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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

Commercial Building Painting Tips

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.

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.

Painting Projects for Summertime Fun

FCI Painting in Naples offers assistance for summer projects

With its long days and warm temperatures most people agree that summertime is the season for having fun. It’s also a perfect season for taking care of projects around the house that might otherwise be neglected due to time constraints, weather or other factors.

With that in mind, summer is the perfect time for taking care of those long-neglected or never-considered painting projects. A fresh coat of paint will help brighten up your home and surroundings no matter where applied.

The Home’s Smaller Details and Accessories

Whether a barrier, enclosure or strictly ornamental, many fences help frame their homes. As such, a fresh coat of paint on a fence can serve to help bring out the grandeur of a home, similar to how a good picture frame can draw out a painting or photograph.

Trellises tend to weather quicker than fences, and, as adornments, are often neglected. But a fresh coat of paint on a trellis can definitely help brighten the garden and surrounding yard.

Speaking of weather, door and window trim, along with the doors themselves, tend to weather over time quicker than the rest of a house. Touching up those smaller detail areas between major paint jobs goes a long way in keeping a home looking showroom ready.

While treehouses can hold a special charm, for both children and their parents alike, for some reason many treehouses are considered finished when the last nail has been pounded. Why not give that treehouse the same attention to detail—and color scheme—as the main home?

In a similar vein, perhaps tend to that long-neglected shed with a fresh coat of paint?

Why Not Paint the Cave?

A man’s home may be his castle, but he truly only rules the roost in his man cave. No matter what form of private enclave—be it garage, storage room, or whatever—most men tend to be neglectful of its aesthetics. So what better summertime project than to up your game by personalizing it via a paint job. School colors, favorite sports team colors, hunter’s camouflage, or whatever colors speak to your style might look great on your garage floor, walls, or whatever space serves as your in-home hideaway. In fact, no matter what color scheme you might choose, a new paint job will undoubtedly make your cave the envy of all your cro-magnon, cave-dwelling brethren.

Summer Isn’t Endless

Whatever long-neglected or never-considered painting projects you might have around your home, the professionals at FCI Painting can help you determine the perfect color scheme and knock out any and all painting projects in one fell swoop during these dog days of summer (or anytime else, for that matter). Serving the Naples, Fort Myers and Bonita Springs area, FCI has been helping homeowners beautify their homes and surroundings for more than 20 years. You can learn more about FCI Painting’s talents by perusing our website at FCIPainting.com, or by calling (239) 435-1001.

Choosing a Color for an Accent Wall

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Spring into Color!

A change of season calls for a special round of cleaning, and sometimes seeing your home in new light makes you want to do something different. If you’re looking for a change but aren’t ready to commit to a large-scale renovation project, painting an accent wall is an easy way to freshen up a room. Accent walls contrast against the other three walls in a room to create a powerful sightline that can easily make a room feel bigger and more dramatic.

However, achieving a successful accent wall isn’t quite as easy as slapping your favorite color of paint on the wall of your choosing. Talk to other homeowners and you’re sure to meet a few who found that their accent wall attempts were met with disaster. Getting an accent wall exactly right requires paying close attention to color, design and layout, and without taking the time to plan your wall, you’ll find yourself with a room that loses its sense of theme.

For finding success with your accent wall, follow the suggestions in this guide.

Easy Accent Wall Mistakes to Avoid

The first step in painting an accent wall is choosing which wall to paint. Many people make the mistake of automatically choosing the first wall they see when walking in a room. While this strategy often works, it’s important to take other factors into consideration, too. For example, it’s not smart to have an accent wall if it’s going to have visual competition from another wall. If you have a fireplace or large picture frames on one of your walls, making another wall an accent wall will only make the room feel busy.

It’s also important to ensure your accent wall fits the color theme of the surrounding room. Without simple ways of tying the color theme into the rest of the décor, it will get lost in the overall design. Sometimes it helps to review a sample gallery to gather design ideas for your own home.

Best Tips for Success

To successfully choose which wall to make an accent wall, you can follow these suggestions.

