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FEATURE


PAINT JOB: A MODERN FAÇADE


Kevin Davies of Sto Ltd examines some of the latest developments in façade paints and finishes, and the advantages they offer for today’s facilities maintenance professional.


Keeping building façades looking their best can be a never-ending task for the building and facilities manager. Rain, dirt and environmental pollution all take their toll, and what was once a smart-looking building can soon begin to appear unsightly and in need of refurbishment. Each time the exterior is refurbished, a decision must be made about the final paint or surface finish that will be used, and this decision can impact the building’s future maintenance requirements.


There has been considerable research in the field of building paints and finishes in recent years, and this has produced a range of innovative products which have advanced properties designed to help keep buildings looking better for longer. These products really are the paints of the future, so it’s essential that today’s facility professionals are aware of these modern advances, and the many advantages they can offer to keep a building looking its best.


A natural solution One of the most effective new façade paints borrows


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inspiration from the natural world - specifically from the fog-basking beetle which lives in dry, desert terrains. This beetle has a special shell which has a series of micro- textures, allowing it to collect moisture to drink from the morning fog. The beetle’s micro-textured surface simultaneously repels water droplets which fall on to the shell and channels the water into the beetle’s mouth.


A façade paint is now available that uses a special combination of binding agents and filler material to replicate the micro-textures of the beetle’s shell on the surface of the building façade. The result of this innovative combination is a surface which not only repels water instantly, but also channels it away quickly and efficiently. When exposed to rainwater or dew, the façade dries out far more rapidly than with a conventional finish, and prevents the growth of micro-organisms, like algae and fungi. Unsightly staining and marking is therefore reduced, extending maintenance intervals.


This type of paint can be used on all conventional types of substrate - including render, concrete, brick, metal


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