How Commercial Interior Painting Differs From Residential Work

When thinking about a commercial interior painting project, it's understandable that a customer might assume that it must be a lot like residential work. Commercial interior painting services providers, though, appreciate that the job is quite different. Here are four ways that commercial projects different from hiring a contractor to come to your home.

Commercial Spaces

The physical spaces where commercial painting contractors operate pose some unique challenges. Most commercial establishments have equipment, inventory items, and people in and around the spots where painting work is planned. Likewise, not all businesses can afford to totally shut down to allow a team of contractors to come in, paint, and clean up.

Instead, there often is some degree of accommodation for the ongoing needs of the business. A contractor and customer might elect, for example, to shut down part of a store to paint while the rest of the building stays open. The contractors will then progressively move through sections of the store until the job is done.

Durability of Materials

The paint used in commercial settings has to hold up to wear and tear. First, the customers that come in and out of most places of business will impose additional friction on the paint. Second, the lights inside the business can affect the paint's color and finish. The net effect is that commercial interior painting services companies have to use products that stand up better to both influences.

Brand Standards

It's very common for businesses to have to maintain brand standards. That might not seem like a big deal, but every brand has its color scheme. Especially if you're a franchisee, deviating from the brand standards can lead to penalties or even loss of your franchise.

Consequently, contractors in the commercial sector have to be sensitive to the needs of their customers in ways that can seem very nitpicky compared to residential work. This means that something like color-matching has to be performed with greater precision. When accounting for the lighting in some buildings, this can be an interesting challenge.

Timing and Coordination

The presence of a business makes it a lot harder for a contractor to be flexible. The painting team has to be conscious of the business, its inventory, and its customers. Also, the painters have to transport and stage more equipment and supplies. Dropping off a bunch of ladders and scaffolds a couple of days early at a business can cause a major disruption. It's important that customers and contractors coordinate closely to prevent trouble.