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Stand out for all the right reasons


Typically, when you think about painting contractors, you might picture stunning interior renovations – but what about the outside? Adding a lick of paint can do wonders for its appearance. We’ll run through everything from the type of outside house paint right through to the perfect finish.

Outside house paint that’ll make you stand out from the rest of the neighbourhood.

We’re not necessarily talking about bold and brash colours either. We’re simply referring to the correct types of paint with their respective finishes. Maybe you’re selling your home and want it to look more appealing to buyers? Perhaps you’ve had enough of it looking a bit worse for wear and are ready for it to receive a facelift? No matter the reason, we can help. Elegant Decorating has an experienced management team in place. Our long-serving contractors will see to it that your home receives a high-quality finish.

When it comes to choosing the correct outside house paint, the most important aspect is whether it can weather the storm. Your house protects you from the elements on a day-to-day basis. You wouldn’t enter a swimming pool in a paper bikini – so why prepare your house with the wrong paint?

Different types of outside house paint


When it comes to painting your property, it’s imperative that you use the correct outside house paint. Unlike regular paint, this protects your home against mould growth and subdues peeling or flaking.



Oil-based paints stand up well to the elements. They dry far more slowly than their water-based cousins and dry into a smooth hard surface. Typically, oil-based paints take up to 24 hours to cure and can be cleaned using turpentine or paint thinner.



Unlike oil-based paints, latex paint dries exceptionally fast and are far easier to clean than oil-based paints. In fact, soapy water would do the trick. Plus, with the right surface preparation, you can apply latex over the top of oil-based paint for further protection.

Finding the right finish for your home


Accentuate your front door with the right finish. Your doors and windows are often the focal points of your home. However, a poor paint job around them can really be a blight on the eye. When it comes to choosing the correct finish for your home, you need to consider the degree of light reflection the paint has. Manufacturers tend to obfuscate the sheens and provide their own trade names but they’re typically classified as:


Easy to clean and resistant to scuffs, gloss paints have a high sheen. They are among some of the best looking outside house paints. However, if you have walls or doors that aren’t in optimal condition, then gloss paints will highlight imperfections in the surface. Gloss will also do it more so than any other sheens as it is extremely reflective.


Similar to gloss paints, semi-gloss paints are durable, stain-resistant and easy to clean. Plus, they’re much less reflective than standard gloss. Semi-gloss paint can be painted over the top of gloss. This is great for anywhere exposed to the elements that need higher durability without the shine.


This flat paint has little light reflection and I able to cleanly hide any imperfections. This makes it the ideal choice of outside house paint. Particularly when it comes to masking any walls or doors that aren’t in the best condition. Matte paint is also easier to touch up and causes fewer splatters during the application process.


Also referred to as low-lustre paint is easy to clean with a modest sheen. Satin paint is perfect to be used on exterior brick and works well on wood or cement siding – provided it’s in good condition. We consider satin paint to be the safe middle ground between gloss and matte paints.

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With over 25 years of experience, we’ve become one of the South’s leading residential contractors. Our professional painters provide a stress-free experience from start to finish. Paint is our passion and our impressive results will transform your facades look and feel. We’re a fun family-run business who started from humble beginnings. We like smiles on our team and smiles on our customers too. That’s why when you reach out to us your free quote holds no obligation. We’re clued up on expenses, so we won’t allow your costs to spiral out of control. Plus, we price up all projects competitively and accurately. So, if we can bring it in for you cheaper, we will!

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