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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.

How Building Color Can Bring in More Clients

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Make Your Business Stand Out!

When customers visit a business they generally arrive with certain expectations. While courtesy and professionalism are usually tops on that expectation list, in many cases cleanliness can rank equally high. Given that nothing looks cleaner than a fresh coat of paint and that the exterior of your building marks a potential customer’s first impression of the business, maybe it’s time to consider a fresh coat of paint for your business’s exterior.

If your business has a dedicated corporate color scheme, or the building associated with your enterprise has always been the same color, the choice of paint coloring is probably dictated by past decisions. Likewise, if your business has a logo with a specific color scheme, you may need to choose building colors in a way that highlights or matches the logo. However, should your choices be more open, you should carefully consider your building colors, because the colors you choose may help bring in more potential clients and/or lead to more business.

Use Psychology in Choosing Your Building Paint Color

Psychologists have long known that colors can evoke emotional responses in people, and marketers utilize color in their efforts to influence customers. Consider that research has shown that colors can increase brand recognition by 80 percent, and that print ads in color are read more than 40 percent more than similar ads in black and white. Color can even influence the perception of temperature. Walls painted in warm colors, such as orange and red, generally make people think a room is warmer than it actually is, while cold-colored walls, such as blue and green, make people lower their temperature estimates.

People’s perceptions of—and response to—colors can and do vary. Genders display distinct differences in their color preferences, with men generally known to prefer stronger colors, while women tend to prefer softer hues. Distinct cultures may perceive colors and their meaning differently than the mainstream, and individuals may acquire subtle color biases as a result of past experiences.

Psychologists and marketers have developed various rules of thumb with regard to colors and business that may help you determine the right color choices for your building. Let’s consider a few of these rules in relation to the most common colors:

Blue

Known as the most popular color, blue is used in branding by 35 percent of the Forbes list of 100 most valuable brands. Its status as a favorite color is thought to have evolved from the pleasant association we have with seeing the blue sky, or the blue of water. Marketers believe blue is associated with trust, integrity and communication.

Red

Used in branding by 30 percent of the Forbes list of 100 most popular brands, red can send mixed messages. On the one hand it conveys warnings, such as the red in a “Stop” sign, but it can also signify anger, as evidenced by a face reddened by rage, or angering a bull with a red cape. With branding it is thought to connote power and passion.

Green

Green can invoke mixed messages, as well. Your first thought might be that it conveys a sense of nature and regrowth, which is correct, and “green” is all about the environment. In branding It also represents “money,” the pursuit of which can be diametrically opposed to green goals.

Yellow

Yellow is an interesting color in that most people don’t rank it high on their favorite colors list, but those who do like it tend to like it a lot. It is the most visible color one can see in daylight, and, while not popular with the majority of people, is considered a “happy” color.

Orange

Orange is thought to represent high energy, but is also associated with good value.

Tide and other cleaning brands use orange in their branding to suggest industrial strength; while Home Depot’s orange is supposed to be suggestive of good value.

Pink

Considered a kid’s color or effeminate, pink is also believed to have a calming influence. In fact, this influence is believed by some to be energy draining, which is why many sports teams paint their visitor’s locker room pink.

White

While it may not be considered a true color depending upon who you speak to, white is used as a color in branding (and certainly as building colors), though usually to offset other colors. White represents a bright, clean look, though marketers warn that it should not be overused as white can be suggestive of boredom.

Black

Black is not a color, and instead serves to absorb the colors of the visible spectrum. Similar to white, it can be very effective at offsetting other colors. When used in branding it is generally tied to the ideals of luxury and refinement.

Type of Business May Also Guide Color Choice

Ultimately, the type of business you are engaged in will help dictate your color choices as well. Much as toy store owners would not likely paint the exterior of their building black, funeral home proprietors would likely refrain from using a bright red color scheme. A law firm’s building might seem a bit off-putting if painted blue and yellow, but would probably look quite professional in black and white.

If you’re having a hard time choosing the perfect color scheme for your building, it might be time to call in some professional help. Serving the Naples, Fort Myers and Bonita Springs area, FCI Painting has been helping businesses with their interior and exterior painting needs for more than 20 years. You can find us online at https://fcipainting.com/ or by calling (239) 435-1001.

The Ins and Outs of Getting Your Roof Cleaned

FCI Painting gives you the answers to Your Questions about Roof Cleaning

How often do you actually think about your roof? So long as it’s doing it’s job, probably not all that much. However, this is a major oversight for most homeowners, because taking a few steps to ensure your roof stays in top condition is far easier than repairing any damage that occurs from neglect.

