Best In Class: Longest Lasting Paint Finishes For Harsh Winter

The change in seasons means snow, ice, and cold, dry winds are on their way. Your exterior paint needs to hold up and brave the elements! That is why choosing the right exterior paint finish can make all of the difference if you live in an area with harsh winter weather. After all, some finishes are just not designed for the climate and may chip or flake. So, let’s take a look at the best finishes for homes that are built in those areas:

Satin or Eggshell

Satin finished paint, also referred to as eggshell finish, is not as matte as flat paint, but is not glossy enough to appear gaudy. It stands up well to abrasion and protects your home from cold, damp weather and winter precipitation.

This finish also allows the paint to be strong, stretchy, and durable. It also fills in small crevices and voids, laying completely even. That means it protects wood from moisture that can stain, soften, or discolor it due to water damage and rotting.


Semi-gloss paint is another type of paint finish that is very likely to endure the harshest of winters by resisting the penetration of moisture. That is why it makes a great choice for painting wood stucco, brick, concrete, vinyl, or even metal siding. It covers all these surfaces expertly while guaranteeing your home will be mildew-resistant.

It is also convenient for cold weather painting. It can be used even when the temperature drops close to freezing, and it can hold up to precipitation just two hours after it dries. It provides all-weather protection and can be easily cleaned with a hose in the spring.

More Questions? Contact Our Experts

In conclusion, the paint finish you choose for your home is more important than the color or brand, if you live in a state with a tough winter climate. The best way to know which finish is the best one for the exterior of your home is to ask an expert. We would be more than happy to help. At First Place House Painting, we are your one-stop painting contractors in Bucks County, PA. Give us a call today at (215) 767-1209, or visit us to learn more.