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Shine Bright Like a Diamond: Choosing the Perfect Sheen Level for Your Home's Exterior

Shine Bright Like a Diamond: Choosing the Perfect Sheen Level for Your Home's Exterior

When it comes to painting your home's exterior, selecting the right sheen level is just as important as choosing the right colour. The sheen level of your paint determines how shiny or matte the finished surface will look and can have a significant impact on the overall appearance and durability of your paint job.

We know that choosing the right sheen level can be confusing. Is it about reflecting light? Durability? Or maybe waterproofing? Put your mind at ease - that's why we've put together this guide to help you make the best decision for your home's exterior. And when all else fails, come in and see us, we love it when you do that. We have so much advice we can’t wait to give away and make your next project amazing.

High-Gloss

High-gloss paints are the shiniest and most reflective sheen level option. They are great for highlighting architectural features, such as trim or shutters, and can create a dramatic and polished look. High-gloss paints are also the most durable and resistant to dirt, stains, and fading, making them a good choice for areas that experience high traffic or harsh weather conditions. However, keep in mind that high-gloss paints can also highlight imperfections on the surface, so it's essential to prepare your surface thoroughly before applying this type of paint.

Semi-Gloss

Semi-gloss paints are less shiny than high-gloss but still have a noticeable sheen level. They are a popular choice for exterior trim, doors, and shutters because they provide a clean and polished finish. Semi-gloss paints are also durable and easy to clean, making them a good option for areas that are frequently touched or exposed to moisture. However, like high-gloss paints, they can also highlight surface imperfections.

Satin

Satin paints have a slight sheen level that is more subdued than semi-gloss. They are a versatile option for painting a home's exterior as they provide a smooth and elegant finish that is suitable for a variety of surfaces. Satin paints are also durable and easy to clean, making them a good choice for areas that require frequent cleaning or exposure to moisture. Additionally, satin paints can help to conceal surface imperfections.

Flat

Flat paints have no shine, creating a matte or dull finish. They are a popular choice for painting the body of a home's exterior, as they provide a smooth and uniform finish that helps to conceal surface imperfections. Flat paints are also easy to touch up and are generally less expensive than higher sheen level paints. However, keep in mind that flat paints are not as durable as higher sheen level paints and can show signs of wear and tear more quickly.

In conclusion, selecting the right sheen level for your exterior house is crucial to achieve a polished, durable, and visually appealing finish. At Inspirations Paint, we have a great mix of Dulux and Berger paints in various sheen levels to suit your needs. Come in-store and let us help to bring your exterior project to life. You can find your nearest store here.