Coating Bay Area Exterior Walls
Armstrong has been protecting homes and businesses in the Bay Area for over 50 years by coating exterior walls with the best available material found in the market. Unlike the East Coast, in the Bay Area, building owners do not usually prefer to protect them with aluminum or vinyl siding. Consequently, the founder of Armstrong, Howard Fine, decided to offer them the best possible protection available, which was coating. Our founder decided to use coating due to its dual function of providing an attractive durable finish that will last for decades and the excellent protection it offers against the unique weather conditions of the Bay Area.
Benefits Of Coating
Firstly, since coating material is about ten times thicker than ordinary exterior paint, it makes it much more resistant to weather conditions while it also increases its lifespan as well as that of the substrate to which it is applied. For example, as we all know, in the Bay Area, the moisture from the ubiquitous fog is quite destructive to structures constructed with stucco, concrete and masonry. Applying coating instead of paint to such exteriors will ensure their protection against the penetrating damp. What’s more, the thickness of this material can cover up the imperfections or cracks that walls tend to develop over the years.
One of the most significant benefits of coating, which cannot be matched even by the best or most expensive paint products, is its reflective quality. The pigments found in such products are used by the U.S. government to cool ships and provide both reflectivity and reduced radar signature in Stealth bombers. Due to their ability to reflect light, these pigments can lower surface temperatures significantly. Lower exterior temperatures can lead to lower interior temperatures and a reduction in your use of air conditioning. A study conducted by the U. S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory showed that it can reduce a home’s cooling costs from 4.2% to 21.9%, depending on the color chosen, geographical location, climate condition and substrate type.
Applying Coating To Your Exterior Walls
The procedure for preparing and applying the coating to exterior walls is very similar to that of painting.
- Clean Exterior Walls: The best way to accomplish this is by using a pressure washer to effectively remove dirt, flaky paint, pollutants, moss, mold and algae. If the mold and mildew cannot be removed simply with water then specialized cleaning material can be used, for example, concrete cleaner, to ensure we have a clean surface before beginning the application.
- Repair Defects And Damage On Walls: Wall must be checked carefully for damage and defects and then using the appropriate tools and material, repairs must be conducted with care. Also, ample time must be given to repaired areas to dry before applying the coating material.
- Apply Coating Product: Normally, coating products can be applied to walls in the same manner as paint by using a sprayer, a brush or a roller. The coating should be applied generously and care should be taken to spread it evenly. Then the second coat is applied before the first coat dries. In cases of very porous wall surfaces, there may be a need for more than two coats.
Coating By Armstrong
Armstrong was one of the first painting companies to use coating material on residential applications in the Bay Area; bringing what was once thought of a commercial grade product for use on residential homes. We have always used the very best coating products to ensure that they provide protection that will last for decades. As always, all our products and work are covered by the best warranties in the industry. Call us today for a free quote or to arrange a free consultation with our Home Improvement Specialists.