Ok, I'm paint ignorant... Help me with my new house
We are building a new house. It is getting close to painting time. I am hiring that part done... we entertained the thoughts of doing it ourselves, but its an issue of time. We have always painted all of our rooms etc... I have NEVER bought expensive paint before. I did once buy Behr at $22 per gallon (which about killed me) because I was using the exact same kind the previous owner had.
Can someone please tell me what I have been missing by buying cheap paint? Most of the painters we've interviewed had said they use SW. One does Pittsburg, and a few have us buy our own.
Our exterior is hardi plank pre primed. Our inside is all drywall and oak trim (some to be stained, some to be painted)
Why is some paint better than another? What do I need to know? We live in Iowa, HOT HUMID summers, FREEZING COLD winters. We have 4 boys and live in the country, so lots of mud, dirt, etc...
Thanks for your help! I was so exciting to discover the paint forum! I had never even noticed it before!