Because this winter has been relatively mild, Rainbow Paint has been selling a lot of exterior paint compared to years past. One question that comes up is what is the better exterior paint product, Pratt & Lambert or Benjamin Moore? This is a good question.
The most expensive part of painting your house is the labor, not the paint. That being said, it does not make sense to spend a bunch of money on a painter and not use premium paint. There is a saying that “only truly wealth people can afford to use cheap paint.” When using cheap paint, you have to buy more paint and paint more often.
Benjamin Moore’s top of the line paint is called Aura. This product has been linked to multiple paint problems in Birmingham. The paint has something in its new colorant system called Gennex that prevents the product from drying properly. The product is also guaranteed not to fade even in dark colors but this has been an issue as well. I have included a picture of a house that was painted with Aura 5 years ago. The homeowner is currently repainting the house in Pratt & Lambert’s Accolade product. The darker color in the picture shows what color the paint was 5 years ago. Look at how much the product has faded! Benjamin Moore has dealt with these situations quietly in an effort to keep the word from getting out that this product has issues. They’ve even paid contractors to repair/repaint these issues with non-Benjamin Moore products. Pratt & Lambert’s premium exterior paint is called Accolade. This product covers extremely well and the reviews are great. The even better news is the price is around $10 less/gallon than Aura.
Pratt & Lambert is the oldest paint company in the United States and has been making paint since the 1840’s. The Accolade product comes with a lifetime warranty. Most architects and decorators have been using this product for years and prefer the paint colors and quality. The only complaint the architects have about Pratt & Lambert is that the materials have been hard to locate. Not anymore; Rainbow Paint and Decorating offers their full line of products.
Come see the staff at Rainbow Paint and Decorating for all your design needs. Rainbow can help with window treatments (plantation shutters, blinds, and shades), wallpaper, and helping you pick that perfect paint interior paint color or exterior paint color. We also carry a full line of concrete stains.
Is Pratt & Lambert Right for your Job?
Contact us today at (205) 822-3548 or stop by our showroom to find out more about the best paint for your project!