Types of paint finishes used for exterior house painting are just as important as the colors, materials and surface preparation - because they too affect the final result.
There are usually only 3 types of paint finishes that most manufacturers offer in exterior products - flat, satin and gloss.
Flat paint finish is the most porous of the three and doesn't reflect light. For this reason, it works great for painting older houses - it can help hide many flaws and imperfections on the walls.
Satin paint finish is the most popular among homeowners - it is neither dull nor shiny and has a subtle sheen that is ideal for painting walls.
Gloss paint finish is the toughest and easiest to clean, but must be used sparingly.