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About FCI Painting

FCI Painting Corp. is a full-service painting, pressure washing, and property maintenance company serving Naples, Florida and nearby Southwest Florida communities for more than 20 years. We are proud of our reputation for exceptional results – when you hire FCI painters you can be certain that your project is being serviced by experienced & highly skilled craftsmen who have built a great reputation across Naples, Bonita Springs, Fort Myers and Marco Island, Florida.

Prep Your Home or Business for the Upcoming Hurricane Season

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Irma—the costliest hurricane in Florida history—is still fresh in the minds of many Southwest Florida residents, it’s time to look to the future as another hurricane season is set to begin on June 1. Initial forecasts are calling for another active season, with Colorado State University’s Department of Atmospheric Science Tropical Meteorology Program predicting 14 named storms, seven hurricanes, and three major hurricanes of Category 3 or greater strength.

We can’t stop Mother Nature, but homeowners and business operators can take pre-storm season measures that may help mitigate potential damages caused by any tropical storms that hit our state in the months to come.

Water Intrusion and Wind: Biggest Pre-Storm Season Factors to Consider

Wind damage from hurricanes generally causes the most storm-related damage, but water and flood damage represents the most costly damage. That said, they generally cause damage in conjunction with each other during tropical storms. While outright flooding of your premises or business can be catastrophic, even water intrusion that seeps into your home or business due to heavy rain and wind can start causing damage at the foundation or between interior and exterior walls. Heavy winds can rip out or damage asphalt shingles, shake, clay tiles and even metal roofing, allowing subsequent rainfall to leak directly into your home or business.

The walls themselves are also at risk from wind-driven water intrusion, especially in those areas where the walls meet window casings, pipes, joints, roofing, foundations or any place that needs caulking. Stucco and wood walls should also have a decent coat of paint or other sealant, as storm driven water can seep into gaps or cracks and ultimately lead to dry rot in wood or de-lamination in stucco.

What to Inspect for Hurricane Season Preparation

At a minimum, homeowners and business operators should inspect the following elements of their homes and commercial buildings:

  • • Roof—start at the top by conducting a full inspection of your roof no matter what the roofing material. Check to make sure that there are no loose shingles or tiles, or, if a metal roof, loose fasteners. Also check the condition of flashing and any sealants around stacks, skylights and chimneys.
  • • Gutters—clean your gutters and make sure that there is no debris clogging the down spouts.
  • • Walls—Whether wood, stucco or concrete, check the condition of your paint or sealant. If you see peeling, bubbling or cracking on wooden walls, you may want to consider repainting those damaged areas, or consider a complete paint job if the damage is extensive. Stucco and concrete can typically show some signs of cracking, but if large or extensive, such areas may need patching and sealing.
  • •Windows and doors—inspect windows and doors to make sure they properly seal and replace any worn out weather stripping.
  • • Caulking—old, cracked worn out caulking should be removed and replaced with high quality urethane caulk.

FCI Painting Has Expertise with Pre-Storm Mitigation

FCI Painting offers a slate of after-storm clean-up and repair services, however this Naples, Florida-based business also provides a full range of pre-storm season measures designed to protect your home from the ravages of nature. We conduct intrusion inspections of homes and businesses, and, as a fully licensed contractor with more than 20 years of dedicated service in southwest Florida, can resolve most issues that could prove compromising in the event of a tropical storm. To learn how FCI Painting can help you prepare your home or business for the coming hurricane season, contact us today online, or give us a call at (239) 435-1001.

Commercial Painting Far More Complex Than Residential

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If asked to name the biggest difference between commercial and residential painting jobs, most people would likely respond with “scope of the project.” And while most commercial painting projects tend to be larger than residential jobs, there are numerous other factors that also set the two apart.

Naturally, project scope drives some of these differentiating factors. For example, the bigger commercial paint project generally drives the need for a much larger painting crew, along with more hands-on management. To varying degrees, it can also necessitate the need for more specialized equipment.

