Tips for Painting a Commercial Building

Your commercial building isn’t just a storage container for your business—it’s also the first thing your clients and customers will see. If you want to make a great first impression, a painted and well-maintained commercial building is crucial. However, this means that making smart decisions and understanding the scope of the project are just as important. With this in mind, we’ve put together our best tips for painting a commercial building, whether you’re overseeing the project or are considering doing it yourself:

  • Determine what you want to tackle: Painting a commercial building requires specialized equipment and skills, so you probably won’t want to try to handle the job yourself. You’ll probably end up spending as much on equipment as you would on a contractor, and the job can be dangerous to boot. However, whether you’re doing it yourself or hiring a contractor, you’ll need to think about the scope of the project. Which buildings do you want painted, which parts and how?
  • Research and test different color choices: Depending on the type of commercial building you’re painting, you might be bound to a certain color, or you may prefer to research which colors are best for your particular industry. There is plenty of marketing research indicating that your color choice will make or break your first impression, so choose carefully.
  • Research and interview contractors: If you’re hiring a contractor, your next step should be to find a few local companies and interview them. Ask for a quote on your project and get an estimated timeline. Word of mouth from other commercial building owners can prove to be invaluable here, but if you’re in a pinch, review sites like Yelp and Google Reviews and organizations like the Better Business Bureau can be of assistance.
  • Look for environmentally-safe paint: Many companies these days are committed to making greener choices. Using environmentally-safe paint is not only good for the planet, but it’s often less of a safety hazard than standard paint.
  • Have your building sandblasted or power washed: Next, you’ll need to prep your building for painting. Two of the best methods for this are either sandblasting or power washing the building. Both help remove dirt, grime, rust and debris from the building, giving you a smooth surface for the paint to adhere to. Some painting companies, like Great Western Painting, also offer sandblasting services.
  • Choose the contractor and get started: Finally, if you’re not going through a company that provides both sandblasting and painting services, you’ll choose your painting contractor (or get the supplies and equipment to do it yourself) and get started.

Painting a commercial building is a major project, so it’s important to find a contractor that understands your needs. Take the time to do your research and interview multiple companies so you have a better idea of what to expect.

For more tips on how to paint a commercial building, or to schedule painting or sandblasting services, get in touch with the team at Great Western Painting. No matter the size and scope of your project, we can pull it off.

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