Exterior paint finishes
Hi all, I'm new to this forum so please feel free to point me toward another discussion thread if a similar question has already been answered elsewhere.
We're going to be repainting a new-to-us 1948 Cape Cod-style home with cedar lap siding and for the first time in our DIY lives we're hiring a contractor to do it for us. We're doing a 3-color scheme (gray body, off white trim, black doors and shutters) and my question is related to the finish of the paint. When we've done exterior painting in the past we've always gone with satin body and semi-gloss trim. The contractor is recommending satin body, semi-gloss doors, and flat finish on the windows, shutters, door frames and fascia. We'll be using Sherwin Williams SuperPaint.
I'm aware that semi-gloss will highlight existing flaws, but I'm stumped as to why he would recommend flat finish. None of the paint is in really bad condition, and if anything it's the body of the home that has more flaws - the windows and shutters especially appear to be in pretty good shape.
I'll ask the contractor about his logic on this, but I'm curious what you all think. Is it strange to use paint with a flat finish on exterior trim areas? I lean toward asking him to use semi-gloss on everything but the body of the house, but I appreciate your feedback and opinions.