For this reason, it’s important to keep your roof clean. Not only will it add to the value and the aesthetics of your home, a clean roof is a higher quality roof, and taking the time to give it the best care you can will ensure your roof will keep you comfortably covered for years to come.

Why You Need To Take Roof Care Seriously

There’s no single reason why it’s important to perform regular maintenance on your roof, but the following reasons all taken together should be all the proof you need to take the cleanliness of your roof a little more seriously.

    • Protection From Humid Climates: Most Florida homes are no stranger to heat and humidity, and if your roof is shaded throughout the day by large trees, the odds are good that your roof is home to plenty of algae, mold and mildew that will weaken the structure over time.
    • Smarter Home Maintenance: According to experts, it’s important to wash your roof every two years or so, meaning that roof care should be part of your household maintenance routine. Consistent cleanings help prevent grime from grabbing a foothold, which keeps your shingles looking fresh and new.
    • Better For Your Health: You probably don’t realize it, but dirty roofs are a breeding ground for a host of nasty allergens like mold, pollen and mildew, meaning that your breathing troubles might be made worse because of the state of your roof. If you want to take the health of your family seriously, it’s a smart idea to get it regularly cleaned.

Should You Get Your Roof Pressure Washed?

By far, the easiest way to get your roof cleaned is to pressure wash it. However, before you go out calling the first roofing company you can find in the phone book, there are some things you should know about the risks involved with pressure washing.

Understanding the Risks

If you leave your roof cleaning to non-experts, it’s all too easy for your roof to come away damaged. Too harsh of water pressure can strip the paint or protective coating right off the roof, it can and break apart the protective coating that helps your roof reflect sunlight. Without the careful attention of an expert, it’s easy for the tiles or shingles on your roof to get damaged during pressure washing. For this reason, it’s absolutely essential to trust the well-being of your roof with an expert.

Choosing The Right Company For the Job

For those that live in the Naples, FL area, the search for a top quality roof care company couldn’t be easier. FCI painting has been a staple company in the region for over twenty years, and we provide the best roof cleaning service you can find that leaves you without any hassle.

Don’t let the state of your roof get out of control; contact FCI painting today! You can find us online at https://fcipainting.com/ or by calling us at (239) 435-1001.

Hire an Experienced Commercial Painting Company

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Commercial painting contracts represent a responsibility to the contractor or hiring company to abide by city, county and state regulations. These rules and regulations are in place to protect all parties concerned. A busy commercial property means an increase in risk and therefore should only allow properly licensed and experienced contractors to get the work done safely and according to commercial standards.

What is the difference between “just a painter” and a professional commercial painter? The answer is equipment experience, safety training, licensing and insurance and so much more.

License & Insurance

The state of Florida does not offer a license specially for Painting Contracting, however you will find that most reputable commercial painting companies will have a licensee who is state certified as a General Contractor, as an extra measure of commitment to excellence. Even with a state CGC license, most often individual cities or counties will require an extra license to be filed if work is to be performed within its boundaries. All necessary licensing should be provided prior to job commencement.

Risk mitigation begins with the obtaining the proper insurance. Both worker’s compensation and general liability are mandatory in the state of Florida for any type of contracting work. Individual commercial projects may also require specific limits or to be listed as additionally insured depending on that particular project requirements.

Equipment & Safety

A commercial painting contractor must be prepared to make a large investment in machinery & equipment when taking on a larger commercial project. Along with this investment in capital comes an investment in training in all aspects of equipment operation to ensure personal & job safety. Safety is paramount on larger commercial projects, which means all equipment needs to be operated within OSHA safety Requirements.

The types of equipment you might see on a commercial painting project include but are not limited to:

  • Gas powered airless sprayers capable of producing and applying paint at 2 gallons per minute (GPM). Gas powered machines are more suitable as power may not be readily available.
  • Large spray tips and extension wands are a valuable part of the equipment inventory.
  • Commercial painters also require cleaning equipment like large gas powered pressure cleaners an ideal machine will produce up to 4000psi and 4 GPM of water and chemicals to properly prepare the surfaces for the paint application.
  • Lift equipment including scissor lifts and boom lifts as a majority of the work is to be completed at high elevations.

Hire a Licensed and Insured Commercial Painting Contractor

Protect your commercial property or project by hiring an expert team of experienced commercial painters. FCI Painting is a licensed and insured painting contractor located in Naples, Florida. Call (239) 435-1001 for an estimate today. We are dedicated to customer satisfaction!

