Commercial Painting vs. Residential: How to Know What You Need

Thursday, March 27, 2014

A lot of people wonder what the difference between commercial painting and residential painting is, and the answer may surprise you. When you are first looking for a painting company to tackle your painting project, the commercial and residential companies may look very similar. But if you dig a bit deeper there are a few very important questions to ask before you take the plunge.

What material are you painting?  Contractors who focus solely on residential painting projects will have experience primarily with homes and other living spaces, while commercial contractors work more with businesses. This means that residential painters will work best with materials used in home-building like wood and siding. Commercial painting contractors, on the other hand, may have wider experience with a range of materials including stucco, concrete, metal and all of the typical materials used for homes.

How big is your project?  As you may already know, a business is often much larger than a home, which means that a commercial job will require more complex planning and manpower than a residential job. Commercial painting companies will be ready to complete larger jobs and come equipped with all the materials and equipment to do so. Even more, they will also likely have staff dedicated solely to the planning and organization of your project, ready to coordinate with other contractors and get the job done within your deadline.

What is your timeline?  This can be a vital question to ask, as most residential painting contractors will only work during daylight hours Monday through Friday. This can be problematic for businesses who are open to their own customers at the same time. The best commercial contractors will be prepared to adapt to fit your schedule and have the right equipment to work at night and on the weekends.

What supplies will be needed to complete your project? You may not know the answer to this, but a successful commercial painting company will. Business and other buildings with a lot of traffic may require more durable paint or other protective coatings in order to withstand more wear and tear than a residential home or living space. A commercial painter will know everything you need and be ready to provide it.

Do you need more services than just painting?  Commercial painting contractors usually offer different services than residential painting contractors. Their services may cover a wider range of your needs such as epoxy flooring or coating, sandblasting, power washing or surface preparation. Depending on your facility, a commercial painting company may be able to meet many of your demands without you having to look for multiple contractors.

Tex Pro Painters is a painting company that specializes in commercial and industrial painting. We serve the Dallas / Fort Worth area and beyond. We are ready to tackle your project regardless of complexity or timeline and we guarantee that you will be satisfied the first time, every time. See our commercial painting services online or call us at (817) 962-0551 or (214) 521-3100 today.