As a commercial property owner or manager, you certainly want your building to look its best. But this also means that you have a lot on your plate when it comes to maintenance.
Regularly inspecting and painting a property are two key elements necessary to ensure an effective and functional building maintenance program. In addition to making old buildings look new again and conveying certain images to the public, painting commercial buildings will add an effective barrier against the elements.
If you’re planning to repaint your building any time soon, here are some essential considerations that can help you make your commercial painting project successful.
Type of Paint
When choosing paint, you can find two main types of products: oil-based and water-based coatings.
Also known as “alkyd” or “solvent-based,” oil-based paints contain a high amount of solvents. As a result, they cure and dry through oxidation, which turns the oil into a uniform polymer film. The film will harden into a resilient, long-lasting layer that can easily withstand the damaging effects of condensation, high relative humidity levels and rainwater.
As opposed to oil-based coatings, water-based paints—also referred to as acrylic latex paints—use water as the carrier for pigments instead of solvents. Since these coating systems dry through evaporation, they dry faster than oil-based paints even in the humid climate of Florida. In addition, advances in paint technology have made water-based coatings equal to their oil-based equivalents, particularly in terms of performance and durability.
Given that oil-based paints take longer to dry, contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which are potentially hazardous for both the environment and human health, and have a strong odor that often persists long after the application, water-based paints are usually the preferred choice for painting commercial buildings, where applicable.
When choosing interior and exterior paint for your commercial building, remember that high-gloss coatings tend to resist dirt and mildew better and are easier to clean than flat finishes.
Fading paint is one of the biggest factors you should consider before opting for certain shades. Here in Jacksonville, buildings get direct sun exposure most of the year. Therefore, opting for lighter colors is a good idea in order to avoid painting commercial buildings too often.
To better protect your assets against rainwater and wind, carefully assess your building after a hurricane or storm to see if it can benefit from the extra protection offered by waterproofing coating systems.
When painting commercial buildings, appearance and functionality are very important, but so is the bottom line. Depending on the quality of materials and workmanship, the price of painting a building can vary greatly from one contractor to another. Thus, knowing how much a paint job costs can be a good indicator of what you’ll get. Requesting a painting estimate from the Jacksonville painting contractor you intend to hire can also be very helpful for budgeting reasons.
Applying paint to get an aesthetically pleasant, impervious and durable paint film is quite difficult in Jacksonville’s hot and humid weather. For professional results, you need a team of knowledgeable, skillful and experienced Jacksonville commercial painters, just like Performance Painting Contractors.
We’re proud to say that our Florida commercial painters can handle any small or large painting projects, including painting commercial buildings, with minimal disruption. Besides the technical know-how, we also have the manpower, equipment, qualifications, licenses and insurance necessary to offer all of our customers the best painting experience possible. Performance Painting Contractors can help you achieve your painting goals, whatever they might be.