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Commercial Painting Far More Complex Than Residential

Commercial Painting in Naples Florida
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

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.

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.

FCI Painting Offers Expert Drywall Repair and Texturing Services

Expert Drywall Repair and Texturing Services

As residents of Naples and southwest Florida continue to clean up and repair the obvious damages wrought by Hurricane Irma, homeowners and businesses should assess their buildings for less evident damage. Among this less distinct damage is the potential impact to drywall from water intrusion. The drywall that makes up interior walls in homes and buildings that experienced flooding is likely compromised, as it sopped up floodwaters from the floor, while leaking roofs allowed water intrusion into ceiling drywall. Additionally, wind-blown rainwater may have penetrated outside walls and soaked into the drywall on the exterior side.

Not only can water damaged drywall be unsightly, but its integrity can be compromised to the point of collapse. At the least, untreated water-damaged drywall can lead to the growth of dangerous mold and mildew, usually within 24 to 48 hours of water intrusion. Not only is this mold and mildew possibly hazardous to your health, but it slowly continues to break down the gypsum of your drywall.

Let FCI Painting Inspect and Repair Your Drywall

If you know or suspect that the drywall in your home or building has been compromised by water intrusion, FCI Painting can conduct a comprehensive inspection to determine the extent of potential damage, and recommend the appropriate level of drywall repair. FCI Painting’s drywall repair specialists will remove and replace damaged sections of drywall to ensure the integrity of your interior walls and ceiling and eliminate the threat from mold and mildew. FCI Painting can follow-up its drywall services with a fast and efficient paint job that will make you forget that the walls and ceilings were ever damaged.

Don’t Forget to Account for Drywall Texture

Whether you have an existing drywall texture that you would like to replicate, or would like to upscale the look of your interior walls and ceilings, FCI Painting’s drywall specialists are experts in producing the full range of drywall textures. Drywall textures can be applied by hand or by compressed-air-assisted hopper, with a variety of different textures delivered by both methods. Our specialists use a variety of tools to produce the desired texture in the compounds used, whether drywall mud, joint compound or plaster. While the hawk and trowel are the most utilized tools, special brushes, detailing knives, paint rollers and other instruments can also be used for specialty texturing.

Different textures can be achieved with the compressed air hopper by using different sized and shaped spray gun nozzles. The amount of air pressure used can also influence the texture, as can any aggregate added to the compound used.

Popular Drywall Textures

Among the more popular drywall textures are:

  • Smooth Finish: This classy finish is used in many high-end homes, and is the most suitable finish for high-end matte and eggshell paints. A smooth drywall finish is achieved by applying plaster compound with a drywall knife and then using a pole sander to achieve the fine, smooth surface.
  • Skip Trowel: This elegant texture has a variety of subtle styles and looks, but most often is used to add a Mediterranean flair to walls and ceilings. The texture is achieved by utilizing a light stroke with a trowel on a joint compound mixed with a little water, and sometimes, some sand.
  • Knockdown: As with the Skip Trowel texture, this texture has a variety of subtle styles and looks, but the texture consists of unique shapes that emerge from the wall. Applied with an air assisted hopper using an aggregate material, the knockdown texture provides a classy look, but is also perfect for hiding any imperfections that otherwise can’t be repaired.
  • Swirl: This smoother looking finish includes swirls in compound created by making short swirl motions with the trowel or specialty brushes and knives.
  • Spray Sand: Known as a more cost-efficient texturing process, this compressed-air application gives the surface small sand-like bumps. Given the right coat of paint and this texture can look refined and exotic.

If you need drywall repairs due to storm damage, or as just part of overall renovations, contact FCI Painting online, or by calling (239) 435-1001, to see what our drywall specialists can do to improve the look of your interior walls and ceilings.

Refreshing Touch Ups for Your Home’s Exterior

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Even if your home isn’t ready for a full renewal with a complete exterior paint job, there are numerous refreshing touch ups that you should consider that may help bring new life to your home’s overall exterior. Certain areas of the home can weather faster than others, creating a mismatch that can depress the overall bright look of your home. Simple touch ups, like pressure cleaning, accent painting, deck staining, and roof washing can add enough of a refreshing touch that it may look like the whole house has been repainted.

Touching Up Accent Features Brightens the Whole Home

Accent features of your home, such as doors, shutters and trim, tend to take more of a beating and weather and fade faster than the rest of the home. And, as accent features, they tend to bring out and brighten the rest of the home’s color. By renewing their bright look, you’ll give new life to the rest of the home. FCI painting can quickly and efficiently touch up such accent features with minimal disruption to your day-to-day living.

