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How to Choose a Paint Finish

If you’re looking to change the color of your home, painting contractors in Philadelphia PA are able to provide you with nearly any type of paint job that your heart desires. But what type of paint finish is the best for your home? Here are the four most common types of paint finishes, and some considerations to keep in mind before choosing which paint is right for your home.

  • Sometimes referred to as “flat,” matte paint reflects no light and doesn’t give off any of the “sheen” seen in other types of paint finishes. It’s a common choice for covering old wooden siding because it’s excellent at hiding bumps, cracks, or stains.
  • Perhaps the universal paint finish, satin finishes are becoming more and more common in exterior painting in Lower Merion, PA due to the increase in manufactured siding. Satin finishes offer a subtle degree of shine and provide an easy-to-clean surface. Wooden siding also looks great in a satin finish because the paint doesn’t provide an excessive amount of shine, like gloss and even some semi-glosses.
  • Semi-gloss. A semi-gloss finish will produce a visible shine upon drying, so it is usually reserved for shutters and doors. It provides a very durable and tough surface that can withstand frequent cleaning and environmental impact, so if your home is located in an area that experiences a large amount of heavy rain or snow, semi-gloss paint may be a more economical choice. This easy cleanup also makes semi-gloss the finish of choice for most cement or masonry painting.
  • Glossy finishes are considered to be the most “shiny” paint finish, so their look is usually too harsh for exterior siding. However, they can provide a tough yet appealing look when used to accent trim or shutters, and some are even beginning to paint their doors with gloss finish paint.

If you are interested in learning more about different paint finishes or scheduling our painting service, we encourage you to contact us today!

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– Mike and Toni K

Your team came to work everyday. And each day, they worked hard, demonstrated professionalism, and were courteous and respectful of our house and family. Even with some rain, your team completed the entire job on time and on budget, as promised!

– Mark M. and Kate W

Thank you for your excellent work painting our home! You and your crew arrived on time, got the job done quickly, and did not leave a single drop of paint where it wasn’t supposed to be.

– Michelle M.

The quality of work was excellent and the house looks totally refreshed. I was also impressed that they arrived on time each day and finished their job on schedule.

– Mike F.

Thanks again for a great job on painting my old farmhouse. You and your team made it look almost like new… quite a feat given the condition when you started.

– Fred S.

Anyone who has experience with contractors knows how difficult it can be to find the right combination of quality work, reasonable prices, and professionalism. I can truly say that Fox Painting delivers in all those areas.

– James and Kathleen L.

They were extremely respectful while working in my home. They made sure that the entire floor area was covered while being painted, and cleaned thoroughly. The final product matches exactly what I had envisioned and I would recommend Fox Painting to anyone looking for a superior job.

– Margaret H.