Choosing an anti-graffiti coating addresses more than just the financial cost when dealing with the impact of graffiti on your commercial or residential property in Perth.
Graffiti and tagging practices mostly performed by bored youth leave buildings looking unsightly and create stress and additional maintenance workloads for property managers.
With the Western Australian State government estimating the financial impact of dealing with graffiti to be in excess of $25 million per annum on government-owned property, combined national figures including residential and commercial business owners are estimated to exceed $1.5 billion annually.
Those responsible for the maintenance of properties are also left dealing with the social costs to premises as graffiti and tagging create a negative impression for prospective customers and clients.
Without an anti-graffiti coating, professionally painted exteriors that become unwelcoming overnight take a longer amount of time to restore. Fortunately, property owners can choose between sacrificial and non-sacrificial anti-graffiti coatings to combat this problem.
What are Sacrificial and Non-Sacrificial Anti-graffiti Coatings?
These coatings are applied to aid in the removal of graffiti and tagging. Property owners may consider the type of surface, budget, and how often dealing with graffiti is likely to occur,
anti-graffiti coatings can be applied to the following:
- Any exterior painted surface including walls and fencing
- Structures made of plastic and metal such as commercial signage
- Playground equipment
- Wooden benches & tables found in spaces seen by customers & staff
- Heritage-listed buildings, both commercial and residential
After assessing your needs, the next step is choosing the right anti-graffiti coating.
Sacrificial Anti-Graffiti Coating
This anti-graffiti coating option is cost-effective, and is fairly unnoticeable when applied to a surface. The term sacrificial means that it only works against graffiti once. Should graffiti happen, once removed, another sacrificial anti-graffiti coating will need to be applied.
This can be a good solution for commercial property owners in new industrial areas where the chances of vandalism are lower, and where you are looking for an anti-graffiti coating that is suited to porous surfaces like brickwork, concrete
For commercial business owners near high traffic areas such as public transport lines where graffiti is more likely to occur, the non-sacrificial anti-graffiti coating may be a more suitable long term option
Non-Sacrificial Anti-Graffiti Coating
A non-sacrificial anti-graffiti coating leaves a gloss appearance on surfaces after application. This is more suited to non-porous surfaces like plastic, glass, metal, and wood – think commercial signage out the front of buildings. It can still be applied to concrete and brick walls.
As a permanent solution, graffiti can be removed with greater ease hundreds of times, therefore making this a more suitable option if your area is prone to graffiti attacks.
Whilst a non-sacrificial anti-graffiti coating has a higher investment tag, in the longer term, this may prove to be a better choice in protecting the exterior and making your space feel safe, professional and welcoming to clients.
Find out more on using an anti-graffiti coating to protect your commercial or residential space in Perth by contacting the professional team at Elite Painting here