Elastomeric Coating: The Right Structure Protection

May 21, 2014

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Elastomeric coating is a water-based paint that is formulated from an acrylic resin, which gives it incredible durability and longevity. It is waterproof and weatherproof, able to withstand the harsh environmental conditions that many structures are exposed to.  This tough coating creates a barrier that protects substrate from moisture damage. In addition, it also resists fading in sunlight, heat and wind.

Elastomerics are used primarily for commercial and industrial building exteriors. Its durability allows for it to be used in many different situations and surfaces. The best surfaces for applying elastomeric coatings include brick, stucco, concrete, and fiber cement. It is commonly used as the following as well;  exterior waterproofing and weatherproofing, including roof coatings, repairing seasonal wear and tear to a building’s exterior, improving the aesthetic appeal of a facility, and coating industrial machinery, steel structural components, and exterior features like walkways and handrails
If someone asks a painting contractor or a facility manager about the best coatings in the building industry, the reply is often elastomeric paints. This industry opinion comes from years of experience with the product. Elastomeric coating services are widely-used in facilities for the following reasons: Commercial painting contractors often use this thick paint for building exteriors because of its excellent properties. This coating is very flexible, with high color retention and superior waterproofing. This allows it to expand and contract along with the material beneath under extreme heat or cold. This elasticity also allows the elastomeric to bridge small surface cracks and prevent them from worsening. The finished product can perform and last for over a decade.

What are your product and application choices?

Elastomerics are thicker and more durable than ordinary exterior paint, but you can’t tell by its appearance. Elastomerics can appear just the same as regular paint, and is available with just as many options. It is available in smooth and textured varieties. The smooth variety can be “flat” or have a satin sheen. Textured elastomerics can be applied with different patterns, and is often used to disguise imperfections in a substrate’s surface. Color can also be chosen, earth tones and pastels are most commonly used due to the fact it is most suitable for exterior walls, but it is available in many different hues.

When applying this type of coating, timing and precision are key to ensuring the product will last as long as possible. If not applied with the correct thickness, the coating will wear out faster and require more frequent touch ups and repainting. Working with an industrial painting contractor who has experience using elastomeric coatings in commercial or industrial settings is important to ensure the durability and maximum life of the coating.

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