Short Term Gains, Long Term Losses
Budgets are an interesting thing. Put in place to guide spending and prevent over expenditure, most projects are constantly pushing up against them leading to a need for compromises to be made.
The problem is these compromises, usually in the form of cheap products, are often detrimental and end up costing more over the life of the project than simply paying a little more in the first instance.
Who’s Really Benefitting?
That’s not to say budgets are a bad thing, as mentioned they are a guide and provide a very real reminder of just how much money is available to get the project completed. The real issue is how adequate are the allowances made during the cost planning stage in taking into consideration the longer term cost implications.
Paint falls very much under that remit. Exactly how much of your budget you should allow for paint is a question that will likely see answers along the lines of ‘as little as possible’. This is of course the answer in most cases, but for it to be the correct answer time must be factored in to the equation.
If your objective is only to have the walls painted and the project finished at the time of sign off then why would you spend more than you need to? It’s somebody else’s problem after that point - or even your next job to consider. By all means, buying and using ‘cheap paint’ will look nice for a short while but what about in 6 months’ time?
If you have a vested interest in the project beyond the initial refurbishment/decoration project your view of this attitude is likely to be very different - or if it isn’t, it really should be.
The implications of short-term cost savings on owners and operators cannot be ignored, and allowing a greater budget for paint will actually end up saving them money in the longer term. Value engineering is a term that gets used a lot to justify using cheaper products – which goes against the intention of the term entirely.
Value doesn’t mean cheap, it means the worth of something compared to the price paid for it. A cheap product that only lasts a short time isn’t value for money, so if spending twice as much gets you ten times the use then it is five times more valuable.
Practically Perfect In Every Way
Once you get past the higher initial cost per tin, the number of ways you will save money with Paintfinity will make you question why you ever settled for inferior products before.
The first cost saving is immediate. Because of its excellent coverage you typically need less paint to cover the same area and get a perfect finish - about 30% less. The price per tin is what usually puts people off, but if they ever experienced this for themselves it would likely change their perception of premium paint forever.
Because better coverage means less coats, it also means less work needing to be paid for to get the job done – which may be why your contractor insists on using a cheaper product. You won’t ever find Paintfinity paint needing three coats and several days to cover magnolia.
Most paint at the lower end of the quality/price scale will only last around a year or two before it starts failing and needs to be repainted, and this cost comes directly out of the maintenance and refurbishment budget for the property. Paintfinity paint lasts four to five years before the same happens - cutting the cost by 50-80% in the frequency of work alone.
It also has a Class 1 highest scrub and durability rating making it much more resistant to damage during its lifetime than other paints, keeping it looking brighter and fresher for much longer. Feedback from existing users of Paintfinity paint state that most maintenance call outs for damaged paint work were solved with a damp cloth, not a paint brush.
Easier and Quicker to Work With
The 100% acrylic formula dries significantly faster than other paints. Needing only 20-60 minutes between coats speeds up work times greatly, and being water based means clean up is quick and easy - with no tackiness to worry about and no need for spirits or other chemicals.
With low a VOC content (volatile organic compounds) across the range, there are no noxious fumes to contend with causing problems for users of the space, and removing the necessity to close off areas until the fumes have dissipated.
The paint is so tough and versatile there are only 5 different types in the range including a primer, with no compromise on the variety of uses. With the exception of matt finishes, the range is suitable for both interior and exterior applications, and is applicable to most if not all surface types.
One glance at the abundance of paint left over in the multitude of different tins at the end of project will tell this would allow you to significantly cut down on your expenditure on paint, as you need fewer types and less tins overall.
A Different Way, A Better Way
When you combine all of these expense saving factors into the costing of a project and its subsequent maintenance, budgeting that bit more upfront with save you many times that expense over the lifetime of the work.
Lower quality paint needs repainting more often, increasing costs, disruption and losses. There really is no reason to choose inferior quality paint, despite what your financially incentivised contractor might say.
Paint technology has progressed significantly, and its time the way we look at paint progresses too. Paintfinity is the future, needing less to accomplish more for a lower cost. Don’t let your buying decisions drive short term gains and long term losses.
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