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Benefits and Uses of Penetrating Stains and Sealants Applied by Professional Painting Contractor in MA

How these Products Enhance Commercial Spaces

A variety of stains, varnishes, polyurethanes, and epoxy coatings exist which offer a lasting finish that provides a number of benefits for your institution or place of business. Whether you are looking to revamp your interiors with complementary hues and penetrating sealers, or have a warehouse that needs to withstand the ruggedness of your business, Franca Services has the tools and product knowledge to see that your project is a complete success. We have been a top commercial painting contractor in Massachusetts for more than a decade, and our experts are happy to help you select the right products for your project according to the location of the areas to be treated and their function.


stains paint company in massachusettsStains generally enhance the grain of the wood and emphasize the random contrasts of their natural beauty, while protecting the wood surface. The most common types of stains are: semitransparent and semisolid. Typically, semitransparent stains are good for applying over bare wood and many previously stained, but not sealed, woods. Exterior stains are frequently used on wood siding and shingles, outdoor structures and furniture, and patios and decks such as those often found at restaurants and hotels, and apartment complexes. Interior stains are used to enhance cabinets and other woodwork, and they come in either pigmented or dye categories. An oil or polyurethane finish can be combined with the stain, so the staining and finishing can occur in one simple step.


Polyurethanes are not commonly recommended for outside use because they tend to yellow and crack when exposed to UV light unless a light absorber is added to the product to make it more durable. Polyurethanes are highly suggested for interior uses similar to those of varnishes because of the advanced level of protection they provide concerning water resistance and heavy use, which is essential in highly trafficked commercial areas like country golf clubs and assisted living facilities. Because polyurethane is extremely resilient, available in high gloss or matte finishes, and is offered in a wide array of colors and uses, it has rapidly become one of the most accepted surface finishes for both residential and commercial painting projects around Boston.


Varnish is a blend of resins and oils that coat the wood’s surface giving it a transparent, protective veneer that allows the attractiveness of the wood to show through. Many types of varnish are available, and they can leave a glossy, semi-gloss, or satin finish depending on their formulation. These products are ideal for applications upon bookcases, cabinetry, shelves, doors, and casings, and your commercial painting contractor in MA will help you choose the right varnishes from a wide selection that includes Low VOC/Zero VOC and Eco-friendly green products. Varnishes fall into four categories, divided by their base: polyurethane, latex, alkyd, or phenolic. Phenolic varnishes deliver exceptional performance in terms of resilience, especially in exterior uses. Alkyd varnishes present flexibility and resistance in both interior and exterior uses, but oxidize more quickly when used on exterior surfaces. Latex varnishes are fast drying, water-based coatings, and they combine polymers with acrylic polymers or urethanes. Some acrylic-based varnishes are heavy duty enough for use on hardwood floors and will preserve their attractiveness for years to come.


Two-component epoxy is an indispensable element among spaces and facilities where cleanliness is not an option. This nearly indestructible material can be used on walls, ceilings, and floors to create a seamless transition where walls meet their counterparts. Essentially, this eases cleanup within commercial enterprises that require frequent cleaning such as colleges and schools, and hospitals. Because of its variety of uses and benefits, many restaurants and hotels request epoxy coatings inside their commercial kitchens and as a surface finish for bars and countertops to resist water and food stains. For most commercial settings, nothing beats epoxy flooring and coating installations, especially within warehouses, where high traffic work conditions constantly threaten the integrity of your interiors. Epoxy can handle extreme temperature changes, heavy machinery, repeated cleaning, and caustic chemicals while retaining its attractive qualities and corrosion protection. Epoxy is extremely difficult to apply properly, which is why you should only count on a professional painting contractor in Massachusetts to handle all your resinous coating needs.