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7 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Commercial Painting Contractor

Updated on March 15, 2015

1. How Do I Choose the Right Commercial Painting Contractor?

Begin by checking customer reviews and looking for testimonials on the company’s website. However, you need to dig a bit deeper to separate the wheat from the chaff:

  • Find out if a company is insured, licensed, and bonded.
  • Only choose a company that has been in business for years, has awards, and has earned a good rating with the Better Business Bureau.
  • The best organizations have training programs in place to guarantee a constant flow of high-quality employees.
  • The contractor should offer at least a two-year warranty on its work and not just the materials used.

2. How Do I Know When I Need a Commercial Contractor?

The last thing you want is to need a commercial contractor when there are obvious flaws in the appearance of your business. Check the walls and ceilings of the interior and exterior of your premises for the following:

  • Cracks: Cracked paint peels off and allows the elements to wreak havoc with the material beneath the surface.
  • Chalking: If you find that a fine powder rubs off easily on your hand from painted materials like stucco, you have a case of chalking to deal with, and without intervention it can result in faded color and a damaged surface.
  • Blisters: This is noticeable when the paint begins to peel off and bubble.
  • Mildew: Check for black or gray spots, as these can result in flaked or peeling paint.

3. How Do I Find a ‘Green’ Commercial Contractor?

Almost all commercial contractors use low-volatile organic compound (VOC) paint. Top paint manufacturers, such as Sherwin Williams, sell low-VOC paint on a large scale, and professionals only use paints from these brands. Low-VOC paint is highly desirable, as it causes less pollution and is less likely to be harmful due to exposure.

4. How Does the Paint Bond to the Surface Correctly?

A primer needs to be added before the first coat of paint is applied. Primer prevents stains and imperfections in the surface’s deeper layers from showing through in the paint. It also makes the paint seem more vibrant and bright. Professionals like to mix a small amount of primer with the paint before application when painting over a dark surface with a lighter paint; the paint and primer must both be of the same type (oil or latex, for example) for this to work.

5. Is Climate Important for Commercial Jobs?

Commercial contractors only paint in temperatures ranging from 60 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. If it’s too cold, for example, the paint won’t dry fast enough. Contractors don’t paint outside when it rains, because the paint will be diluted, or if it is too windy, because dirt could blow onto the paint.

6. How Is the Surface Prepared?

Commercial contractors have quick and easy ways to make the surface perfect for paint application. They usually begin by sanding the surface to get rid of chipped paint before thoroughly washing it with a solution of water and bleach or trisodium phosphate (TSP). Finally, they use a special acrylic-latex caulk to fill in any cracks. Once all of the above is done, a primer is added, and they can get to work once this dries.

7. What Paint Is Used?

Reputable contractors use paint from Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams, and others. Using cheap paint could lead to serious problems later on as it cracks, bubbles, and peels. As a result, you’ll need the surface repainted, which means more expense and disruption for your business.


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