Brand is probably the most influential factor. The best known brands charge premiums for their paints which include the scientific advances applied to the product through research undertaken by their labs.
Material composition refers to the differences in the bases and mixtures in the paint. Common bases are oil, water (latex), and acrylic. Each performs differently and has a purpose that it is best suited for. There is also the amount and quality of the titanium-dioxide in the paint. That is the factor that contributes to how much of the paint evaporates, and how much stays on the painted surface as a solid after the paint dries.
The finish/sheen also affects the costs of paint. In most cases, flat paint is the least expensive. A rule of thumb for latex paint is that the more shiny it is, the more it cost. Thus, high-gloss finishes command the most money.
Life expectancy is the last and probably the most important factor that helps determine the price of a gallon of paint. An average gallon of paint has an average life span of 5-10 years. However, there are also products on the market guaranteed for 15, 20, and 25 years. Have you considered the life expectancy of the paint being applied to your home?
These factors should all be considered when purchasing paint for your next project. Doing so will allow you choose the investment in paint that is best suited for your needs. For more information on painting or an estimate for your next project, contact Clinton Painting Services at (336)215-4128.