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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.

The Life of a Paintbrush

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If you are preparing to paint your home or business, you want a new look that will POP! Part of producing a stunning, new look is working with first-rate materials.  You have probably given a lot of thought to the colors and types of paint you want to work with, but you should also carefully consider the paintbrushes you use.  With the right paintbrush, you can achieve a creamy, smooth texture that will appeal to the eye as well as the touch, and last for years.

Depending on the quality of your paintbrush, their lifespan can range from a few days up to three to four years! For the standard interior paint brush, there are two types of bristles: synthetic materials—like nylon or polyester—and natural hair.

The lifetime of a paintbrush often depends on the material the paintbrush is being used to spread. For example, the higher quality, natural bristle brushes work best when used with enamels or topcoats (these should never be used with latex-based paints). On the other hand, synthetic brushes will typically hold their shape better and can be used to paint with nearly any material.

While they may be expensive initially, we recommend premium polyester paintbrushes because, with proper care and maintenance, they will last an extended period of time.

Average Lifespan

  • Natural Brushes – Made with natural animal hair and used for applying oil-based paints, natural brushes can last 3-5 years with proper care.
  • Blended Synthetic Brushes – These brushes are easy to clean and maintain, especially when working with latex paint. These brushes are typically made of nylon and polyester, which offers premium durability and excellent shape retention. These brushes should last you 2-3 years with proper care.
  • Polyester Brushes – Ideally used with latex paint, these brushes will retain their stiffness and shape with almost every paint and will apply evenly and smoothly. With regular maintenance, these brushes should last 6 months to a year.

The lifespan of your paintbrush can be greatly extended with the proper care and maintenance, regardless of what kind of brush you use! We recommend using soap and water on latex brushes and mineral spirits on natural oil brushes.

Paintbrush Maintenance

Oil Paints

You should always make sure that you’re closely following the manufacturer’s instructions when cleaning your brushes. Typically, the instructions will ask you to use a specific cleaner or solvent. To clean with a solvent, you should pour it into a container that will easily accommodate the brush—a very clean, used paint can works well. After pouring it into your container, work the thinner throughout the bristles by dipping it in the container repeatedly until the excess paint has come off. If necessary, spin the brush a few times until no material remains on the bristles.

Latex Paints

Latex paints are less difficult to clean off. These paints can easily come off with a mixture of warm water and dish soap. Clean the brush by dipping it into the mixture and working the soapy water into the bristles with your hands, followed by a rinse of clear water. Repeat the process if necessary.

Tools & Gadgets

Paint Brush Comb

After you’ve washed your brushes, you may still find yourself with some dried paint on the bristles. This is where a brush comb comes in handy. The comb is especially useful because it allows you to carefully remove dried paint without damaging the bristles. Just a few strokes with a paint brush comb, and your brush will be virtually like new!

Brush Spinner

You should never leave your brush with water on it as it can cause your bristles to warp. A brush spinner is a great solution to this problem. Once you’re done cleaning and combing your brushes, toss them into the spinner for a perfect dry.

FCI Painting Has You Covered

Painting may seem easy, but for an error-free, high quality result, you should hire an expert team like FCI Painting. Our painting company has been giving homes the perfect makeover for years! Whether you’re painting the interior or need a fresh coat on the exterior, give us a call at (239) 435-1001 or use our contact form online.

Control the Mood With Interior Paint Colors

A new coat of paint can be the change you need

Every room has the potential to tell a story, but the story the room tells is up to you. Some people think of fruits when they see red while others interpret it as strong emotions. FCI Painting of Naples, Florida wants to help you share your story by professionally painting your home’s interior.
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Inspiration In A Can

There’s a science behind color combination that should cause you to ask yourself various questions.

What mood are you going for?