Decks, porches and other similar outside features also tend to receive more wear and tear than the rest of the home. A tired looking deck or porch with fading color can make the entire home look aged. When you restore your deck or porch with fresh paint or stain, not only will it look brand new, but will extend into the rest of the home to make it seem refreshed.

Pressure Cleaning Brightens and Preserves Exterior Paint

One sure-fire means of renewing the fresh painted look of your home, is with pressure washing. FCI’s home pressure cleaning service safely and effectively removes dirt and airborne contaminants that slowly build up on home exteriors over time. Not only does the pressure cleaning serve to restore the pristine sheen of the original paint job, but it will help preserve the paint job by removing contaminants that would otherwise wear away and degrade it.

FCI’s New Reverse Osmosis Waterfed Pole Cleaning System.

Speaking of pressure washing, FCI Painting now offers a new service designed to keep your windows clean without streaking, stains, spotting or buildup. Similar to low-pressure cleaning used to clean the more delicate features of your home, our soft window wash uses a unique pole system to spray your windows with low pressure, reverse-osmosis-purified water. This soft wash provides a window wash so clean and clear that you’ll hardly believe the glass is still there. Our soft window wash can be scheduled for residential homes, and is available to condominiums, housing associations and commercial buildings as part of their monthly or quarterly maintenance services.

With more than 20 years of experience, FCI Painting is well attuned to the painting, cleaning and maintenance needs of residential homes and commercial buildings throughout Southwest Florida. Whether a simple touch-up job or complete exterior re-painting, we guarantee that you will be completely satisfied with the results.

To learn more about how FCI Painting can help you brighten your home with refreshing touch ups, contact us today, or give us a call at (239) 435-1001.

Prepare for “Season” With FCI Painting’s Commercial Cleaning Services

FCI Painting in Naples Florida helps business prepare for Season

While many businesses in resort areas across America are in the midst of their “busy season,” here in the Naples, Florida region, summer represents the perfect time to prepare for our “Season.” That is winter, when the population just about doubles with the influx of snowbirds and tourists. Given that summer is on the wane and the start of our “busy season” is only a few short months away, now is the time for businesses to double-check their checklists for needed annual cleanup and maintenance of their commercial properties and buildings.

FCI Painting Goes Beyond Just a Coat of Paint

Not only is FCI Painting a leading name in commercial painting services in Southwest Florida, but also a respected provider of annual cleanup and maintenance services for commercial buildings. Whether for small businesses, restaurants, stores, apartments, hotels or any other venture facing a noticeable uptick in winter business, FCI Painting has the know-how, tools and can-do attitude to make your business premises look like new.

Of course, should your commercial building need some touch-up painting, or just an overall fresh coat of paint, FCI Painting offers fast and efficient painting services in order to minimize business disruption and return operations back to normal as quickly as possible.

Make Your Premises Look Like New with Pressure Cleaning

Absent the need for paint, pressure cleaning offers the most cost-effective, like-brand-new cleaning available. FCI Painting knows how to utilize the correct pressure, cleaning agent and temperature to remove tough grime, dirt and stains from just about any surface without compromising its integrity. Whether stucco, wood or concrete, and whether compromised by dirt, mold or mildew, FCI’s pressure cleaning know-how will safely remove the contaminant.

While pressure cleaning is appropriate for most commercial surfaces, it may not be the right option for your commercial building’s roof. And given the hot, humid temperature in Southwest Florida, your roof likely needs cleaning more often than you think. Our environment stimulates the growth of harmful algae, mold and fungus that eats away and breaks down roofing materials, decreasing the lifespan of your roof and potentially leading to leakage and other damage to your commercial building.

FCI Offers “Soft Wash” to Clean and Protect Your Commercial Roof

With pressure washing considered off-limits to many roof types and materials, FCI Painting uses a “soft wash” cleaning system that is more effective and less damaging than regular roof power washing. Instead of relying on high pressure water, our soft wash utilizes eco-friendly chemicals that treat the mold and algae without damaging the surrounding area’s plant life, and cleans the roof of dirt, grime and stains so that it looks like new.

With more than 20 years of dedicated experience in Florida’s Collier and Lee Counties, FCI Painting’s reputation precedes itself in both commercial painting and pressure cleaning. We guarantee superior results with either service, both of which can help make your business premises look like new, just in time for “Season.”

To learn how FCI Painting can help you prepare for “Season,” and to receive a free quote, contact us today, or give us a call at (239) 435-1001.