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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.

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.

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.