High-quality paints offer many benefits, making them a wise investment over low-quality cheaper options. These include:
All paint has binders that help the pigments stay in place. Premium paints have higher quantities of these binders and use more prime pigments, providing a richer look.
They also tend to cover better, meaning that touch-ups are often unnoticeable. They can hide the original wall color with fewer coats, saving you time and money. They’re tougher and more durable, reducing imprints from shelves, furniture, and other items and resistant to impact, stains, and mildew.
There is a reason for the saying, “You get what you pay for.” Choosing to go with bargain paints can cost more in the long run. Low-quality paints aren’t as durable and tend to flake or fade faster than their high-end counterparts, meaning you’ll have to spend money on a repaint much sooner than you would otherwise.
Commercial painting contractors use high-quality paints with a higher concentration of pigments and binders than low-quality ones, making them thicker and more opaque. This means you can cover a larger surface area with fewer paint cans. This can also help save on labor costs, as you’ll need fewer gallons of paint to achieve the same results.
Top-quality paints have better scrubbing resistance, which helps them resist wear and tear from cleaning. They also have better imprint resistance, making them less likely to collect fingerprints and other marks on surfaces. They’re also less susceptible to mildew and spoilage, which can happen more often with cheaper paints.
Some industrial painting products even include a fireproofing layer, which can protect facilities from damage caused by heat and flames. Reflective industrial paints, usually used in areas with lots of sunlight, can be very effective in this regard, as they’re designed to deflect heat away from walls instead of absorbing it.
Easy to Clean
The right paints and coatings will help protect structures from abrasion, impacts, weather elements, etc. It will also keep mold, mildew, and odors from developing, which makes for a healthier property. This means the property will also be easier to clean and maintain.
Choosing cheap paints may seem like a good deal at the time, but it will often cost more in the long run. Low-quality paints tend to chip and wash off much faster than high-quality ones. This will require more frequent touch-ups and more money for a fresh coat sooner than expected.
Top-quality paints have a higher pigment volume concentration, giving them better color and coverage. Cheaper paints have larger pigments that only work to increase the amount of paint in a can instead of enhancing color and coverage. A higher pigment volume concentration also means the paint will hide blemishes and imperfections much more easily, meaning you won’t need to apply as many coats.
High-quality paints have binders formulated to hold up to everyday use and the elements. They also resist fading, which can be caused by exposure to the sun’s UV rays. Faded paint can make a property look worn and outdated, which can turn away customers or detract from the overall aesthetic of your business.
High-quality paint is naturally tougher and will hold up better to washing. This is especially important in commercial spaces, where walls can be subject to more wear and tear from daily activity. Whether from food and beverage spills, scrubbing from cleaning, or even graffiti (which can be hard to remove if the paint has been poorly done), high-quality paint will resist staining much better than a low-grade product.
A paint’s performance is largely determined by the binder and pigments that go into it. Two types of pigments go into a can of paint: prime pigments, which provide color and hide, and extender pigments, which add bulk to the paint but offer little value in color. High-quality paints contain more prime pigments and fewer extender pigments, which results in easier application, stronger durability, and better color retention.
High-quality paints also contain a variety of additives that enhance performance. For example, some contain wetting agents that help the paint flow evenly on surfaces. Others have rheology modifiers that create a more fluid coating, which allows for better hiding and easier touch-up. Other additives include mildewcides that keep the paint from developing mildew and dispersing agents to ensure all the pigments are evenly distributed.
Easy to Apply
The old saying “you get what you pay for” applies to paint. A low-priced product may seem like a good deal, but it will not last as long as a high-quality option. It will also require more coats to cover a surface, which increases labor costs and adds up over time.
Managers should consider all of these factors when selecting a paint or coating. Choosing the right type or finish can make a facility look good and reduce operational efficiency. For example, flat and eggshell finishes are good at hiding imperfections in surfaces but need to be more durable and easy to clean. Semi-gloss and gloss paints are more durable, easier to clean, and resist marking.
Paints and coatings come in various colors and finishes, so managers should select the one that best matches the intended use. In addition, they should choose the right sheen level. For example, glossy paints can be easily cleaned, but they tend to highlight imperfections on the surfaces underneath them.
Another advantage of higher-quality paints is that they dry faster and have a smoother finish than lower-grade options. This makes them less likely to show brush and roller marks, which can be distracting or unprofessional. A smooth finish is less prone to flaking, cracking, and peeling.