Selecting Paint For Commercial Property
Some people may think painting is as easy as hitting up your home improvement store and grabbing some brushes. Yet one of the most important things to consider when painting a commercial building is the paint, especially the quality and finish. It makes all the difference in the look and long-term durability.
You must consider quality over price when searching for paint. Higher quality paint hides imperfections, resists dirt, is easier to wash, and has a professional look to it. Paint consists of pigments (color), resins (liquids), binders to help dry, and additives, which consists of fillers to anti-fungicidal agents.
High quality paint will consist of 30-45% of binders and pigments, which may be referred to as "solids" on the label. The remainder will be liquids and additives. It will also have a thicker dry film on the paint surface.
Any paint with solids below 30% is standard latex paint. It will not have the same durability as the higher quality and will require multiple coats of paint. You can find the percentage of solids on the specification sheet.
Epoxy paint, instead of latex, is also an option with commercial building painting if you plan on frequently pressure washing the surfaces. They are more expensive and tend to yellow with age, but can withstand frequent chemical or pressure washings.
There are a variety of finishes, and to find the perfect match, you will have to look at the traffic area, desired sheen, and the need to hide imperfections in the wall.
- High-Gloss: has a high sheen, works best for high-traffic areas, and is easy to clean. It's used especially in the kitchen, where you may need to clean grease off the walls.
- Semi-Gloss: has a medium to high sheen depending on the manufacturer, works best for high traffic areas, and is easy to clean.
- Satin (Lo-Lustre): has a medium sheen, works best for medium to high traffic areas, and is easier to clean than eggshell.
- Eggshell: has a medium sheen, works best for medium traffic areas, and is good at hiding imperfections on the wall.
- Flat Finish: has no sheen, works best for low traffic areas, and is best for hiding imperfections on the wall; used often in new construction and on ceilings.
The majority of commercial properties use a semi-glass to eggshell finish. Investing in paint is investing in your building. High-quality paint and the correct sheen will help the paint last longer, clean better, and give it the professional look you want.