Glossy vs. Flat Paint

Paints are available in different degrees of gloss, including flat, matte, semi-gloss, and gloss. Generally, high-gloss paints contain more paint resin and less pigment, and perform better and last longer than the low-gloss or flat paints. Flat paints tend to pick up dirt and absorb water more readily than the high-gloss paints. Because of this, mildew growth is often greater on the flat paints.

or Subscribe to read the full Field Guide