A Guide To 4 Types Of Commercial Paint Finishes

Posted By  rcc_admin  |  December 7, 2022

Your commercial space requires upgrades from time to time, just like our homes do, and most renovations involve a fresh coat of paint. Even if it might not seem like it, there are many crucial decisions that must be made when it comes to painting the interior of your commercial space, beyond choosing the appropriate color. To ensure you obtain the best results, it’s worthwhile to understand what the best paint finish for your business space would be before choosing a shade.

Factors to Consider

There are many commercial paint finishes to choose from, ranging from flat to glossy. Which one(s) you end up going with depends on several factors. For instance, depending on how much physical activity happens in your office building, the type of paint finish that is appropriate for your environments will vary. What is the frequency of the walls being cleaned? Is it common for the walls at your office to become stained? It will be much simpler to select the ideal paint finish for your commercial space once you figure out the answers to these questions. Here are the four types of commercial paint finishes to choose from!

Matte or Flat Finishes

These zero-gloss coatings are inexpensive, simple to use, and give any wall a classy appearance. These finishes absorb light and diffuse it across the space as opposed to reflecting it like most finishes do. Given their affordability as compared to most other options, these finishes are a wonderful choice for painting large areas.

The drawback is that they attract dirt, making it difficult to clean your walls. Scrubbing flat or matte-finished walls will remove the paint from the wall, so you’ll need to use leftover paint to restore any tainted areas if that happens. 

In high-traffic, stain-prone locations like common areas or the lunchroom, flat or matte surfaces are not recommended. Use them instead for board rooms, ceilings, or any other low-traffic areas.

Eggshell Finishes

Eggshell is a paint sheen or gloss that appears and feels a little flat, but has a slight gloss to it. The in-between option of flat (or matte) and satin paint is eggshell paint.

There are several reasons why eggshell paint finish is popular. It is a beautiful, universal paint sheen that brings out the best qualities of a paint’s hue. Eggshell paint can also be easily cleaned and is somewhat durable against wear and tear.

Although this finish has a lower shine factor than flat or matte finishes, it is more reflective. This is a wonderful choice for smoothing out or covering any flaws on an interior wall and adds a beautiful finishing touch to low-traffic areas like conference rooms or offices. It is less advisable to apply eggshell finishes in large, low-traffic areas because they are a little more expensive than flat or matte surfaces.

Given its ease of use and reasonably fast drying time, satin paint has long been a go-to gloss for DIYers. Satin paint holds its own as a long-lasting, smudge-resistant sheen that allows the paint’s color to fully come through.

Satin coatings provide an excellent compromise for commercial buildings with surfaces that require light reflection, because of their delicate sheen and fair durability. Since they produce minimal reflection and have a sophisticated finish, satin finishes are the most typical interior paint finishes for commercial spaces. Both major surfaces like walls and small details like trim are often given satin finishes. Almost any location in the office can benefit from this incredibly adaptable paint gloss, but we especially recommend it for conference rooms and reception areas.

Semi-Gloss and Gloss Finishes

Semi-gloss is frequently compared with satin finishes, however, the former has significantly more sheen. This means that semi-gloss paint will reflect light from windows and lamps more readily than a flatter finish, such as eggshell or satin.

These lustrous finishes are extremely stain-resistant, easy to clean, and durable. Kitchens, baths, and hallways are examples of high-traffic locations where glossy and semi-gloss finishes are strongly recommended. It’s important to note that these finishes should only be used on smooth surfaces because they will show any defects on the surface of interior walls.

When painting a room that is darker, you can choose a bold paint color and a semi-gloss paint finish to brighten the area. In terms of effectiveness at preventing water damage to the surface underneath, semi-gloss and gloss paint fare better than satin finishes. 

Gloss finishes are typically best used for woodwork like doors or trim, as well as locations like bathrooms, since they provide the highest level of resistance to moisture.

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