I need to make a very quick decision and want to know two things:
1) Assuming proper preparation, quality paint, and plenty of it, do the
eaves need to be painted with semi-gloss or is flat ok?
2) Are the eaves normally painted with the same color as the wall below, or
as the facia board trim?
This is a SoCal house, everything else pretty typical. TIA for any quick
Color of the eaves is up to you. I've seen houses with one color on
everything, and other houses - usually in historic districts - with
pretty elaborate paint jobs. Just go with what looks better. If you
have a separate trim color, normally the eave will go the wall color.
Flat paint is fine. In fact, if I see one house a year with semi-gloss
on the siding or eaves, it's a lot. And I can't remember the last time
I used semi-gloss on the exterior. It's been years and years since I
did that, except for doors and occasionally windows.
My painting contractor used Benjamin Moore soft gloss on the eaves,
soffets, foundation, porch roof, and chimney of one of my houses. It
has not flaked yet. Can't say if it is any worse than the flat (or very
low lustre) paint of the past. Probably more important than the paint
is the ventilation up there. But still, use the best paint you can find
in your area.
I agree with Ollie and Hop. Since you mention soCal,
keep the colors as light as possible of course, and if
you do use something darker, then try the semi-gloss;
it'll resist heat better because it'll reflect rather
The brightest white you can get is the best for not
absorbing heat of the sun, of course. Just for GPs,
I'm one of those that "tested" by putting slabs of
different colors in the bright sun for a few hours and
then feeling them with my hand: black you couldn't
even touch, white was coolest, and colors in between of
course varied. The less heat absorbed, the longer the
paint will last without cracking, loosening or peeling.
Virtually all of the exteriors I've done were done with flat.
My sister brought up the "ease of cleaning" point, but, seriously, how
many homeowners are going to get out and clean their eaves/soffets, etc?
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