3 Reasons to Choose Membrane Coatings Over Paint Coatings

If you are a property developer, then you need to understand how different climatic conditions affect buildings. For instance, properties along the Australian coastline have to contend with high levels of humidity and its negative impact on building surfaces. That is why property managers must choose the right coating to protect their structures. If you buy substandard coatings, you will likely be caught in a continuous loop of maintenance and repairs. While paint coatings can effectively protect buildings from the elements, paints are not fully effective. You stand a much better chance of adequately protecting your property with membrane coating, and here is why.

Ease of Maintenance

The reason high-rise buildings are often painted dark colours is due to the maintenance difficulties. Since bright colours show dirt readily, it would translate to the application of new paint coating regularly. Therefore, what do you do when you want bright colours on your building but without the hassle that comes with high maintenance? The answer to this is membrane coatings. The elastomeric properties of membrane coatings prevent fast deterioration, thereby lowering the frequency of building maintenance.


One characteristic that standard exterior paint and alternative standard membranes have is the tendency to crack when exposed to the elements over extended periods. For example, when paint coating is rained on then exposed to direct sunlight, it starts to show hairline cracks. If not taken care off immediately, the hairline cracks expand into unsightly gaps on the walls. The reason is that the low-grade coatings are rigid and don't allow for expansion and contraction of concrete.

In extreme temperature variations, however, flexible membrane coatings ensure walls freely expand and contract without causing the coatings to crack. Moreover, the flexibility properties make membrane coatings the best choice for bridging already existing cracks. Unlike other types of coatings, membrane coatings do a better job at covering cracks regardless of size.     

Application Versatility

In the coatings industry, some solutions show the best results with particular applications methods. For instance, some paints are best applied using a nap roller while others perform better when applied using a brush or a spray gun. However, wouldn't it be better if your coating of choice could be applied with a variety of applications equipment? It is precisely what membrane coatings offer because you can use a spray gun, texture roller or a brush, among others. Such versatility doesn't restrict you to one or two types of applications techniques, and that is good news for any painter with a limited array of application equipment.