Such factors are also driven by the issue of time, as commercial businesses generally want to limit disruptions to their business as much as possible. Thus, a commercial paint job needs to proceed as quickly as possible and paint crews, unlike for most residential jobs, need to be able to work at all hours and on weekends, when called for.

In short, four men with paint, brushes, rollers and ladders might be sufficient for a two-story residential paint job but will certainly not work effectively for a 50,000-square-foot shopping plaza. The latter will undoubtedly need a much larger crew, along with commercial grade painting equipment such as gas-powered airless sprayers that can apply paint at up to two gallons per minute; specialized spray tips and extension wands; and scaffolding and/or boom or scissor lifts for the exterior work.

Project Preparation Needs Mark Another Key Difference

The prep work needed in advance of a commercial painting project presents much more of a challenge than prepping for a residential job. Naturally, building size and timing issues play a significant role in the prep work, as both need to be considered in determining what gets painted and when, in conjunction with figuring out how to conduct the overall job with the least disruption possible.

But numerous other issues also need to be addressed prior to any first application of paint. Commercial buildings are often constructed from different materials than residential buildings and have a greater variety in the surfaces that might need painting. This can necessitate the consideration of special industrial-strength paints and coatings and require more specialized surface preparation. Prep work also involves determinations about furniture/equipment moving; compromised surface material repair or replacement; pre-paint treatment by cleaning, power washing or sand blasting; floor coatings; faux-finishing; and electrostatic painting.

Businesses Should Also Account for Bureaucratic Considerations

While anyone with some paint and a brush can paint a residence, businesses need to take greater account of city, county and state regulations. Commercial properties generally represent more risk, and thus are subject to more rules and regulations designed to protect the public and mitigate risk. In general, this means that businesses should hire commercial painting companies that:

  • have a general contracting license
  • are fully insured
  • operate heavy machinery that has been OSHA certified
  • have a proven record of following OSHA safety requirements

With more than 20 years of commercial painting experience, FCI Painting has extensive experience painting stores, restaurants, cafes, malls, office buildings, warehouses, garages, and all types of commercial structures built in Naples, Florida. As a fully insured and licensed contractor, FCI painting is adept at helping existing business owners refurbish their facilities, and coordinates closely with contractors and other craftsman in the development of new commercial buildings. To learn more about how FCI Painting can help you with your commercial building painting needs, contact us today, or give us a call at (239) 435-1001.

Let FCI Painting Help You Guide Commercial Paint Color Choice

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Even though building codes in southwest Florida narrow the range of possible paint colors business owners can apply to their commercial buildings, choosing perfect paint color combinations often still proves to be a challenge. However, that challenge has been mitigated by technologies that make it easier to view potential paint color schemes. No longer do you have to go through reams of handheld color charts, fan decks, strips and/or wheels to find the perfect color combination for your commercial building. It’s far easier to compare and contrast potential color schemes with digital color palette tools and apps.

Naples, Florida-based FCI painting offers digital color scheming to its commercial customers. Whether a large office building, warehouse, shopping mall, retail store or detailed work covering roofs, decking or a specific component of your commercial space, FCI Painting can provide you with digital renditions of potential color schemes.

This technology helps business owners nail down potential color combinations by viewing photographic renditions of proposed paint colors on their actual buildings. It helps better coordinate color combinations between the primary exterior wall color and its trim and roof colors. It also allows quick and easy comparisons with the colors of nearby buildings to ensure compatibility with surrounding buildings, as required by building codes. This digital preview also helps ensure that the proposed color schemes don’t clash with existing signage coloring.

FCI Painting Also Provides On-Site Color Previews

Digital color preview tools are by no means perfect. Chosen colors may present different hues in varying light. What appears to be a perfect shade of subtle coral on a sunny day may come across as orange on a cloudy day. Or, what may look like the perfect pastel blue on a cloudy day may come across more as a washed-out gray on a bright, sunshine-filled day.

Additionally, chosen color presentations may differ depending upon the clarity of the screen viewed on, or, if printed out, the quality of the digital printer. Colors viewed on a desktop screen will likely differ to some degree from what is seen on a mobile device. Likewise, the printed copy will likely differ somewhat from what is seen on the screen.

