the look of wood surfaces, leaving a semi-transparent finish that is typical of oil stains. Stains are easier to recoat than paint, making this process straightforward.

Your Kansas City home is your biggest purchase, so invest in quality, long-lasting exterior finishes to keep your home up to date and protected. From siding to fences and porch steps to columns, their color can fade, calling for a refresh to the finish of your home. Though you’ve likely thought about picking up the paintbrush yourself, it’s important to know that painting an entire house is a large job that requires significantly more equipment than a room inside your house.

Don’t think this is the job you can DIY? Call in our professional team to do the job right, from start to finish. Give your home a facelift with Schloegel Design Remodel painting services by contacting (816) 656-2852 today.

Need more painting tips? Be sure to check out our Complete Homeowner’s Guide to Painting Your Home in Kansas City.