Painting your commercial building should be a central part of your strategy for keeping the complex attractive and profitable. The color of a building is a major part of what makes it desirable as a place of business. How often you repaint the building will impact its overall market value.
But repainting a commercial building is a demanding project. As Haas Management explains, it will disrupt the normal operation of your business and the daily routine of your tenants. How you handle the disruptions that accompany this project will have long-term effects on the stability of your business.
Moreover, painting a commercial dwelling is not cheap. Without careful planning, costs will spiral out of control, and spending a lot of money on the project does not automatically guarantee success. To succeed with the project, you must be intentional with every aspect of it.
This means being aware of the many dimensions of commercial building painting projects as elaborated in this post. But first, why should you keep the paint on the walls of a commercial building fresh?
Reasons to paint your commercial building
- Repainting a building is the most affordable way to upgrade its appearance. But the positive impact of this relatively cheap upgrade is unquantifiable.
- Repainting your building affords you the opportunity to do a thorough inspection of its physical structures and repair the damage to surfaces.
- A recently painted building is more attractive to businesses; repainting the premises will help attract new tenants and retain old ones.
- An attractive ambiance will draw more customers to the businesses that are located inside the building.
Tips for Painting Your Building
1. Planning: scope, timing, duration, and budget
- How much can you reasonably spend on the project? Beyond the cost of materials and labor, the schedule for painting the building will influence the cost.
- The scope of the project is the primary factor that determines your costs. Will you be painting the exterior only? Or does the project include the interior?
- Project duration is another important factor because it determines the level of disruption tenants have to endure. This is very important if you also intend to paint the interior.
- Timing is about the specific time of day or year you choose for the project. Weather conditions may interfere with your ability to finish on time or even do a good job. You may also want to do the work after business hours.
1. Finding the right contractor
The contractor you choose for the project can be an ally if they provide valuable guidance. Choose your contractor based on the following:
- The contractor must have experience with painting commercial buildings and a track record of doing quality jobs. This information should be verifiable via their licensing and references.
- They should have adequate insurance and be bonded. This will protect you against financial losses.
- They must have all the required equipment for painting commercial buildings.
- They should have a reputation for safety, both in terms of the equipment they use and the use of non-toxic paint. They should also have safety protocols for the protection of people in the building.
4. Painting tips for a quality finish
- The quality of the paint job partly depends on the additional work you do before painting the building. Thinks like restoration work, siding replacement, and repair of concrete works all count. Doing these will add to the cost of the project but will also help you get more from the job.
- Proper surface preparation is unavoidable. Surface preparation determines the longevity of paint; it influences how well paint adheres to surfaces. Poor surface preparation will lead to premature paint failure. Surface preparation can take up as much as 25%-40% of the total time spent in painting the building.
- In addition to preparing surfaces, the contractor must prepare the area. Failure to do this will result in costly damage to materials and items in the vicinity of the surface being painted. This is one reason to check with the references a contractor provides; ask about how well they protect an area before painting.
- Finally, always go with a primer. It protects your walls and prolongs the life of your paint. Furthermore, it will keep the existing color of the wall from interfering with the new paint and also help the contractor achieve a better result.
The colors you use for the building are probably the most important part of painting the building. Your paint colors determine if you get the most out of the project or not. Here are things to consider when choosing colors:
- If the building houses mainly businesses such as law firms, use a neutral color palette
- If the tenants are mostly retail stores or beauty salons, use a bold color palette
- If in doubt, ask a color consultant; they can help you choose the best colors based on the specifics of your building and the types of tenants you have
If you’re looking for the best of the best, don’t wait. Contact The Painting Company of Birmingham to schedule a free estimate. Our dedicated team will do everything they can to get your building looking better than new as quickly and affordably as possible.