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Wednesday, June 26, 2024

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When considering paint or coatings for your buildings, homes or any structure it's crucial to look beyond the price tag per gallon or liter.

The true cost encompasses several factors that go far beyond the initial purchase.

In this episode I make known the long-term implications of choosing quality, sustainable green coatings versus typical weak paint, highlighting both direct and indirect costs, and connecting these choices to broader environmental and climate impacts.

Direct vs. Indirect Costs

Direct Costs:

• Price per gallon/liter:
The upfront cost of the paint or coating itself.
• Labor: The number of man-hours required to apply the paint to the surface area.

Indirect Costs:

• Building Downtime:
Time when parts of the building are unusable during application.
• Relocation Costs: Expenses incurred if occupants and contents need to be moved during the project.
• Waste Management: Costs associated with the generation, transportation, and storage of any waste especially hazardous waste, such as lead-based paint, asbestos, or PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls).

Service Life and Maintenance

The longevity of the coating is a significant factor.

Cheap paints typically last between three to seven years, especially under harsh environmental conditions.

Frequent reapplications increase labor and downtime costs, making cheap paint more expensive in the long run.

Conversely, the right quality green coatings can last over 20 years before needing reapplication, significantly reducing these recurring costs.

Sustainability and Environmental Impact

Quality coatings not only save money but also support sustainability.

Long-lasting coatings mean fewer recoating cycles, less waste generation, and reduced landfill overflow.

Recoating quality green coatings at the end of their service life extends the surface's lifespan without creating additional waste, thereby reducing environmental impact.

Moreover, quality green coatings offer better resistance to weather and UV rays, ensuring that the surfaces they protect remain intact and effective for longer periods.

This aspect is particularly vital for exterior surfaces exposed to harsh weather conditions.

Wind and Weather Resistance

Seamless, high-quality coatings are crucial in preventing wind and weather damage.

Buildings with gaps or seams in their coatings are susceptible to storm damage, as wind can easily get underneath and cause significant harm.

Typical weak paint is not meant for building or structure defense.

There is very little if any protection with these products.

They are designed and meant for aesthetics, making a property look good in the short term. 

Quality, long-lasting, defensive green coatings on the other hand create a continuous, monolithic membrane that prevents wind and rain from penetrating, thereby safeguarding the structure during even extreme weather events such as hurricanes and typhoons.

Environmental Considerations

The environmental cost of coatings is another critical factor.

Poor-quality paints that require frequent removal and replacement contribute to landfill overflow, increasing greenhouse gas emissions and exacerbating climate change.

Quality green coatings, on the other hand, are designed to last, reducing the frequency of reapplications and the associated environmental burden.

Energy savings also play a role.

The right solar reflective coatings, for instance, can help keep buildings cooler by repelling sunlight, thereby reducing the need for air conditioning and lowering energy consumption.

This reduction in energy use contributes to a smaller carbon footprint.

Benefits of Quality Green Coatings

• Long-lasting Protection:
Last at least 20 years, even in harsh conditions.
• Ease of Application: Simple to apply with a brush, roller, or conventional airless spray.
• Waste Reduction: Do not require the removal of old coatings, reducing unwanted waste.
• Weather Resistance: Protects against UV rays and severe weather, preventing building-related illnesses.
• Energy Savings: Reflective properties reduce cooling costs and energy consumption.

Hidden Costs of Cheap Paint

• Frequent Replacement:
Faster deterioration necessitates more frequent reapplications.
• Potential Damage: Surfaces may wear away if not recoated promptly, leading to higher maintenance costs.
• Environmental Harm: Frequent removal and disposal contribute to landfill overflow and increased greenhouse gas emissions.
• No Energy Benefits: Cheap paints do not offer energy savings, unlike long-term solar reflective green coatings that are used even on roofs.

To Sum IT Up:

Understanding the comprehensive costs associated with paint and coatings underscores the importance of choosing high-quality, sustainable products.

Investing in the right, long-lasting quality green coatings not only provides long-term financial benefits but also supports environmental sustainability and resilience against climate change.

When planning your next painting project, consider these factors to make an informed, eco-friendly decision that benefits both your wallet and the planet.

“Without environmental sustainability, economic stability and social cohesion cannot be achieved.” – Phil Harding - British Field Archaeologist

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