Pros and cons of painting the house exterior a dark color.

Rhonda asked 5 years ago

We are undecided about an exterior house color. We have done test patches of two Benjamin Moore acrylic-latex paints: CC362-Elk (a taupe-beige) and HC 50-Georgian Brick (a dark, brownish-red).

We quite like the “Georgian Brick”, but have concerns as to whether it will peel, blister or fade faster than a lighter color. When you touch the wall on which these two samples are painted, the darker color feels much hotter in the sun.

How will this impact sitting on the deck outside beside a “hot” wall? Also, will a dark exterior paint color make the inside of the house hotter? We live in a 1932 one-and-a half story farm home with new windows and insulation.

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