For this reason, FCI Painting also offers on-site color previews, in which the company will paint a small portion of the building in the chosen color scheme to ensure that it meets the client’s desires. This allows the client to more effectively gauge the chosen color scheme and compare it in the different natural lighting that shifts during the course of the day. FCI Painting will also spot paint with additional color schemes should the client wish to compare and contrast different potential color schemes.

Consult With Your Experienced Commercial Building Painting Company

With more than 20 years of commercial painting experience, Naples, Florida-based FCI Painting has extensive experience helping business owners surmount the challenge of picking the perfect colors for their commercial buildings. FCI painting knows the limitations of digital paint color previewing and has a keen grasp of which paint color schemes are the most aesthetically pleasing for our area. To learn more about how FCI Painting can help you with all of your commercial building painting needs, contact us today, or give us a call at (239) 435-1001.

Commercial Building Painting Tips for SW Florida

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Whether to refresh the look of existing facilities, or as the final step in new construction, painting the exterior of commercial buildings can present various challenges to business owners. Along with picking the right color for your commercial building, you need to make sure that you’ve picked the correct type of paint appropriate for the surface being painted. You also want to be sure that you hire the right painting company for the job—one with years of commercial painting experience in the region.

Area Building Codes Influence Commercial Building Color Choice

In southwest Florida in general, and Naples, Florida specifically, the overarching style of the area combined with building codes generally encourages commercial building paint color schemes of pastel hues. The Naples building code dictates that colors of commercial building exteriors and trim “shall be compatible with surrounding buildings,” and prohibits “exterior color schemes that attract undue attention,” or “cause the building to appear as a sign.”
If you are refreshing the paint of an existing building, it is likely already up to code, and you will probably want to utilize the same, or similar, color scheme. If not, or if you are painting a newly constructed building, your first step would probably consist of considering the colors of the surrounding commercial buildings. Their color schemes can serve as a template with which to determine which potential hues on your building would not only complement the entire area, but help your building stand out, as well. In previewing this virtual template, don’t forget to factor in any ancillary features such as parking areas, sidewalks and greenery.

Building Materials Also Dictate Painting Decisions

Regional climate, traditional building practices, and building codes have long influenced materials used for commercial building construction in southwest Florida, with stucco proving to be a leading material for outside walls. If you are painting a newly constructed building with a stucco facade, you will want to wait at least 14 days for the stucco to fully cure and harden before sealing it with paint. The use of a hot stucco primer brings the waiting period down to seven days, or whenever the acceptable pH level is reached. The type of stucco texture—smooth or rough—will dictate how much paint you use, and perhaps whether to use a spray or roller system for its application.

Synthetic Stucco Can (and should) Be Painted

Synthetic stucco (exterior insulation finishing system, and “EIFS,” for short) already comes in a wide variety of hues, and most people believe that it was designed to be paint-free; however, synthetic stucco can be painted, and, with correct surface preparation and the right kind of paint, can add years of life to the surface. The most critical factor in painting synthetic stucco is ensuring that any interior moisture can escape, especially in buildings where “drainable” EIFS has been used.

Other Commercial Building Paint Considerations

Metals, such as steel and aluminum, are also used extensively in southwest Florida commercial building construction, with steel and other metals proving popular with doors, and aluminum a mainstay in the region’s commercial roofing. While such materials are exceptionally durable, southwest Florida’s climate can take a toll on just about every material used for commercial building construction, and the right kind of paint applied correctly can add years of life to metal roofs and doors.

Consult With an Experienced Commercial Building Painting Company

An experienced painting company can help you with whatever challenge you might face in painting your southwest Florida commercial building. They know the codes, understand the climate’s effects on building material surfaces, and should be able to determine the right type of paint for the surface needing painting.
With more than 20 years of commercial painting experience, FCI Painting has extensive experience painting all of the materials used in the construction of stores, restaurants, cafes, malls, office buildings, warehouses, garages, and every commercial structure built in Naples, Florida. FCI painting is adept at helping existing business owners refurbish their facilities, and coordinates closely with contractors and other craftsman in the development of new commercial buildings. To learn more about how FCI Painting can help you with your commercial building painting needs, contact us today, or give us a call at (239) 435-1001.