  • Choose a solid wall: Accent walls are typically solid without any windows or doors. It’s okay to make an exception for a truly stunning view or window frame, though.
  • Make sure it’s the natural focal point: Look around the room for what first captures your attention. Do you have a plant, painting or even piece of furniture you want to highlight? Making the wall behind it an accent wall will ensure it stands out.
  • Don’t let the wall be too bare: A well-balanced design requires proper furniture placement around your accent wall. Make sure your furniture arrangement fits the flow of the room without leaving your accent wall looking like an island on its own.
  • Choose a short wall: To make a rectangular room look longer, make the short wall farthest from the entry the accent wall. This draws attention and makes the room feel more square.

Choosing the right Color for an Accent Wall

When it comes to designing an accent wall, color can make all the difference. If your room is naturally a little featureless, making one wall a vivid color can add visual interest. Conversely, if you’re looking to keep a soft and unobtrusive vibe, you can paint one wall a few shades darker than the room’s main color.

It’s also important to decide if you want your accent wall to be a warm or cool color. Warm colors (like orange, yellow and red) tend to pull the wall towards your eye, which makes a space feel smaller and cozier- a good choice for long, narrow rooms. In contrast, cool colors like green, blue and purple pull the eye away and make rooms feel larger, an easy trick to trick yourself into thinking you have more square footage than you do!

Getting an Expert on the Paint Job

An accent wall may be an easy way to give your house an update, but you don’t need to be the one doing the dirty work. If you’re ready to call in the services of a professional painting company, FCI Painting can do the job for you. To book an appointment, you can find us online at https://fcipainting.com/ or by calling (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!

Florida Home Revival Guide

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Florida summers are extremely HOT and WET! If you are like most year-round residents you wait until the Fall to walk around your home to inspect for damage and start to plan any needed clean up. The harsh summers filled with extreme heat and rain wreaks havoc on our homes. Overlooked maintenance can have long term effects on your home’s appearance and structure. It is important to do a thorough check for mold and mildew and check your roof, siding and decking for any needed repairs.

Florida’s winter season is a busy time in Southwest Florida as our northern neighbors return to their second homes here in the sunshine state. The community gets prepared for a busy schedule of fun-filled activities. The holidays and social events mean more entertaining outside. Here are a few reasons why you need to plan your Florida home annual maintenance.

Outdoor Entertaining

Finally, we can open up the lanai and spend time outdoors. Boating and lying out by the pool in the beautiful Florida winter months are a dream. In order to be comfortable inviting over guests you will first need to consider cleaning up the lanai, pool area and all outdoor entertaining areas. Consider power washing to remove bugs, spider webs, dirt, mold and mildew. Once the dirt and grim is removed you may notice that the summer months have worn out the finish on your deck or house. Make the old look new by resurfacing concrete decks and re-painting pool cages.

Annual Maintenance

As the winter residents return they will find out that many of their neighbors have already completed their annual home maintenance projects. These maintenance tasks are important not only for beautification but to maintain a sound structure. Consider hiring a contractor to perform an annual maintenance inspection on your home. Small annual clean-up and repair projects now can save you a lot in the future.

Roof

Don’t neglect your roof just because you can’t see it. Schedule a roof cleaning and consider roof sealing when needed.

Pool Area

Make this season a splash by cleaning up the pool area. The pool cage is a trap for bugs and spider webs. Start by power washing and cleaning up the entire area. Don’t just replace the broken screens; consider the appearance of the cage itself. A pool deck clean and coating application can make a big difference on its appearance.

Curb Appeal

Are you expecting a return on your Florida home investment at some point in the future? Since most of us would answer YES to this question, we all need to be aware of Curb Appeal. Your home should be maintained as well as or better than your neighbor’s home. Investing in repainting the outside of your home can mean an immediate improvement in curb appeal.

Realtors and investors who are getting ready for a sale or re-rental understand the benefit of dressing up the exterior of the home for a great first impression. Outside clean-up like pressure cleaning and re-painting presents a visible acknowledgment that the home has been taken care of.

Contact a Professional Painting Company

If you are considering annual home maintenance projects in Naples, Florida, contact Naples’ leading paint professionals at FCI Painting. Call (239) 435-1001 or contact us online.