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Ready to paint your house? Be sure to pick a paint that lasts

Posted September 7

A new coat of paint always make a home look fresh and clean, but it's a project, especially when you're ready to paint the outside of your home.

Consumer Reports recently looked into exterior paints to see which ones do more than just look good.

An important consideration is which paints stand up well against the elements. Better paints resist cracking and fading and can even fight off dirt and mildew.

Consumer Reports designed some pretty tough tests.

Paint samples on boards were left on a roof, and conditions were so harsh that one year of exposure simulates three years on a wall, door or fence.

Some of the paints held up well, but others faded quickly, even looking like a completely different color, Consumer Reports' Rico De Paz said.

Of the 15 paint types tested, Consumer Reports found just two to recommend – Behr Premium Plus Ultra from Home Depot and Clark and Kensington from Ace. The Behr paint costs about $40 per gallon, and the Clark and Kensington runs about $35.

Consumer Reports' tests showed that either of the two choices will last about nine years on the outside of your house.

For Lowe's shoppers, Consumer Reports says Valspar's DuraMax Exterior paint is an option. It's comparable to the Behr and Clark and Kensington paints for resisting cracking and dirt, but it's not as good at fighting off mildew.

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