New Report: Best Interior and Exterior House Paints

New Report: Best Interior and Exterior House Paints
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With home improvement season underway, many Americans are looking to spruce up where they live. One of the best ways to do that is by adding a fresh coat of paint to your home.

The recently released J.D. Power 2020 Paint Satisfaction Study shows the house paints and paint retailers that make customers the happiest — and Sherwin-Williams gets high marks across several categories.

Customers Love These Interior and Exterior Paints for 2020

The J.D. Power survey was conducted in January 2020 and taken from the responses of 5,631 customers who bought and used interior and exterior paint, as well as exterior stain over, the last year. The rankings are based on a 1,000-point scale, with the higher numbers the better.

The study was released in tandem with a J.D. Power pulse survey, which showed that 44% of respondents indicated that they had painted not long ago and were planning to do so again in the next 90 days.

Let’s take a look at the rankings for the interiors and work our way to exteriors, stains and finally retailers.

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Best Interior Paints for Your Home

Sherwin-Williams 867
Benjamin Moore 863
BEHR 860
Segment Average 856
Valspar 849
Dutch Boy 844
Glidden 834

When it comes to painting the rooms inside your home, interior designers favor plain colors, especially neutral hues. If you’re looking to test the market, those shades may also help you sell your home faster.

Now let’s look at what customers liked in exterior paints, according to the J.D. Power study:

Best Exterior Paints for Your Home

Sherwin-Williams 876
Benjamin Moore 861
Segment Average 859
BEHR 858
Dutch Boy 854
Valspar 851
Glidden 835

Of course, there’s way more to choosing the right house paint than the color or brand.

If you’re staining your home’s exterior, one of the key questions you’ll want to consider is whether the finish can last a while without fading. Let’s look at the rankings for exterior stains:

Best Exterior Stain for Your Home

Sherwin-Williams 850
Rust-Oleum 843
BEHR 839
Segment Average 837
Olympic 831
Thompson’s WaterSeal 820

You may be also wondering what stores customers like to buy their paint from. Here are the retailers that scored the best, according to J.D. Power:


Best Paint Retailers

Sherwin-Williams 868
Benjamin Moore Paint Stores 856
Menards 845
Segment Average 842
Lowe’s 839
The Home Depot 836
Walmart 759

These rankings are a great resource for people who may be unsure about where to start when it comes to house paint, says Christina Cooley, director of the @home practice at J.D. Power.

“Home improvement do-it-yourselfers are increasingly looking to websites to help them find the best paint products to deliver on their vision, then looking to retailers for guidance to ensure success,” she says in a news release.

Aside from painting, you may be interested in other DIY projects around the home. Here’s how money expert Clark Howard redid his patio flooring himself.

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