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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

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

Area Building Codes Influence Commercial Building Color Choice

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

Building Materials Also Dictate Painting Decisions

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

Synthetic Stucco Can (and should) Be Painted

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

Other Commercial Building Paint Considerations

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

Consult With an Experienced Commercial Building Painting Company

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

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.