Never Power Wash Your Roof Again – Here’s Why!

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If you aren’t familiar with soft washing, you should be! This system was designed to be minimally invasive and significantly more effective than a traditional roof power washing. If you’ve had pressure washing before – prepare to be amazed at the efficacy and ease of this incredible system. This treatment is available in almost any climate, from the humidity of Florida to the arid air of Arizona. But what exactly makes soft wash different? Instead of potentially damaging your roof with the powerful water pressure it takes to clean it, soft washing is a gentle chemical alternative that treats for mold and algae and leaves your roof cleaner than ever.

What Exactly Is Low Pressure Cleaning?

Regardless of where you live, you have dirt, dust, and mold growing on your roof. Organic material like leaves and soil accumulate in the nooks and crannies of your roof. While traditional power washing uses a high psi to remove the surface of the mold and algae, it does not solve or treat the underlying problem.

Similar to how a gardener treats their plants to prevent bugs and harmful fungi, soft wash utilizes a gentle cleaning solution that kills the unwanted organic life hiding in your roof. Additionally, soft wash leaves behind an inhibitor that helps to prevent the growth of new fungus and mold. Where traditional pressure washing will damage your roof and fail to treat the entire problem, soft washing shines as a quick and effective treatment to clean and protect your home.

You may be asking yourself, how does power washing damage my roof? It can damage it in a few ways. One way is that it may strip the paint or protective coatings that prevent weathering. Additionally, it can break down or destroy important parts of your roof that deflect heat from the sun. Most homeowners have what is known as a composition roof. Typically, a composition roof includes a warning from the manufacturer against any aggressive cleaning of the surface. Overall, improper pressure washing on your roof could lead to the breakdown and erosion of the roofing material.

Is It Dirt…Or Something Else?

Those dark streaks on your roof likely are not only dirt. Those are most likely a bacteria known as Gleocapsa Magma and are the leading cause of roof stains in the United States. Organisms that live on your rooftop wreak havoc on your roofing materials by breaking down and decomposing them. In states like Florida, soft washing has seen a meteoric rise in popularity because hot and humid climates are where your destructive rooftop organisms like to thrive. Many of these organisms are able to feed on the material that your roofing is made out of. In fact, a typical shingle contains limestone, which contains nutrients that mildew and bacteria are able to grow and populate more of your roof.

There is some good news, these annoying bacteria can be removed safely with the use of the soft wash!

What Can Algae and Fungus Do To My Roof?

Besides the discoloration of shingles and other roofing materials, these harmful fungus and molds can do more damage to your roof than you may have believed possible. As mentioned above, the bacteria known as Gloecapsa Magma can thrive on surfaces like wood, concrete, and even aluminum! As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to know exactly what these little pests are capable of. Gloecapsa Magma will create a miniature ecosystem for itself and will produce an acidic waste that is powerful enough to destroy the materials around it, further allowing the bacteria to flourish.

Another common form of contaminant that can live on your roof is a blue-green algae. Some of these are known as “nitrogen fixing algae.” What this means is that they are able to subsist in environments that would otherwise be unable to support life. This blue-green menace creates a root system for itself and once attached to your roof or surface, the root system will begin to break down the area by creating cracks and fissures.

Spray and Forget!

Soft washing goes beyond a surface treatment. A soft wash will eliminate destructive bacteria and mold while preventing new growth from occurring. It is an incredibly simple process – a trained professional uses a soft wash system to evenly coat your roof with a powerful mixture of bacteria and mold fighting chemicals. The next step is easy – forget! Gone are the days of an invasive and loud power wash that damages your roof and doesn’t treat the mold. Welcome to the future of total roof cleaning with the soft wash system.

Choosing the Right Company

Finding a company that provides your home with the soft wash it deserves can be difficult. There are many contractors out there that claim to soft wash your roof, but will use bleach, or simply use a lower psi on a standard pressure washer. That’s why you should call FCI Painting! We deliver an incredible cleaning solution to your roof with minimal hassle to you and your home. Don’t wait until it’s too late!

You can find us online at https://fcipainting.com/ or by calling us at (239) 435-1001.

 

 

The Difference Between an Amateur and a Professional Painter

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It is a common for a homeowner to look at the new paint job on their home and think “I could have done that.”  With the right tools, years of experience and effort, you could approximate the quality of a professional painter, but it is surprisingly difficult. When you hire a first class house painting company, you are hiring specialized equipment and expertise that can be the difference between an acceptable job and a work of art.

