Beauty is famously in the eye of the beholder. However, a façade that is discoloured from dust or exhaust fumes not only looks aesthetically unappealing, it also favours the growth of micro-organisms in the long term. Why not begin by using a façade paint that delivers optimal protection and an attractive appearance?
Near Munich city centre lies the district of Neuhausen-Nymphenburg. The link to the A8 autobahn and part of the central ring road mean that the area has high levels of traffic passing through it. Exhaust fumes not only pollute the air, they can also disfigure facades. And the problem is by no means superficial: the discolouration of the building façade can lead to an increase in micro-organisms in the longer term. Because dirt, as well as algae, moss and mould, form a nourishing habitat for organisms. If the micro-organisms succeed in entering the interior of the building, this is a health hazard for the inhabitants.
When it came to the renovation of a single-family house in the Munich district of Neuhausen-Nymphenburg, it was therefore swiftly apparent to Andreas Kopetz, Specialist Sales Consultant at Dörken, which product he could recommend to customer Andreas Haunfeller for the façade of the building. “Lucite® Silico Tec offers optimal protection against soiling and is also optically appealing thanks to its mineral, matt surface appearance.” The façade paint has a silicon resin base and therefore delivers a lotus effect. This means that dust and grime find it hard or even impossible to adhere to the façade. At the same time, silicon resin paint is highly water repellent and impermeable to water vapour, preventing the permeation of dampness and consequent formation of algae, moss and mould. “A further advantage is that this façade paint can be tinted in many different shades,” says Andreas Kopetz. “As a result, the house was painted an even, attractive beige colour, whilst the window framing and corner columns were highlighted in white.” A real eye-catcher!