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How Coatings Can Change Your Painting Experience

By December 4, 2020May 31st, 2022Commercial Projects
How Coatings Can Change Your Painting Experience

When you are looking for a way to spruce up your commercial property, a fresh coat of paint may be the best answer. Paint on its own may not be enough to meet the requirements for your interior or exterior walls, ceilings, and even floors. Luckily, your commercial and industrial painting professionals have the solution – coatings! You must be wondering how coatings can change your painting experience? Read as we explain.

The Difference Between Paint and Coatings

If you are stuck on which you should have applied to your building, gaining a basic understanding of the two may help you decide. Coating can be paint, but paint can’t be a coating. There are distinct differences that you should observe before you and your painting specialists decide.

What is Paint?

The primary purpose of paint is to help improve the aesthetic value of your building. Depending on the surface, there is likely a paint type that is made specifically for it. Paint can also be applied using different techniques that may enhance the look.
Even though some paints have protective qualities about them, it is not the intended purpose. Using a paint application on any surface can make it look more vibrant, cleaner, and seem newer.

What are Coatings?

Coatings step in to pick up where paint can’t perform. You could think of coatings as paints that perform specific purposes. These are the types of jobs that coatings can do that paint can’t:

  • Flexibility
  • Elasticity
  • Color retention
  • Water shedding
  • Waterproofing
  • Self-cleaning
  • Rust and corrosion – containment and prevention
  • Breathability
  • Antimicrobial

Coatings are a better selection for commercial and industrial properties because they can hold up better to the test of time and weather.

Types of High-Performance Coatings

Most commercial paint coatings are applied in an industrial setting to protect metal and concrete structures that require paint protection from chemical, mechanical, and environmental ruin. Different commercial and industrial coatings have different purposes. You don’t have to know what each one is. You just need to hire the experts that do.
The majority of coatings fall into organic and inorganic categories – with popular choices found in each of these. re:fab is experienced in handling the commercial and industrial coatings required for buildings (interior and exterior). If you are unsure which you need, we can guide you in the right direction.

Organic Coatings

These types of coatings contain carbon and refined or modified petroleum products. They also include different solvents, additives, pigments, and fillers. You would likely find the following:
Epoxy Coating Systems – The term “epoxy” defines a large group of coating products that are considered to be high-performance coatings. Epoxy coatings have short curing and drying times. They can bond with many different surfaces, such as zinc, steel, aluminum, and galvanized components. This coating is the premier choice for many industrial settings because it can withstand the demand and provide maximum protection against wear and tear.
Polyurethane Coating – Polyurethane is enhanced with special additives that make it exceptionally resistant to corrosion, abrasion, weathering, and chemicals. As a result, the coating is considered versatile and can be used in many different industrial and commercial settings.

Inorganic Coatings

Inorganic coatings are formulated using ingredients like enamels, additives, and pigments to help provide protection against various stressors in industrial environments. You will likely see these types of inorganic coatings:
Ceramic Coating – The use of ceramic paint coatings exhibits unique characteristics due to their chemical and corrosion protection, thermal insulation, and chemical and dimensional stability. Industrial painting projects may use ceramic polymer coatings to protect tank or piping systems against water, moisture, chemicals, UV radiation, and higher ranges of operating temperatures.
Acrylic Coating – Acrylic coatings contain higher amounts of additives and fillers and are designed to meet high-performance standards. Acrylic coatings also have fewer pigment dispersants, rheology modifiers, and surfactants that negatively affect corrosion resistance.

How Using Industrial Coating Makes a Difference

Industrial coatings are an integral part of maintaining and protecting various substrates such as concrete or steel. When these need to be reapplied, waiting can cause more harm than good. Keeping up with the maintenance of your industrial coatings is a must, and you should always hire professionals to apply it.
These are the reasons you should always stay up to date with industrial coating maintenance:

    • These coatings provide protection – such as flooring that holds heavy machinery. Industrial coatings stop the floor from being ruined or broken down.


    • These coatings provide safety – to prevent slip and fall accidents, many flooring may use a slip-resistant coating.


    • These coatings prevent corrosion – rust and other corrosive debris can be devastating to equipment; coatings can preserve them.


