What should you expect from the exterior paint used on your home?
“It’s just paint. How complicated could paint be?” Many people think that the exterior paint type used on their home doesn’t matter as much as the color, or the quality of the work put into painting. While those people are not completely wrong—Crash of Rhinos does offer great service and color consultation, after all—we’d ask them to reconsider the unsung hero of the exterior painting process: the paint itself.
Here are some things you should consider when selecting a painting company. Crash of Rhinos uses Dunn-Edwards paints because we believe they offer exceptional quality that is tailor-made for the conditions here in Phoenix and the Southwest. Ask if your paint is the following:
It has to be built tough
If it’s going to last for years to come, the exterior paint on your home needs to be tough enough to stand up to the sun. In Phoenix, we enjoy beautiful sunshine for 85 percent of the year. All those rays are great for your personal sun tan, but your home takes in a tremendous amount of UV in the summer. It also gets hit by late summer dust storms, monsoon moisture, and high winds.
If your paint isn’t made with these things in mind, it’s going to start wearing down long before it should.
It should stand on its own
Besides being able to resist wear-and-tear from sun, wind, and rain, your exterior paint needs to be mildew-resistant and durable, so that you don’t have cracking or peeling paint. The advantage of picking a paint with extra binding by default is that it sticks better to a professionally prepared exterior wall surface, and is less likely to have problems down the road.
Finally, you’ve done your homework to pick the perfect color for your home. The last thing you want is for that color to fade only years after the paint is applied. Pick an exterior paint that is fade-resistant.
It should be safe for your family and the environment
Unfortunately, paint is not always created with the best ingredients. Some paint formulas use chemicals that negatively impact human health and the surrounding environment, and are created in factories that emit those same pollutants into the atmosphere.
You have a choice in your home’s paint, so select one that is free of ethylene glycol and has no VOC colorants.
We use Dunn-Edwards exterior paint
Crash of Rhinos Painting is a proud partner of Dunn-Edwards Paints. Since 1925, Dunn-Edwards has been the best paint manufacturer in the U.S. Southwest, and has created formulas specifically designed to stand up to the intense sunshine we receive here. Because of this, their paints are designed to last 10-15 years without fading—far longer than most paints.
Plus, Dunn-Edwards is committed to environmental sustainability, starting with the world’s first LEED Gold paint manufacturing facility—located right here in Phoenix. We stand by Dunn-Edwards paints, and we’re proud to use them on all of our exterior painting work.
Interested in learning more? Check out why Dunn-Edwards continues to lead the industry in developing better, more effective paint.