Do you want calming or are you trying to feel energized? Imagine if you walked into a restaurant and it was painted black instead of a vibrant red. The dark walls might make a person feel uncomfortable, whereas the vibrant red has the potential to create a lively and talkative ambiance. Keep in mind that no color is “bad”. By simply adding sheen to that same black paint, it can evoke a feeling of elegance and austerity.

Which color can achieve that mood?

Prepare to visualize! Everyone has different preference for colors, so finding out what works best for your home may take a few tries. You might want to choose a couple of color samples from your local paint or hardware store. You may be surprised at what works with your décor!

How do I decide on a shade?

Once you have a color picked out then you’re going to have to decide on which hue to use, how much saturation is needed, and which intensity will look the best in the room. This is when your local paint store comes in handy again. Take home a large selection of paint samples and decide which one will look best in your home. Don’t forget to see how they look in different types of lighting! However, this is when it gets tricky so don’t hesitate to use our professional knowledge to achieve your satisfaction. Sherwin-Williams offers a great paint sample option called Colors to Go that covers about 75sqft, so it’s great for testing colors!

Which color goes with what I want?

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You’re either going to pair a color with one that creates contrast or cohesion. Contrast is using different colors in the same space to create visual attention, making a room seem livelier and encouraging the eye to roam. Cohesion will cause the room to flow and seem larger from room to room. We can help you create the right palette for any room if you find yourself needing help.

Ready To Create Your Masterpiece?

You could attempt painting your home, but why risk your home’s appearance? FCI Painting offers a team of reasonably priced professional painters. Whether it’s the kitchen or the master bedroom, the change you need is call away. 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 contacting them with this contact form .

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

FCI Painting’s Tips – Painting a Room!

Richard Foden at FCI Painting has noticed time and time again that a professional paint job in Naples, Florida is preferable to DIY. Once the do-it-yourself paint job turned into a disaster of spattered floors and a few too many trips to Home Depot. For the capable homeowner, however, painting doesn’t need to end in a colorful defeat. Richard at FCI Painting has over 20 years of experience painting and has shared these tips for the seemingly trivial task of painting a room.

Prepping Surfaces to Paint

The least fun but the most necessary part of getting a room ready to paint is to thoroughly prep the surface. This includes using the necessary tools, usually a scraper, to remove any bumps. Take a good look at your freshly scraped wall, if you notice any divots, channels, cracks, or any marks to the surface of what you’re about to paint, you’ll need to fill It in.

Creating a Perfect Primer

After your wall is as close to a smooth surface as a wall could be, you’ll want to crack open a can of primer and add a small amount of the color paint you’ll be using to it. This helps the primer and subsequent paint job nullify any risk of the paint bleeding through. For those thinking primer is more of a luxury and not a necessity, primer serves three distinct and necessary purposes. First, stains won’t show through. Second, you’ll use less paint, one-coat coverage isn’t unusual when primer is used correctly. Third, paint adhesion, the act of your paint actually staying on your walls. We would say that’s pretty important.

Tread Carefully – Dropcloths

Pick your drop cloth carefully. FCI Painting uses canvas almost every time. But, for the novice slip ‘n’ slide enthusiast, a plastic drop cloth will be perfect as it invariably becomes impossible to walk on due to the excess of paint. Plastic does not absorb paint. Canvas, however, does absorb paint and can be used in a variety of different ways that plastic sheeting cannot possibly hope to match.

Don’t Break Your Back!

Stop with the step ladder and get an extension pole for your brush. Nobody likes the backbreaking toil of forever stepping off a stepladder only to move it 8 inches, climbing back up, repeating endlessly. The best extension poles are those with metal cores. The metal-cored poles are less likely to bend and break.

Convenient Storage

If you’re sure you’re painting again the next day. It’s possible to store your painting stuff overnight without having to clean your brushes and rollers. Just get rid of the excess paint, wrap your items in plastic, and place them in the refrigerator to keep them from drying out. It really works.

Richard hopes these tips work for you!

Need a professional working on paint or restoration job in Naples, Florida? Call FCI Painting today.