Property Managers Introduction to Commercial Painting

If you’re a property manager you probably know your buildings better than anyone. While you are the expert about your building, you might not be an expert on commercial painting and best practices. If you’re not a commercial painting expert, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’re going to cover all the major areas that property managers should know about commercial painting.

What Types of Businesses Need Commercial Painting?

The types of businesses that are categorized as ‘commercial’ and include retail, office and HOA buildings, schools, community centers, doctors’ offices, retirement communities, apartment buildings, condominiums, and more.

For commercial properties, it can be a challenge to know which type of paint is right. Commercial painting projects can sometimes be similar to residential projects, especially if the space is small. However, most commercial projects require more paint, equipment, painters, and organization. The type of paint used in commercial applications is different as well.

How Do You Paint a Commercial Building?

Commercial buildings have a specific process of preparation and painting which requires specialized knowledge. It starts with properly preparing the surfaces. The surfaces should be properly prepared according to the surface material whether it’s metal, wood, or something else. These steps are critical for the new paint to properly bond to the surface, look good, and last.

Equipment used on commercial paint projects is unique. You’ll see paint sprayers, sandblasters, and aerial lifts. Experienced commercial painters will be familiar with working with different materials like wood, metal, marble, and using industrial-grade primers and paints.

How Often Should A Building Be Painted?

There are multiple factors that go into determining when you should paint your commercial building. For a well-maintained interior, you should probably repaint every three years. Interior timelines differ from the exterior due to the type of paint used and weather conditions. On average an exterior paint job can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years depending on weather and building orientation.

How Do You Prepare for a Commercial Painting Project?

The first step is getting an inspection to ensure your building is up to code before beginning any job painting job. You might discover some areas that need repairs. Ensuring your electricity, plumbing, and any damages are repaired first will keep your painting project on schedule. Other preparations include notifying employees that work will be done on the building and give them an expected timeline for completion.

How Long Does a Commercial Painting Project Take?

Every painting project whether residential or commercial is unique. If you’re in the market for a new exterior or interior paint, we can help. We use the highest quality paints from Benjamin Moore and Sherwin-Williams to ensure you get a finish that looks great and lasts. Call today and tell us about your project. 

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