Best Exterior Paints From Consumer Reports' Tests
These finishes from Behr, Benjamin Moore, Sherwin-Williams, and other brands last longest and resist grime the best
Exterior paints have improved significantly over the past several years. In the past, very few formulas would be aesthetically intact after nine years, mainly because they begin to crack. Today, most paints resist cracking and fading so well that they could last longer than a decade.
Still, there are considerable differences among the 16 products in Consumer Reports’ exterior paint ratings.
To determine which paints are likely to last the longest on your house, CR’s test engineers paint pine panels and place them on the roof of our Yonkers, N.Y., headquarters, where they sit for three years. Panel boards are positioned to face south and are tilted to intensify the effects of sun and weather. One year of CR’s severe testing is equivalent to about three years in real time. The results give a sense of how paints will look after nine years on a house.