Adding color and coating the surfaces to everyday items, such as bathroom walls and garage doors, paint is frequently associated with one of the most common of home repairs. Not only does painting a room give it a fresh look, but also increases property values when trying to sell a home. Not all paint is made the same and for this reason, the cost of paint will vary.
House paint is made up of four basic ingredients: pigments, resins, solvents and additives. Cheaper paints possess a higher percentage of solvents per volume, which means your walls will display less pigment and resins per gallon. High-quality paint that costs more can have 50% more pigment and resins, which means more brilliant color and less reapplication of the paint. When buying paints, scan the side of the container and choose options with about 45% pigment and resins per volume for the best results.
Different Types of Paint
Latex (or water-based) paint is the most common type of paint for the home because it is environmentally responsible, quick drying, and offers an extensive selection of colors. Latex paint can be used for the exterior and interior of a home, including woodwork.
Alkyd (or oil-based) paint was once extensively used for bathrooms, but is now generally used for places in the home prone to impact and excessive use – including trim, floors and sometimes cabinets. A longer drying time doesn’t produce as many brush strokes as latex paint. Because of its qualities, alkyd paints tends to cost more.
The average cost per gallon of paint according to brand is  :
Dutch Boy Home – $15
Glidden Premium – $15
Kilz Casual Colors – $15
Ace Royal – $20
Valspar Ultra Premium – $20
Olympic Premium – $20
Sears Best Easy Living Ultra – $25
Behr Premium Plus – $30
Vaspar Signiture Colors – $30
Sherwin Williams Superpaint – $35
Redseal – $35
Benjamin Moore Regal – $40
Sherwin Williams Duration – $45
Pratt & Lambert Accolade – $50
Benjamin Moore Aura – $55