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What Kind of Paint Should You Use on an Exterior Foundation?

The exterior of a home with white brick and blue vinyl siding. Two garden hoses are connected to the home.


When painting your exterior foundation or other concrete surfaces, you have a few different options to choose from. 

In this blog post, we’ll explore the different kinds of paint you can use and what each option offers. We’ll also discuss the benefits of using a sealer on your foundation. 

By the end of this post, you’ll know which type of paint is best for your needs!

Why Paint Your Exterior Foundation?

1. Seal and Protect the Vulnerable Area of Your Home

Painting your foundation is important for several reasons. It helps to protect the foundation from weather damage, and it can also help to prevent future repair costs by sealing cracks and gaps. Plus, the right paint can help to extend the life of your foundation by resisting UV rays and other outdoor elements.

2. Update Your Exterior Aesthetic

Consider both the look and the feel of the paint before making a final decision. Some paints are more durable than others while some have a higher gloss finish. Ultimately, it’s important to choose a paint that you’re happy with and one that will last for years to come.

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The Best Paint for Exterior Foundation and Masonry Walls

Choosing an exterior foundation paint can be tricky. You want a product that will withstand the elements and protect your home from water damage. On foundation walls, water damage can result from both water above grade in the form of rain and water below grade that is under pressure. So what qualities should you look for in a great exterior foundation paint?

  • Make sure the paint is designed for use on exterior vertical concrete surfaces. Many paints are only suitable for wood or metal surfaces, so using them on your foundation could result in peeling and flaking. It will also help protect your home from water damage, as well as inhibit mold and mildew from growing.

  • Select a product that will resist water under pressure from either storm winds or ground pressure.

  • Choose a paint that is fade-resistant. This will ensure that your home’s exterior looks freshly painted for years to come.

  • Make sure the paint is easy to apply. You don’t want to spend hours struggling to apply it evenly, so look for a paint that goes on smoothly and evenly.

DRYLOK® Original Concrete & Masonry Waterproofer


Sealing and waterproofing an exterior foundation wall requires a lot from any paint product. DRYLOK Original Concrete & Masonry Waterproofer is a versatile formula that can be applied to approved interior, exterior, above- or below-grade surfaces. It is guaranteed to stop water up to 10 psi and resists 98 mph hurricane winds. It can be used on masonry walls, brick, stucco, poured concrete and concrete blocks.

It requires two coats and the wait time between applications is two to three hours. It is stocked in two colors but can be tinted in eight additional colors by your local paint dealer. This product is great for most foundation wall sealing applications and is guaranteed to stop water infiltration.

DRYLOK Extreme Concrete & Masonry Waterproofer


DRYLOK Extreme Concrete & Masonry Waterproofer provides protection that is a step above the Original formula, shown above. It is guaranteed to stop water up to 15 psi and resists Cat 4 (140+ mph) hurricane winds. It also resists mildew on the dry paint film. If you live in an area that is subject to extremely high wind conditions that drive water through most paint surfaces, DRYLOK Extreme is your solution. It is available in two standard colors as well as eight tints.

Other Great Exterior Concrete Paint Applications

Our homes are surrounded by concrete that needs to be protected. Once you’ve sealed your foundation walls, consider adding DRYLOK protection to these surfaces as well:


A two-story home with off-white siding and a gray roof. The front yard is landscaped with small bushes.


A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for the appearance of your home, but there are also some practical advantages to painting your driveway. First, the right type of paint can help to protect your driveway from the elements. High-quality driveway paint is formulated to resist staining and fading, and it can also stand up to hot and cold temperatures. 

In addition, painting your driveway can also help to extend its lifespan. By painting over cracks and other surface damage, you can prevent further deterioration and keep your driveway looking new for years to come. 


Large stairs leading to the front door of a green home are painted black.


Homeowners have a wide range of choices when it comes to painting their walkways. Water-based latex paint is a popular option for sidewalks because it is durable and easy to clean. For homeowners who are looking for a more decorative option, choose a concrete floor paint that can be tinted. In addition to providing a protective coating, painting your walkways can also help to increase the curb appeal of your home. 


A covered, concrete outdoor living space with white patio furniture and a neutral brick fireplace.


Painting your patio provides a number of advantages. It can help to protect the surface from weathering and wear, and it can provide a decorative touch that can enhance the overall look of your home. Plus, it is an economical way to update the look of your outdoor living space.

The Best Paint for Exterior Concrete

DRYLOK Latex Concrete Floor Paint


DRYLOK Latex Concrete Floor Paint is a paint-and-primer solution that is specifically formulated to beautify and protect both interior and exterior concrete surfaces. It’s available in seven standard colors with an additional eight tints available from your local distributor. 

It dries to a smooth flat finish and can be applied with a roller or brush. Two coats are recommended and the wait time between coats is about four hours. Each gallon will cover approximately 500 square feet and it easily cleans up with soap and water. 

DRYLOK latex concrete floor paint is great for garage floors, basement floors, brick patios, poured concrete and block patios.

DRYLOK E1 Latex 1‑Part Epoxy Concrete Floor Paint


DRYLOK E1 Latex 1‑Part Epoxy Concrete Floor Paint is a semi-gloss high-performance coating for commercial and residential use. It utilizes an advanced epoxy ester resin-fortified formulation to deliver greater protection and durability. You can use it to create a gorgeous, showroom-quality finish that’ll be easy to keep clean, even in high-traffic areas like driveways and garage floors.

Utilize the Best Exterior Foundation, Concrete and Masonry Paint and Sealants with DRYLOK

If you’re looking for the best exterior paint to use on your foundation, DRYLOK has a variety of products that will suit your needs. DRYLOK Masonry Waterproofer is a great option for sealing foundation walls, and DRYLOK Extreme Concrete & Masonry Waterproofer is also a great option for extreme weather conditions. 

For other concrete surfaces around your home, such as driveways, sidewalks and patios, DRYLOK makes a variety of paints and sealants that will provide long-lasting protection. Choose from our complete line of masonry sealing products. 

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