American Coatings Association


Sustainability

Coatings PROTECT the surfaces we depend on everyday.
Coatings PRESERVE our materials, so they last longer.
Coatings PROVIDE for our future.

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Paints and coatings have long been recognized to provide both protection and aesthetic appeal. But paints and coatings aren’t just inactive surface coverings; they are indispensable products that extend the useful life of everyday objects by acting as a protective barrier.

Just a thin coating or layer of paint — no more than a few thousandths of an inch — can provide protection from degradation like corrosion, abrasion, high or low temperatures, chemicals and ultraviolet rays, moisture, and microbes, amongst a host of aggressive or destructive conditions.

 

While often overlooked, coatings do a tremendous job of preserving the things that are a part of our daily lives. Coatings not only preserve our cars and homes, they also preserve the bridges we drive across and the tunnels through which we travel.

 

Coatings help protect our environment too, in ways you wouldn’t imagine, they save energy by keeping buildings cooler, play an integral part in the use of wind energy, contribute to reductions in CO2 emissions, and keep machinery out of landfills.

These environmental advances are possible because coatings perform well under varied conditions, making sustainability not only possible but efficient. High performance coatings lead to a longer useful service life before re-application, this maximizes environmental benefits while minimizing ecological burdens.


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