How to Pick Paint Colors for Your Newly Constructed Home

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A lot of thought goes into the details of constructing a new home, but deciding on the finishing touch—the exterior paint color scheme—often bedevils new homeowners when given the choice. Even when limited in range by community bylaws or homeowner association dictates, finding the perfect color scheme can prove difficult.

Start With the Basics

Generally speaking, the exteriors of most homes are comprised of up to four colors: the primary color that covers the bulk of the house; accent colors of doors shutters and other small features; trim colors that highlight the doors, windows and other features; and the roof. In many cases the roof color is dictated by the materials used; however, in the Naples, Florida area many homes come with metal or tile roofing that can be painted. If your roof is made of asphalt or other non-paintable material, its hue will need to be considered a key backdrop component in considering your home’s other color choices.

The goal of these initial choices is to pick colors that provide contrast and accent each other. For example, if your primary color is dark, it wouldn’t make sense to accent it with trim in another dark shade. Instead, you want to find a tint that highlights any details of the trim, while emphasizing the home’s primary color. Or, as posited by some house paint specialists, treat the trim like eyeliner that brings out the colors of the doors, windows and other features, while also enhancing the glow of the home’s primary color.

Seek Harmony With Your Home’s Surroundings When Choosing Colors

Before starting the selection of the paint colors take stock of your new home’s surroundings. Check out the color schemes of neighboring homes, and consider the colors and tints presented by your yard, trees and gardens. Also, take note of your driveway, walkways and any stonework that may accent the overall picture created by your home’s paint choices. All in all, you’ll likely want your home’s colors to flow naturally with the landscape and surrounding houses.

Give Your Proposed Colors a Test Run

Understand that exterior paint colors can vary significantly from what you might see on paint sample cards and visualizers. The surface area being painted can influence the tone and shading, the look of which can also vary depending upon the lighting. One way to ensure that you’ve picked the perfect paint color scheme for your home is to test it on your home, or on similar materials, and in a manner in which you can inspect the colors at different times of day to check for light-influenced differentiations.

Getting Help With Your Color Choices

The large selection of available paint colors, shades and tints makes it easy to personalize one’s home, but also increases the difficulty in determining the perfect color scheme. There are numerous color coordinating tools, such as fan decks, visualizers and color coordinating palettes, that can help you pick your home’s color scheme. But you should also ask your professional painters for their opinion and advice.

FCI Painting has been helping their clients choose home colors for more than 20 years. The Naples-based company works closely with area contractors to make sure new homeowners are completely satisfied with the look of their new premises. FCI painting coordinates closely with contractors and other craftsman to make sure the job is done correctly, on time and at a reasonable price. To learn more about how FCI Painting can help you put the finishing touches on your newly constructed home, contact us today, or give us a call at (239) 435-1001.

Add Some Holiday Cheer to Your Home Now, Or Plan for Next Year

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With the holiday season already upon us, it may feel like it’s a touch too late to consider options for cheering up your home or business with a fresh coat of paint or other services from FCI Painting. However, Naples, Florida weather generally remains temperate throughout December, making it a perfect month for painting, whether interior or exterior. FCI Painting can provide you a custom paint job with colors that perfectly match the holiday season, or touch up areas that have been damaged or otherwise lost their luster due to sun exposure, age or other effects. In short, our residential and commercial paint specialists stand ready to help you brighten your home for the holidays by what ever means you see fit.

FCI Painting Paint Services

As a full-service painting company with more than 20 years of experience, FCI Painting can handle any job, big or small. From commercial painting of large offices, stores and warehouses to residential interior and exterior painting, FCI Painting is a trusted name in painting for the Southwest Florida region. We are specialists with all types of paint, and also experts in the application of weatherproof coatings and wood stain finishes. Satisfaction is guaranteed, and some of our premier exterior painting products come with 10-year warranties.

