As a property manager, you know your buildings better than anyone. You understand that your building, whether it’s an office building, a community center or HOA building, a retirement village, or a school, has characteristics that make it unique as far as upkeep, repairs, and maintenance.

While you are the expert about your building, you may not know everything there is to know about commercial painting. This is especially true when it comes to knowing how best to proceed when your building needs a painting update.

If you’re curious about the types of questions other Houston property managers have asked while going through this process, here are a few of the most commonly asked questions about commercial painting, and answers to those commercial painting questions from the experts.

What types of businesses need commercial painting?

For businesses small and large, it may be tricky to define exactly what types of businesses need a commercial paint job rather than a quick coat from your local hardware store. In general, there is more involved with a commercial project and more people impacted by a commercial painting project, so the scale is larger.

Whether the painting project is residential, commercial, or industrial, your painting contractor, if they’re professional and do the job right, will follow strict professional painting guidelines. The Painting Contractors Association (PCA) puts forth 25 Individual PCA Standards as guidelines for all professional painters to follow.

The types of businesses that are categorized as ‘commercial’ and therefore require commercial painting services include retail, office and HOA buildings, schools of all levels, community centers, doctors offices, retirement communities, apartment buildings, condominiums, sports complexes, and those with similar characteristics to these types of buildings.

Commercial painting projects can sometimes be similar to residential painting projects, especially if the commercial space is small. When a commercial space is not small, the primary difference is that a commercial project (most often larger), requires more paint, equipment, and painters, and more organization to deal with these requirements. The secondary difference is that the types of paint used on the walls, trim, doors, and other surfaces, may be different. Take a look at the Sherwin-Williams CommercialPRO page, which is focused on “application techniques, valuable business building tips, and information about the latest coatings innovations” for commercial buildings.

Commercial painting projects are similar to residential painting projects in that the look and feel of the paint color and finish is a particularly important factor. In addition, the commercial painting process is often more complicated than a residential painting project because usage needs must be addressed. There are certain steps that must be taken in order to ensure a quality finish that will last and stand up to your building’s needs.

The biggest difference to note between the different types of painting projects is that while both residential and commercial painting projects to some degree focus on appearance, (how the paint color and finish makes inhabitants feel), industrial painting projects are more focused on the function of the paint, meaning the paint’s use and durability.

Commercial painting How do you paint a commercial building?

Commercial buildings have a specific process of preparation and painting which requires expert knowledge. Starting with cleaning surfaces, removing paint, and preparing surfaces, professionals take time to ensure these steps are done properly. These steps are crucial for paint to bind to surfaces as designed.

The equipment used for commercial buildings is specialized for these types of buildings. From paint sprayers to sandblasters, to aerial lifts, professional painters come ready to complete your job with all the right tools. Commercial painters also need to be experienced in working with different materials such as plastics, wood, metal, marble, and other unique parts of your building that need industrial-grade primers, paints, and stains.

How often should a building be painted?

There are quite a few factors that go into determining when you should paint your commercial building. For well-maintained interiors, it is recommended to repaint every 3 years.

Interior timelines also differ from exterior painting due to our climate and weather. Surfaces with direct sunlight will age more quickly than those with shaded areas. On average, Houston building owners should plan to repaint their exterior every 5-10 years.

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How do you prepare for a commercial painting project?

For any building updates and projects, there are a few steps that you can take to prepare for your project. Professional painters like to stay on schedule just as much as you like your building back to working order.

It is important to have an inspection to ensure your building is up to code before beginning any painting job. By doing so, you may discover areas that need repairs. Ensuring your electricity, plumbing, and any damage is repaired ahead of time will only help ensure that the painting process stays on track.

Other preparations, including notifying employees that work will be done on the building and the expected timeline for completion, help your team prepare for the change in routine. To help move the process along, you and the regular building inhabitants can also put away or store offsite any items in your space which may be fragile or require protection.

How long does a commercial painting project take?

Every painting project is unique and runs on its own timeline. While many professional painters can work to fit your schedule and timeline, they will emphasize a quality product with a timeline to match.

The size of your project will also determine the size of the crew your contractor will send out to complete the job, all while making sure that it is done with excellence in mind.

Our company has served Houston, Woodlands, Spring, and Conroe commercial businesses since 1948. Our team of professional painters brings over 25 years of experience with customer service as our top priority. Our eye for craftsmanship is set to exceed expectations on each project we take on.

For commercial painting projects, we provide an estimator and project manager for every project no matter the size. Our crew size meets the needs of your building so you can get back to business as usual as soon as possible.

Contact our team at Streamline Painting to get a no-contact, no-cost estimate for your Commercial Building painting project.