Sherwin-Williams vs Benjamin Moore (Exterior Paints)

Sherwin-Williams vs Benjamin Moore (Exterior Paints)

Let’s be real, we all want the exterior of our home to look amazing. You want your neighbors to drive past thinking, “Wow, that’s the best-looking house on the street.”

Exterior paint is for curb appeal, but more importantly, you want your investment to protect your home. That’s why deciding which paint is best for your home is crucial.

If you’re looking for the best exterior paint, you’ve probably stumbled across Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore. These are some of the top paint brands around, but which one is right for you?

Well, let’s break it down and get the facts on each manufacturer’s top products. 


Let’s start off by listing the most popular products from these two companies, and then we will compare and contrast them.


First, let’s look at Sherwin Williams.


Emerald paint is Sherwin Williams’s top-of-the-line, premium product. Emerald is an exceptional choice because it is:

  • Highly durable
  • Mildew-resistant
  • Extreme protection from blistering, peeling, and color fading.

Furthermore, it provides exceptional coverage, increases curb appeal, offers long-lasting beauty and the finish is ultra-smooth. It’s a great option if you want to make sure the color lasts (and Sherwin Williams even has a gallery to inspire your color choices).


A second option from Sherwin Williams is Duration. This product is another great choice because:

  • It’s long-lasting (hence the name).
  • It has a mold and mildew-resistant coating, though it isn’t as resistant as Emerald.
  • Lasting curb appeal.

All in all, Duration is a mildew-resistant product with outstanding durability. Much like Emerald, Duration will contract and expand with your home to keep it looking superior.


Last from Sherman Williams is Super Paint. Super Paint is a more affordable option with its own host of benefits, including:

  • Super Paint can be applied in most sheens and in cold weather.
  • It has outstanding adhesion and color retention.
  • Super Paint is resistant to fading, chalking, peeling, and blistering in hot and human conditions. That makes it a great option for Midwest states like Indiana.

In short, this product is a fast and efficient option no matter the weather.


Now let’s flip the page and look at Benjamin Moore’s Exterior Products.


Regal Select is designed for optimum hide and superior adhesion. It is also great because: 

  • Has a mildew-resistant coating.
  • Is resistant to fading, cracking, and peeling.

This product compares closest to Emerald in the Sherwin Williams line.

One difference is that Benjamin Moor products are engineered with Gennex Color Technology. This means it will resist color fading indoors and will stand up to harsh weather conditions outdoors. So the color you choose should stay truer over time, and you only repaint when you want to, not out of necessity. 


Another great Benjamin Moore exterior product is Waterborne. This product is:

  • Easy to apply.
  • Delivers dependable performance.
  • Its 100% acrylic resin delivers excellent adhesion
  • Resistant to cracking and peeling.

The finish provides a breathable surface for maximum durability, has a mildew-resistant coating, and is also engineered with Gennex Color Technology.


You may have read all the points above and still can’t tell the pros and cons of each. That’s because both Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore make excellent products.

Which one is best for you depends more on where you live and the exact result you want.

If you live in the Midwest or somewhere with a lot of humidity, Sherwin Williams’s Super Paint is going to be a great choice. If you’re looking for a smooth application and long-lasting color, Benjamin Moore’s Regal Select is an excellent option.

In the end, what matters most is selecting high-quality paint that is right for your project. High-quality paints are more expensive, but they go further, last longer, look better, and are easier to clean. 

Now that you know more about what kinds of paint are available, you may want to learn more about who supplies the paint and what kind of prep work is done before a job begins.

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