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Commercial Painting Overview

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Commercial painting is an important part of any facilities maintenance plan. It helps keep a building looking fresh and inviting while protecting the structure from damage, with minimal expense.

A commercial painter can offer the following services:

• All Phases of Prep Work
• Interior Painting – including walls, window casings, base moldings, ceilings, doors and door trim, cabinets, wainscoting, chair rails, and even floors.
• Exterior Painting – using commercial grade paint.
• Preserving
• Sealing
• Caulking
• Clean Up Work

Benefits of Hiring a Commercial Painter

Although most facilities staff could probably paint a room or two in a pinch, for a professional and lasting finish, it's best to leave the painting up to the professionals. Here are some benefits to hiring a commercial painter:

• A professional painter knows how to prep the surface before painting.
• Commercial painters know what paints to use for what surfaces – and what brushes!
• Hiring a commercial painter saves you and your staff time and energy.
• They use low odor (low VOC) paints to allow normal business operations to continue without interruption.
• Practice does make perfect! Commercial painters have many, many hours of painting experience under their belts. Their lines are straight, they can even apply coats and their work is lasting.

How to Hire a Painting Contractor

• Ask for referrals. Talk to other facilities managers about whom they use for their commercial painting needs.
• Do your research! If you're hiring someone off the internet, once you narrow your selection, ask your contractor for referrals. A qualified painting contractor will have many to share!
• The cheapest bid is not always the best price. Keep this in mind – what looks like the best bid ends up costing more in both time and money, not to mention stress and frustration.
• Are they state licensed? In the state of Florida, it's best to make sure your commercial painter is more than a handyman. You want a state licensed contractor. If your handyman does any damage to your facility, you will not have any recourse.

How You Can Help Your Painting Contractor

Although some commercial painting contractors will do all the prep work, there are some things you can do to make their job easier, less time-consuming, and less expensive. For example:

• Take everything out. Clear away furniture, throw rugs, lamps, and any other knickknacks that can be easily moved – or accidentally damaged. Bigger pieces of furniture can usually be left in a room, moved to the center and covered.
• Dust base boards, door jambs, sweep floors and remove any bulk debris.
• Remove doors, light fixtures, and outlet covers.

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Source by M McHale