Interior latex paint is used exclusively for indoor applications, while exterior latex paint is used solely for outdoor applications. Interior and exterior latex paint have different chemical properties, but they do not differ all that much.
Interior latex paints stand up better to abuse, such as cleaning, scrubbing and staining, as they are formulated to be more resistant to physical damage. The resins used for interior latex paints can be firmer, because the paint does not have to deal with weather and temperature differences.
Exterior latex paints are more resistant to mildew and fading, while not necessarily being stronger or more resilient than interior latex paints. The chemicals used to create exterior latex paints must allow for the paint to be flexible so that it may stand up to moisture and temperature changes.Learn More
Acrylic paints are widely considered the best coating for a metal roof. Acrylics provide superior durability, increased moisture protection and the superior adhesion needed to bond properly with a metal surface.Full Answer >
Some paints, including aerosol and oil-based paints, are flammable. Water-based paint, such as latex, acrylic or vinyl paint, and many artists' paints are not flammable.Full Answer >
Volatile organic compounds, or VOCs, are potentially harmful carbon-based chemicals often found in paints. The Environmental Protection Agency defines VOC-free paint as having a level of less than 5 g/L of VOCs. However, this level is measured before pigmentation is added, which can further contribute to the level of VOCs.Full Answer >
According to the guidelines set by the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors, a home inspection should cover the house's structural elements; an evaluation of the home's exterior, the roof and attic; and the home's plumbing. The home inspector should also check the house's systems and its components, electrical components, appliances and the garage.Full Answer >