The all time favorite paint colors for home exteriors in the Philippines are white and variations thereof. Choosing white to paint your exterior walls has an advantage called albedo, which is a “fraction of solar energy reflected from the Earth back into space” (Earth and Space Research). White reflects light, and therefore heat, so the lighter your exterior paint colors, the cooler it would be inside your homes.
White Paint for Home Exteriors
It’s not only us Filipinos who practice painting our homes with light colors. A study conducted by Nacarat, a global color expert that Boysen worked with, showed a study that the general colors of facades from 2006-2016 were neutral shades.
In some countries, bold colors are the norm, and it looks great with that color explosion. If someone asks you where you live, you can say, “I live on 35 Colorful Street. It’s the pink house between the green and blue.”
Other Favorite Colors for Home Exteriors
In our country, there are also those who prefer colors other than white for their home exteriors, and favor light greys, yellows, pinks, or reds.
Suggestions for Exterior Paints
Those of you who are planning on repainting your home exteriors, read on to see what paint best fits your needs.
Pollution is not a stranger to our major cities. This means that choosing light colors would make your home get dirtier and more grimy faster because of vehicular exhaust. But don’t worry, Boysen has Permacoat Latex Paint, which is a 100% acrylic latex paint with excellent hiding, durability and dirt pick-up resistance.
There is also Wallguard Dirt Resisting Latex, which is a new breed of latex paints that has a very high resistance to dirt, dust, smog and mildew. It can be painted even in a rigorous environment where there is a very high concentration of airborne pollutants.
If you are more concerned with water seepage, it would be best to use Acrytex, noted for its excellent adhesion and long-term durability. It is an acrylic solvent-based coating that forms a seamless, non-porous, watertight film that repels water and prevents seepage. Acrytex creates a very tight film, serving as a moisture sealant for concrete and as a stain inhibitor for wood.
Another product that addresses waterproofing concerns is Elasti-Kote. It is a 100% acrylic water based elastomeric wall paint that is especially formulated to bridge micro/hairline cracks and crevices thus providing good waterproofing and protection from rain, carbon dioxide or other acidic gases (acid rain).
For me though, the pièce de résistance is KNOxOUT, the first air cleaning paint in the world with CristalActiv photocatalytic technology. It uses light energy to break down noxious air pollutants and convert them into harmless substances. Any surface coated with KNOxOUT becomes an active air-purifying surface that helps protect people from harmful gases. Photocatalysis also provides KNOxOUT with self-cleaning, anti-bacterial and deodorizing properties. What this means is that you don’t only a home that looks great, but also one that helps clean the environment. Cool, right?
When to Paint Home Exteriors
Paint your home exteriors during the dry season. In our experience, the best months would be December to May. If you live in Baguio or Tagaytay, don’t paint when it’s too cold (temperatures below 18 degrees Celsius).
You can visit various hardware stores and home depots nationwide to buy the paints. If you have any questions, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We would be happy to help.