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Old 03-05-2012, 11:26 PM   #1
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I'm going to need to repaint my house, and am partial to dark blue with white trim. However, I have noticed only a few homes painted in dark shades, and have begun to wonder if this is because others know something I don't. (It wouldn't be the first time! )

Are there significant disadvantages to a dark exterior paint used as the primary color, rather than as a trim color? Does it fade more quickly? Does it retain much more heat?

The front of the house gets plenty of sun all year.

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Old 03-05-2012, 11:31 PM   #2
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Fades, super heats the whole house, subject to peeling, alligatoring.

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And...... Joes right!!

Some paints will hold up better than others in dark colors- but for those reasons it usually goes the other way. Ol Sol is a pretty strong force.
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I'm going to need to repaint my house, and am partial to dark blue with white trim. However, I have noticed only a few homes painted in dark shades, and have begun to wonder if this is because others know something I don't. (It wouldn't be the first time! )

Are there significant disadvantages to a dark exterior paint used as the primary color, rather than as a trim color? Does it fade more quickly? Does it retain much more heat?

The front of the house gets plenty of sun all year.
Both Joe & Brush are right. For instance, both my neighbor and I put dark plastic type shutters on our homes. Both have faded. I repainted mine the same dark green color and they look incredible. We'll see how quickly they fade now. Surely the darker colors will fade more than lighter colors.
If dark is what you want, don't let the other small issues deter you.
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Some pigments are more fade prone than others, particularly any organic pigments. Blue is more likely to have mineral-based pigments, on average, than say greens or reds, but there is no way of telling how well the paint is going to perform.

For the record, we painted out previous cape code style bungalow with a darker grayish blue and experienced no fading and no significant paint deterioration or failure over the course of 13 years.

That said, all other things being equal, a lighter color paint which reflects more light and so absorbs less heat (as well as UV) is going to last longer than a darker color. But your mileage may vary. A lot.
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Over on the Pro board, if they're talking deep colors very many of them turn to BM Aura. Spendy, but this would be why.
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Thanks very much for the responses, everyone!

I should have posted a little more information: This is for a small row house in San Francisco, of the type shown in these shots:

https://secure.flickr.com/photos/mis...leta/37751714/
https://secure.flickr.com/photos/ano..._a/3403999062/

(There must be tens of thousands of houses here like it!)

The front of the house is stucco, and that's the side that gets all day sun. I'm less nervous about the fading than about making the house cook. S.F. is a cool city, but the house doesn't have air conditioning, and with a flat roof and no attic above, it can get toasty here in September.
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I'm less nervous about the fading than about making the house cook. S.F. is a cool city, but the house doesn't have air conditioning, and with a flat roof and no attic above, it can get toasty here in September.
Three words for you........window air conditioner!
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Midge,
If you are in the Sunset, perhaps the extra summer warmth will be desirable. Use a blue like Delta Blue or Teton Blue available at Kelly-Moore. These are no longer factory standards but, they can be mixed for you.

Branick: Air conditioning in San Francisco??
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The front of the house is stucco, and that's the side that gets all day sun. I'm less nervous about the fading than about making the house cook. S.F. is a cool city, but the house doesn't have air conditioning, and with a flat roof and no attic above, it can get toasty here in September.
It won't make that much of a difference. It's much more important what is on your roof. If it's black tar, that's going to absorb exponentially more heat than some darker paint on the front.
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Agreed: not too many window air conditioners here!

The roof is black tar. That explains the heat.

Thanks again to everyone for providing feedback.

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