Professional house painters and contractors say that the highest quality indoor paint is well worth the money spent. The highest quality paint the homeowner can afford will assure a smooth painted finish and will require fewer coats of paint for optimum coverage. Following is a review of indoor paint brands of varying qualities and prices.
At $45 per gallon, Sherwin-Williams’ top-quality paint Duration comes highly recommended by both professionals and do-it-yourselfers. Duration is well known for its great washability as well as its one-coat coverage. Sherwin-Williams manufacture other quality paints whose indoor paint prices are less than the top-of-the-line Duration. Sherwin-Williams’ SuperPaint is priced at $35 per gallon.
At $55 per gallon, Benjamin Moore Aura also receives raves from professional painters for its one-coat coverage for all but the darkest colors. It also dries quickly and has no unpleasant odor. Tests have found Aura to be mildew-resistant and to undergo serious scrubbing with no adverse effects.
Benjamin Moore also manufactures a less expensive indoor paint, Regal, at $40 per gallon, which is somewhat near the high quality of Aura.
Glidden Spred receives high ratings from the test labs of Good Housekeeping. The ratings noted the paint’s one-coat coverage and low-odor properties. It is the lowest priced paint of all reviewed here with prices beginning at $18 per gallon. It offers quick drying, is mold- and mildew-resistant, and will not fade. It is a good choice for high-moisture areas like kitchens and bathrooms and can be easily wiped clean. Glidden Spred does have numerous amounts of drawbacks over the more expensive brands: It does not cover as well, so more coats are needed, and it does not stand up well to abrasion and the tests of time.
In the budget realm of indoor paint prices, do-it-yourselfers and professionals agree that budget paint is to be avoided as it is difficult to work with, which increases labor costs and will not give adequate coverage in one coat or even two.
It is always wise to consult a local home-remodeling contractor when considering repainting an interior. They know which brand has proven the most successful for them through the years. In the New England states, the knowledgeable staff at United Home Experts prefers Sherwin-Williams paints for both exterior and interior jobs.
The results of a cost/benefit analysis of various indoor paints lean toward the higher quality, higher-priced brands as being the most cost-effective in the long run. For more information about our painting services, visit our main painting page!