Specialty Coatings

Specialty Coatings Contractor in Pennsylvania

Specialty coatings are protective coatings systems that work similar to paint, but offer increased performance, durability, and protection from the elements. Specialty coatings are often used in situations where normal paint simply isn’t up to the challenge. These circumstances include the harsh outdoor environments, humid or damp places, or areas with a high risk of corrosion. Specialty coatings are a good investment because they help protect and increase the longevity of your valuable buildings and equipment.

Industrial specialty coating applications are often applied to bridges, warehouses, offshore sites, and buildings. Because these specialty coatings are unique from traditional paint jobs, they present complex challenges and require proper preparation. If you need  a reputable specialty coatings contractor in Pennsylvania, look no further than th eteam of certified, insured, and highly trained experts at Alpine Painting and Restoration

We offer a variety of industrial specialty coatings, including:

  • Intumescent Fire-proofing – a solvent-based, single component thin coating applied by normal airless spray to give up to 2 hours fire protection on all types of steel sections. (ULI listed and suitable for internal and external steelwork)
  • CIM High-performance Coatings
  • Fluid Applied Insulation
  • Liquid-applied Lining Systems
  • Extreme Immersion
  • Plural-component Polyurethane
  • Polysiloxanes and Fluorothanes – Hydrophobic & Super Hydrophilic Coatings

The following classifications will help you understand what level of corrosion your facility is at risk for. The higher the risk of corrosion, the more important it is to take preventative measures to protect your assets. Doing so will ensure the longevity of your building.


Corrosion Classifications for Internal and External Environments

Corrosivity classifications were created to categorize the risk of corrosion in various different environments. Factors that increase the rate of corrosion include: moisture, humidity, pH levels, chemical exposure, UV radiation, and the presence of microorganisms. These corrosive factors are arranged in groups that assess the risk of corrosion from very low to very high. The corrosion classification of your facility will decide what types of paints are needed to withstand the corrosion, the required surface preparation, the number of coats of paint needed, and the frequency that the paint will need to be reapplied.

The Five Corrosion Classifications are as Follows:

C1 – Very Low Impact: Heated buildings with clean atmospheres, e.g., offices, schools, shops, hotels

C2 – Low Impact: Atmospheres with low levels of pollution, mostly rural areas. Unheated buildings where condensation may occur, e.g., depots, warehouses, sports halls

C3 – Middle Impact: Urban and industrial atmospheres, moderate sulfur dioxide pollution. Coastal areas with low salinity. Production rooms with high humidity and some air pollution (food processing plants, laundries, breweries, diaries)

C4 – High Impact: Industrial areas and coastal areas with moderate salinity. Chemical plants, swimming pools, coastal shipyards

C5-I – Very High Impact – Industry: Industrial areas with high humidity and aggressive atmosphere. Buildings or areas with almost permanent condensation and high pollution

C5-M – Very High Impact: Coastal and offshore areas with high salinity. Buildings or areas with almost permanent condensation and high pollution

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We’re happy to help determine the corrosion classification for your business. We’ve been working in the Pennsylvania and tri-state area for more than three decades, so we’re familiar with the interior and exterior environmental factors in the region.

More About Flexible Plural-Component Polyurethane Coatings

Plural-component polyurethane coatings are perfect for buildings like water and sewage treatment facilities, petrochemical storage and refineries, manufacturing buildings, and chemical factories where an average coat of paint wouldn’t last. The chemistry of the epoxy, polyurea, and polyurethane blend in this coating allows it to perform better and be far more versatile than a standard paint. The benefits of plural-component polyurethane coatings include:

  • Fast cure times
  • Solvent-free and VOC-free
  • Flexibility
  • Shock-resistant
  • Corrosion protection
  • Waterproof
  • Longer service life
  • Reduced maintenance cost
  • Chemical, environmental and atmospheric resistance

We apply these coatings safely and according to industry specifications. In addition, we can apply your new coating after hours of operation or on weekends so we don’t disturb your daily workflow.

Intumescent Fireproofing Paint

Intumescent paint is a type of specialty coating that fireproofs the material it’s applied to. When exposed to fire, the paint will undergo a chemical reaction that causes it to swell up and expand. This expansion creates a buffer between the fire and the material beneath the paint. The intumescent paint’s swelling slows the spread of the fire, providing more time for the building to be evacuated. Intumescent paint is considered a form of passive fire protection, because it automatically delays the fire’s spread.

Despite its fireproof quality, intumescent paint looks very similar to normal paint. It’s typically applied in several layers to increase the fire resistance. When exposed to heat, intumescent paint can expand anywhere from 5x to 100x depending on the number of coats that have been applied. The paint will bubble out and create an external char layer that blackens but doesn’t ignite, even after prolonged exposure to an open flame.

A fireproof specialty coating can be applied to virtually any surface to ensure adherence to fire safety codes.


Specialty Coatings Frequently Asked Questions

What are Specialty Coatings?

Specialty coatings refers to a number of different protective coating systems that are applied to buildings or machinery to increase durability, enhance performance, or add additional protection.

What’s the Difference Between Paint and Specialty Coating?

Paint just adds color to a surface, while a specialty coating has additional properties that improve performance or durability.

What are the Three Types of Coating?

Architectural coating; that’s applied to buildings, industrial coating; applied in a factory setting, and special purpose coating which is applied after a product has left the factory.

What are the Most Popular Types of Specialty Coating?

The most popular types of specialty coatings are: epoxy coatings, polyurethane coatings, and polysiloxane coatings.


Safety Is Our Top Priority

All of our job sites are OSHA-compliant and our trusted contractors are extensively trained and committed to adherence to the highest industry safety standards and avoid injury to themselves or others. Alpine Painting and Restoration are longtime members of ISNETWORLD which vets and verifies all contractors we hire.


Discuss Speciality Coatings with Us

Which specialty coatings would most improve your facility? Contact our team to discuss which specialty coatings are right for your business needs. Alpine Painting and Restoration offers fair and competitive pricing. We offer affordable painting services and use the best tools and painters to achieve incredible results.

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