The state of paints and coatings conveys to visitors and occupants how well an institutional or commercial facility is managed. Peeling or flaking paints and coatings give the image of a poorly managed operation and a declining facility.
However, the impact of paints and coatings on operations extends far beyond looks. They are critical components in the protection of building structures and components. Building systems and components will deteriorate if maintenance and engineering departments do not properly maintain them or if the wrong paint or coating is applied, limiting their service lives.
Advances in manufacturing technology and chemistry have resulted in an almost infinite number of paint and coating alternatives, which is both a blessing and a curse. Managers can adjust the features of a paint or coating to the needs of the application thanks to the variety of possibilities.
However, the variety of possibilities increases the likelihood that a manager may select an incorrect product, one that does not provide enough protection or the longest service life.
The pricing of the projects of leading industrial painting companies to range for what appear to be similar products exacerbates the selection dilemma. While the cheapest paint or coating may appear to be a good deal, it may only have half the service life of a more expensive product.
With labour accounting for 70% or more of the overall cost in projects involving the application of paints and varnishes, the cheapest product often has the highest life-cycle cost.