The overall appearance of your commercial property, especially its paint job, is very important. An outstanding paint job will leave a positive first impression that will encourage buyers and tenants to come back to your business again and again. If you're considering painting, here are some tips you can use to ensure you get the most out of your investment.
- Determine the scope of the project. Planning for the project should be your first priority, especially if it will affect your operation or staff. How disruptive will it be? Will you need movers to tear down and move furniture? Does the work need to be done after hours? Is this a good time to replace your flooring? Whereas for many companies never is a good time, for some it may be during a historically slow period, or on a weekend, or perhaps over a holiday. Take time to consider what you want to do and its impact on your particular business, then move forward once you have a grip on this.
- Consider your budget. Of course, the cost is almost always an issue, so determine what your budget is for the scope you would like. In securing estimates, have the contractor give you some cost options, maybe breaking down various areas and listing them separately. In this way you can choose the areas that fit the amount you wish to spend.
One other recommendation: don’t go cheap. You will get what you pay for. Use a painting contractor with a good reputation and a history of satisfied customers. They are not always the least expensive, but they have been around for a while for a reason.
- Pick your colors. Color is everything. It can cheer or depress, attract or detract, enhance productivity or hinder it. What is the look and feel you are after? Do you need help? A good contractor may well be able to help you make the right decision; if not, he or she might be able to refer you to a designer who can assist you. Too, you can request color samples--even having color swatches painted on your wall. Realize the paint color(s) you choose can make the difference between your property standing out or looking dull.
- Use the right paint. Not all paints are created equal, and all have qualities that can positively affect the quality and longevity of the finished product. In most commercial environments the current standard is a good quality commercial grade water-based eggshell finish. These are typically easy to clean, resist burnishing and dirt, and have a pleasant sheen. That said, in high traffic areas, a semi-gloss enamel might be a better fit, or even a gloss epoxy (depending on the area). Avoid flat paints as they are usually not washable and will soil easily--an exception this would be the newer ceramic-based flats. These products look and perform great, with almost no angular shine.
- Keep everyone safe. The safety and well-being of your employees and customers must be number one in any endeavor. Be sure to use a contractor with a proven safety record and one with an active safety program. If you plan to have the work done during normal daytime hours when people are present in your facility, ask to have zero VOC paint products used. If your facility requires the use of professional-use only products, such as urethanes or epoxies, allow for adequate ventilation or have the work done off hours. Furthermore, if the work requires the contractor to utilize ladders or aerial lifts, keep the area clear of people while the work is being done. Accidents happen, but they can be prevented if proper products and procedures are used.
Will you need additional services? To make your commercial property really stand out, besides a new paint job, you may consider added services such as a new door or window, new flooring, wall covering, or floor coating. On exteriors it could include caulking, pressure washing, removing old, failed paint (stripping), or wood restoration work.
- Choose a reputable contractor. When it comes down to starting a painting project, hiring a competent and trustworthy contractor will be the deciding factor between success and failure. Here at T. L. Hart, our passion is to serve you, that's why we do whatever it takes to get the job done with outstanding results. Our employees are carefully screened, trained in safety and customer service, and are capable of meeting the specific requirements of your commercial property. If you're ready to work with us, give us a call or go online at www.tlhart.com and we'll provide you with you a free, detailed estimate on your painting project today!