Other Services That Can Add a Sparkle to Your Holidays

Exterior and interior painting isn’t the only means of adding some holiday shine to your home or office, and FCI Painting offers numerous other services that can renew the look of your premises and brighten faded or worn finishes. For example, our pressure wash cleaning service works wonders in making the outside of your home or business look brand new again. Likewise, our brick pavers, stone cleaning and restoration service helps renew the parking areas and entrance paths leading up to your home or business. Or consider our roof soft washing service, that will brighten and protect your roof in an ecologically sound way that will not damage your yard or plants. And, you could follow up this service with our roof maintenance program that inspects the roof for damage and offers coating options in custom colors that will help protect your roof from the Florida sun and weather.

Planning for the Coming Year

Absent conducting any painting or related work this year, the ending of the year marks the perfect time to assess the condition of your home or business, and to make plans for what work you might like to schedule for the coming year. Schedule an appointment to assess the condition and color schemes of your existing interior and exterior paint, as well as advise you on the condition and treatment options for other components of your property. FCI Painting will work with you to deliver exactly what you are seeking in relation to both aesthetics and in protecting your home from the elements.

FCI Painting Can Also Play the Santa Claus Role

 

Last, if you’re stumped at picking up a holiday gift for your loved one, consider giving them a holiday paint job or other FCI Painting service. It could be the gift that keeps on giving all year long. For any of your holiday painting or related service needs, contact FCI Painting online, or by calling (239) 435-1001, to see what our specialists can do to help beautify your home or business.

Weighing the Options for Using Paint or Stain on Outdoor Woodwork

Weighing the Options for Using Paint or Stain on Outdoor Woodwork in Naples FL
When it comes time to paint the exterior of one’s home or business, the question of how to address ancillary structures, such as decks, railings, fences, pergolas and the like usually comes up. While paint is generally used for most exterior walls, many home and business owners like to keep the natural look of any wood structures that may accent the main walls. In such cases, the use of stain rather than paint may be a viable solution; however, many people tend to be confused about the differences between paint and stain, as well as their correct application. Thus, consider this blog post a primer of sorts on the differences between paint and stain, with some guidelines on when, how and why to use either of the two.

Differences Between Paint and Stain

The easiest way to differentiate paint from stain is that paint coats and hides the original surface, while stain penetrates the surface. Clear and semi-transparent stains also serve to enhance the original grain and beauty of the wood, while semi-solid stains add more color, but hide more of the grain. Solid stains come the closest to mimicking paint, and completely hides the wood grain.

Paint and stain both have positive and negatives to weigh in determining which to use, but either one is better than leaving bare wood exposed to the elements.

Positive factors to consider with both include:

Paint

  • greater number of color choices
  • deeper and more vibrant color options
  • greater protection from sun and water damage
  • greater longevity between re-applications
  • can be used on other materials besides wood

Stain

  • finish options include clear, semitransparent, semi solid and solid
  • ability to enhance wood’s natural beauty
  • ease of application
  • no blistering
  • better handling of abrasion from foot traffic
  • no need to strip before re-application

Negative factors to consider:

Paint

  • horizontal surfaces subject to peeling and blistering
  • potential for rapid weathering with intense water, ice or sun exposure
  • intensive scraping and stripping required before re-application

Stain

  • the need for frequent—one-to-five-year—re-applications depending upon opacity and exposure
  • cannot be used on previously painted wood
  • can only be used on wood and most wood composites

Color and Surface to be Treated Key Considerations

All in all, the choice of whether to ultimately go with stain or paint depends upon each building owner’s particular needs and specific weighting of the above listed positive and negative factors. Color should perhaps be the first consideration, as the color choice may be limited with stains. The surface to be treated should take secondary consideration, as it often dictates the choice. For example, those wanting to retain and enhance the natural look of wood will likely want to lean towards using stain. Likewise, stain is usually considered the better option for porch floors and decking due to its superior ability to withstand foot traffic.

If you’re still stumped about whether to opt for paint or stain, FCI Painting can help you assess the job and determine the best painting or staining options for all of your outside ancillary structures. Contact FCI Painting online, or by calling (239) 435-1001, to see what our painting specialists can do to help beautify the exterior of your home or business.