The Future of wall protection | By: Brandon Denault, Estimator
When people think of wall protection products the first things that come to mind are your standard wallpapers and FRP (Fiber Reinforced Plastic) panels.
What if I were to tell you that there is actually an alternative to this that, although more costly up front, can in the long run save you both time and money? I can promise you such a product does exist, and it is in the form of systems such as the Sherwin Williams Saniglass system.
This system is applied very similarly to paint with a fiberglass mesh reinforcement in the middle to enhance the coating. After the prime and base coats, the mesh is placed on the walls covering the entire surface. The mesh is then coated with a leveling coat and a finish coat on top. What you have as a result is a surface that resembles an FRP panel; however, it is completely seamless over the entire coverage area.
You may be thinking to yourself,
“Why does it matter to me if there are seams or not?”
There are actually a few reasons that this is beneficial.
With anything you have the edges and seams are always where things start to damage or come apart, hence the saying “Coming apart at the seams.” Due to the seamless nature, you can be assured of proper adhesion over time.
Another key component is the seamless nature allows for easier cleaning and makes it harder for bacteria to accumulate. With panels you may run into this issue behind the panels as well leading to drywall repair issues.
A coating such as this may be very advantageous in a few commercial instances such as restaurants, pharmaceutical facilities, locker rooms and even animal facilities. The waterproof nature of this product bodes well in any of those environments. When researching the product, you will find that although the up-front cost may be higher, in the long run you will have a lower maintenance surface with a longer life span. This long life span helps lower the life span cost resulting in a dependable finished product for years to come.
My advice would be to reach out to a commercial painting company like re:fab to get help facilitate the process.