  • These coatings keep surfaces clean – this can even include antimicrobial properties. Many facilities and buildings need to maintain a certain level of cleanliness, so using industrial coatings makes this possible.

Why Choose re:fab For Your Industrial Coatings?

Isn’t it time to find the contractor who can do what they say and finish what they start?
For over 25 years, re:fab has been the choice of companies nationally and regionally, providing a line of full renovation, painting, and specialty application services.
We take pride in our excellent project management team and offer support every day until the project is finished, and you are completely satisfied.
Our projects start with a phone call. We thoroughly discuss and document your needs and requests. We come up with a plan that delivers your project on time and on budget. Next, we provide you with project managers who maintain transparency. We work around your needs, even if it requires working nights and weekends. The final step of the re:fab process is to ensure you are completely satisfied with the work we have done. Contact us today!

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Drywall + Carpentry

Whether the interior walls of your commercial facility have been damaged, the front door of your business needs an upgrade or your floors are in need of attention, re:fab has the right team and process to meet your specific needs.
With a team of skilled carpenters and specialty craftsmen, re:fab helps clients tackle quick improvements to full-scale renovation needs.

Renovation Services

Professional Renovation Services Tailored to your Industry.

re:fab is the trusted partner for commercial renovations and specialty applications for properties and facilities across all industries. Whether a commercial office building or a multi-family property, our experienced team has the knowledge and resources to get your job done right.

  • Flooring & Epoxy Coatings
  • Windows and Doors
  • Interior and Exterior Painting
  • Rebranding Services and Special Finishes Installments
  • Carpentry & Drywall Repairs
  • Heating and AC and/or HVAC
  • Plumbing & Electrical
  • Trenching
  • Appliance Replacement
  • Gutters
  • Structural Repairs & Safety Hazards

Specialty Flooring

Floor Coatings Keep Your Foundations Safe

re:fab’s floor coating services provide a dramatic enhancement to the look and feel of commercial and industrial properties. In addition, specialty floor coatings maintain the health and durability of your floors and overall properties, creating a more healthy and safer space for your employees, customers and the environment

Our Experts Provide A Variety Of Floor Coating Services, Including:

  • Epoxy Floor Coatings
  • Cementitious Urethane Resurfacers
  • Decorative Flake and Quartz Floor Coating Systems
  • Joint Fillers-Repair Mortars
  • Electrostatic Dissipative (ESD) Coating Systems
  • High-Performance Urethane Topcoat
  • Resurfacers
  • Same-Day Coating Systems
  • Moisture Vapor Reducer
  • Sealers
  • Urethane Topcoats

*Please note: re:fab provides flooring services as part of a larger renovation or painting program or project, not a standalone service.

EIFS + Stucco

Commercial buildings and industrial facilities featuring exterior walls with an Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) have the attractiveness of a stucco finish but with greater insulation, toughness and longevity. In fact, unlike stucco, EIFS is actually a multi-layered system that includes insulation board, base coat and finish coat. It’s a combination that provides a classic look with modern advantages.

In addition to much-improved insulation, EIFS can improve indoor air quality and reduce the environmental impact of a structure throughout its lifetime, and it is available in a virtually unlimited range of colors and textures.

EIFS has transformed commercial buildings across all industries and our team of specialists can help you understand the benefits of this important application.

*We are Dryvit Systems EIFS Certified Installers.

Power Washing

Regular power washing keeps commercial facilities running efficiently and safely, helps businesses stay compliant with environmental regulations, rids surfaces of mold and delivers an attractive first impression to clients and guests. Our team can quickly and easily return your properties to excellent condition.

Exterior Power Washing Services Include:

  • Exterior wall pressure washing
  • Construction clean-up
  • Graffiti removal
  • Heavy equipment, truck and fleet cleaning
  • Driveway and parking lot cleaning
  • Patio washing
  • Gutter and drain cleaning
  • Outdoor structures such as play equipment
  • Swimming pools
  • Outbuilding

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re:fab’s 30 years+ experience with commercial interior and exterior painting, sealing and wall & ceiling applications assures each client that we have the expertise to deliver for any business painting requirement. Tackling projects both large and small, across New England, our teams are capable of serving all of your standard and specialty painting and application needs.

  • Interior & exterior applications
  • Multi-color systems
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  • EIFS & stucco
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