The foremost difference between professional painters and weekend do-it-yourselfers is the care and precision that goes into preparing the painting surface.  Most DIYers jump ahead to the actual painting without cleaning, stripping and priming the surface.  High quality painters will actually spend the majority of the time prepping the surface by using repairing imperfections, smoothing rough areas or pressure washing. Amateur painters fail to realize that a well-prepared surface will not only adhere the paint for a longer period of time, but will also produce a more aesthetically pleasing result.

Professionals are unwilling to sacrifice quality for a few dollars.  Many amateurs will often substitute cheaper materials in an effort to save a little money, but professionals understand that the right materials provide that little extra in quality which will elevate the project. For example, many people unknowingly use masking tape instead of painter’s tape, without realizing that painter’s tape provides sharper edges to the final result.  Trust a professional to know the difference between a cost saving and a reduction in quality.

Another important consideration is the cost savings of hiring a professional.  There is some critical equipment that most DIYers do not purchase—or purchase the wrong kind—that a professional knows is essential for a first rate job.  These include top-tier paints, primers, tarps, paint scrapers, masks or goggles.  For an exterior painting, professionals will utilize pressure washers, sanders and scaffolding which can be very expensive for a one-time job.

Professionals are much more likely to safely complete a project than an amateur.  No paint project is worth a serious injury, so hiring experienced painters that are insured is almost always the right way to go for a sizable paint job. Even for small, interior paint jobs, it is wiser to hire skilled professionals; most injuries while painting involve falls from 2’-6’ stepladders.

The final issue you should consider prior to taking on a paint project yourself is the amount of time required. Most professional painting companies will use an entire team of specialists that can rapidly complete the project, producing minimal disruption to your family.  Not only will it take you considerably longer to complete the same job, you are likely to run into delays if you make a mistake or fail to properly plan the job.  During this extended period, your family and visitors will have to endure malodorous paint products, obstacles, and paint mishaps.

If you are considering painting  your home, office or building, contact Naples’ leading paint professionals at FCI Painting.  Call (239) 435-1001 or contact us online.

Your Home Needs A Paint Job Not A Realtor

You don’t have to move to get that new home feel. How you ask? Well, with the help of FCI Painting you’re renovation is only a couple of brush strokes away, however, they’re not ordinary brush strokes. FCI Painting has over 20 years of experience in Naples, Florida and during that time they’ve seen countless homes lose curb appeal due to everyday sun damage and a lack of maintenance. They’ve become professionals at restoring a home’s confidence by mending its appearance with an incredible attention to detail.

Don’t Miss A Spot With FCI Painting

fci_site_4The first thing anyone notices about a home is the exterior. Does your home show it’s age because of its worn-out paint? Are you worried that you might give your home an amateur paint job? Or perhaps are you concerned about the time and the energy that painting a home demands? Well, FCI Painting is waiting with paintbrushes in hand. Not only can they rejuvenate your home’s appearance with a fresh coat of paint but they can also add specialty finishes, roof sealing and paintings, weatherproof coatings, and garage floor sealing and epoxy coatings. You don’t have to skip a step or lift a finger.

The professionals at FCI Painting don’t limit themselves to just the exterior painting. They are aware that you spend most of your time inside. Speak to a professional today to decide on which rooms need a re-paint. They’re prepared to fix those drywall issues also and while they are there consider having them sand and stain your wood paneling. These projects transform a home and create value.

Pressure Creates Diamonds & Pressure Cleaning Creates Value

power washing brick paversFCI Painting recommends complimenting your home’s new paint job with a thorough pressure cleaning. Getting rid of any layers of drab can do more than raise your home’s confidence and curb appeal; it can prevent it from literally deteriorating. Different forms of mold and mildew can hide your home’s beauty, but you don’t have to accept that. FCI Painting uses their keen eye for detail to get everything looking pristine again. Although pressure cleaning is important for maintenance, most homeowners don’t even have a pressure washer, whereas FCI Painting has both the necessary equipment and technique to maximize efforts. If only all problems in life could be fixed or prevented as easily as hiring FCI Painting to pressure wash your troubles away.

A Newly Painted Home Is Only A Call Away

You could attempt painting your home, but why risk your home’s appearance. FCI Painting offers a team of reasonably priced professional painters. Whether you have an indoor or outdoor painting project or are looking for a specialty finish. Increase your home’s value with a garage floor sealing or a thorough pressure cleaning. Take the next step in transforming your home into the luxurious work of art it could be by calling FCI Painting now at (239) 435-1001 or visiting them at https://www.fcipainting.com