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Paint Choices to Boost Efficiency and Reduce Your Cooling Costs

Until we start giving a good hard look preparatory to renovation – or until something goes wrong – most of us don’t stop to think about our paint job.  Once it starts peeling or blistering, though, painting becomes a priority quickly.  That’s why it’s important to do the job right the first time.

A good coat of paint does loads of things for your home, everything from living comfort to curb appeal.  How can you go wrong with something that improves the appearance of your home?  But it might surprise you to hear you can actually lower your electric bill if you choose the right paint.

If you want to know more about saving money and reducing energy consumption with your paint job, here’s the breakdown from your favourite Sydney painting contractors:

To start with the basic, lighter colours are known for being able to reflect solar rays.  Your light painted surfaces will be more resistant to heat from the sun and the wear and tear that comes along with it.  They will also help the interior or your home to stay cooler.  But that’s just the beginning.

These days technology has progressed to the point where it has provided us paints designed specifically to reflect heat.  Heat reflective paints with energy-efficient metal oxide pigments are less sensitive to the damaging effects of UV rays.  They reflect a vast majority of the heat from the sun and have great thermal emissivity.  Plus, you can get them in a variety of colours.

If you live in a hot area with high exposure to sun, any residential painter worth their salt will opt for sun resistant paint first.  They will keep your home cooler and extend the life of the paint job by years, saving you money on both ends.

If you’d like to go the extra mile, you can actually coat the roof of your building with white paint.  White elastomeric paint will do the job, and it’ll fit your budget better than heat reflective paint.  Also, this is best with flat roofs or those with a shed grade.  If your roof has a steep grade, it can be a slipping hazard and you may void the warranty when working with it.

Another thing to keep in mind is that it will not work with all surfaces.  Paint will work well on concrete, sheet metal, modified, bitumen, rolled asphalt, tar, or EPDM rubber membrane.

However, if you are one of those lucky people who have the right kind of roof, you can cut your cooling bill in half.  Since this is a more complex process and there’s a fall risk, it’s best to contact professional painters to make sure it’s done quickly, right, and at no risk to you.

If you’d like to know more about saving money with your pain job, or to discuss the specifics of your job, feel free to contact us.  At J&E Kogan, we know paint, we know Sydney, and we’re here to offer you top quality work and service.

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