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Is Latex Paint Mildew Resistant?
September 10, 2022 at 7:00 AM

Latex paint has become very popular over the last few years. That’s because the paint is versatile, easy to apply, and more environmentally friendly than its oil-based cousins. We’ll explain everything about latex paint and whether it’s mildew resistant below.

Why should you use latex paint?

One of the most important decisions you can make for a painting project is deciding what paint you’ll use. Thousands of years ago, our ancestors used mineral pigments smeared on rock. But today, latex paint is one of the most common interior and exterior paint options. About 75% of paint sold is latex, and the percentage continues to climb.

There are several reasons to use latex paint for your project. It’s easy to use, durable, and emits fewer gases when drying than oil-based paint. Latex paint is also inexpensive, available in different colors and formulations, and comes in many finishes from matte to high gloss.

What to know about paint

Several types of paint have been developed over the millennia. You can get paints specifically formulated to make masonry waterproof and protect roofs from mildew. Most paints for your home have four main ingredients:

  • Solvents
  • Binders
  • Pigments
  • Solids

The solvent keeps ingredients dissolved in a liquid to be applied to the surface. For latex paints, the solvent is water, while oil-based paints have linseed oil.

What is latex paint?

As mentioned above, binders are one of the