So you thought paints only offer colour to your walls. Think again. With innovation and technology advancement, the paints today offer properties like flame spread resistant, water resistant, anti-microbial properties and scratch resistant. The performance, protection and array of finishes available determine the quality of paint. This also helps transform four walls into creative canvas.
The flame spread resistance is an added distinction of any paint or polish. The flame retardant coatings are also available for a lot of combustible materials. These retard flame spread and penetration of heat, thereby buying much precious time for safe escape. These coatings chemically react when exposed to fire, puff up to form a thick, dense, spongy layer that checks fire spread and heat penetration.
The water repellant paints besides making the paint performance long term also solve the issue of mold and mildew. This paint therefore prevent peeling problems attributed to moisture. It also decreases colour fading and water spotting. The surface becomes easy to clean, smooth and highly durable.
The anti-microbial properties create a more hygienic – healthier living environment. The moisture resistance property goes hand in hand with the anti-fungal – anti-bacterial properties of paint. Metal like silver or chemical based anti-microbial are impregnated to paints to repel pathogens. These paints are ideal for environments with heavy traffic areas like classrooms, hospitals, industry, offices, and commercial entities. It is essentially important to study the composition of these paints before applying so as to choose the one that is safe for humans. The paints have to be no-odour, low VOC and green in qualities.
Thin hair line cracks appear in the building due to environmental temperature changes leading to expansion & contraction. The strength and elasticity of paint determine the ability of a painted wall to remain smooth for a longer duration. These paints have a flexibility to accommodate minor movements, strength to prevent the appearance of cracks, adhesion to absorbent surfaces, low shrinkage and water resistance. With all these qualities stain resistance comes as a bonus. This paint by default becomes non-porus and dense thereby preventing the penetration of stains and making it stain resistant.
Ultimately it comes to weighing the characteristics of a good paint, I would recommend that you must judge paint by the following points:
- Coverable Ability
- Ease of cleaning
- Protection of the Substrate
- Environment friendly
- Practical & cost effectiveness.
Cost effectiveness plays an important role while you choose paint. The paint must be cheap, ready to use, have fast colour, long lasting and easy to apply.