Pavel Rombakh Shares Top Tips and Advice On Choosing Paint That Regulates Home Temperatures
General contractor Pavel Rombakh said he has recently seen interest in thermal insulating paints, paint that is made to reduce heat transfer. When clients ask about whether they should choose this paint for the interior or exterior of their homes, he gives the general information on the subject so they can choose what is best. Here’s what Pavel Rombakh tells his clients.
- The idea for thermal insulating paint originated with NASA because they wanted to protect their space shuttle from extreme heat. The paint, which creates a heat barrier, has developed from there and become available to consumers. It is either sold as its own paint or as a powdered paint additive that can be mixed with regular paint, allowing for a greater selection of paint colors. There are many brands that offer these paints, according to Pavel Rombakh.
- Pavel Rombakh warned that the technology of thermal insulating paint is still new, so there hasn’t been a great deal of testing done on its effectiveness and efficiency. Small tests that have been conducted have suggested the paint may be effective in reducing the cost of energy for a home. EnergyIdeas Clearinghouse reported that the paint reduced heat gain by approximately 20 percent when fully exposed to the sun.
- In order for paint to be at its most effective, the side of the house that faces the sun should be painted with thermal insulating paint. This will ensure the paint’s potential to capture heat is maximized, according to Pavel Rombakh.
- There is more to saving energy and reducing heat transfer than just the type of paint you use. It’s important to have good home insulation in walls and ceilings and energy-efficient doors and windows in the home. Paint alone will not make much of a difference, but in combination with other best insulation practices, as recommended by a general contractor, Pavel Rombakh said it can be a helpful addition.
- It’s important to choose a brand of paint suited for the environment it will be in, whether indoors or outdoors, said Pavel Rombakh. The additive is an insulating powder that can be stirred into your preferred brand of paint and it blends in smoothly. Insulating paint is not cheap, however, and sells for around $50 a gallon. The paint can be used on exterior or interior walls, storage sheds, playhouses or other paintable surfaces you wish to cool down.