What Colors Last the Longest on Exteriors?

What Colors Last the Longest on Exteriors?

If you have an exterior painting project on the horizon and want to get the most form your investment then you should carefully consider your color options. The fact is that some exterior paint colors hold up better than others.

We know that you may have your heart set on your favorite color but if you are looking to get the most bang for your buck, at least keep your options open. To that end, we have prepared this list of the longest lasting exterior paint colors and as a bonus, we threw in some tips for making any exterior coat of paint last longer.

The Science Behind Paint Selection

You can’t argue with the facts. And the most important fact to consider as soon as you begin looking at exterior paint colors is that UV ray absorption deteriorates paint. In other words, the more the paint absorbs UV rays as opposed to reflecting them, the more likely they will prematurely fade, peel and otherwise fail.

Because of this fact of science, darker color paints tend to fail quicker on exterior surfaces than lighter colors. So first and foremost, if you want an exterior coat of paint that will last for a long time, choose a light color.

Which Colors Last Longest?

So now that we have ruled out dark hues (black, deep blues, purples etc.) let’s take a look at some of the colors that last the longest on exteriors:

  • Beige
  • Tan
  • Light brown
  • Light blues
  • White
  • Light green

Basically, you are going to want to avoid any color that has organic red pigmentation. Even derivatives like pink can be trouble because they still contain some red pigmentation. These types of paints don’t hold up well over time.

Inorganic colors like the ones listed above do hold up well. Reflective colors that lack red pigmentation are your best bet for an exterior coat that will last.

And always remember that there are exceptions to the rule. For example, even if you use a color like beige to paint your house, it may not last a long time if you choose a low quality coating. Be sure to check QUV rating for any paint you are considering. Also, consider the orientation of the surface. Southern and Western facing walls will get the most UV exposure.

Tips for Making your Exterior Paint Last

Aside from careful color selection, there are ways you can make your exterior painting services last longer no matter what color it is.

Firstly, be sure to hose down your exterior walls every now and again. This will keep gunk and debris from settling on the topcoat and keep the color more vibrant through the years.

Next, be sure to select paint with good UV protection rating. Using a quality primer will also go a long way toward maintaining color.

And if you do notice any spots on your paint that are failing, try to touch them up as soon as you can to keep the damage from spreading.

Lastly, remember that we are here for all your exterior painting needs at Century Painting. Call us (704) 245-9409 to get your project started today!