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Performance coatings may be a popular method of prolonging the life of concrete, but specifying the right product to protect a concrete structure isn’t always as simple as it sounds. And that’s where an expert like SPI Performance Coatings can help.

There are lots of factors to consider, including the age and condition of the concrete, the harshness of its environment and the presence of abrasive chemicals or natural forces like ground movement. The quality of the coating, the standard of the surface preparation and any application restrictions are also important too, of course.

The most important thing is to specify the right solution for your specific requirements. Match the right coating to the conditions and you will have effective, value-for-money protection that lasts. Fail to do so – and you could be left counting the cost sooner than you might think.

Before we look at the materials themselves, there are a couple of important factors to consider.

The first is product quality and like anything, you can get good quality and poor quality. In many cases, you may think you are purchasing a pure product, when in fact you’re buying a hybrid mix. Think of it like an old cut-and-shut car – you might think you’re buying a good quality motor, but closer investigation shows that two defective, potentially dangerous products are being sold as something else with false marketing claims. The key to avoiding this is to get to know your manufacturer of choice closely so you can judge them, as well as their products (for the record, ours is a pint of bitter, we’ll meet you in the local where we can tell you about our products with nothing to hide).