When it comes to painting your commercial property, it is important to understand that not all painting companies are created equal. In fact, there are residential painting companies, and then there are commercial painting companies, and which you should choose for your project typically depends on the scale as well as the complexity of your building.

In fact, while residential painting companies specialize in doing a great job painting your home, they are often not equipped to handle larger, more elaborate painting projects, such as painting retail stores, hospitals, office buildings, and other commercial properties. Therefore, it is important to understand the differences between both residential and commercial painters in order to ensure you select the right company for your needs.

Some ways that commercial painters differ from residential painters include:

Residential Painters

They Have Smaller Teams

Residential painters, like commercial painters, are professional painters. However, residential painters typically specialize in smaller more simpler jobs, such as painting your home. They also usually have smaller teams, which consists of just a few experienced painters who are adept at effectively paint both the interior as well as the exterior of your home. Their schedules also usually only extend to regular business hours during the week.

They Have Limited Knowledge of Commercial Materials

Residential painters also usually only have specific knowledge of residential building materials, such as sheetrock textures, wood, and composite siding, but they usually have no or little knowledge of more complex commercial building materials and exteriors. They usually also lack the experience and training to paint commercial exterior surfaces. Furthermore, since they also typically have a smaller number of trained employees, they may also lack the staff power needed to complete large-scale painting projects.

Commercial Painters

They are Highly Knowledgeable of Commercial Materials

Commercial painters are typically familiar with both commercial exteriors as well as industrial building materials. They also have specialized tools, training, and experience to effectively work with just about any commercial structure’s exterior with superior service and quality. As part of their job, they may also work with construction companies on large budget projects, such as retail stores and hotels etc., which require a large team of skilled painters to complete the job according to schedule.

They Offer A Wider Range of Paint Services 

Commercial painting contractors are also highly skilled at improving commercial interiors, and they typically offer a wider range of painting services, including electrostatic painting, faux-finishing, epoxy flooring, sandblasting, and more. They also have impeccable project management practices, which means they are also more efficient at scheduling than residential painters. Furthermore, since they also have more painters, it means they can also schedule the painting job according to your hours of operation as well as complete the job quicker, so they don’t inconvenience your workplace.

They are Experienced Working with Other Contractors

They also have experience working with general contractors and have the budget to bring in the right people with the right skills and equipment, if needed, to ensure you get what you need. In addition, due to their experience in dealing with large-scale projects, they are also more readily available to handle any problems and increased needs that may arise during the project, which can lead to costly delays if they are not handled quickly and properly.

They Follow Strict Government Regulations

Residential painters are also not held to the regulatory demands or hazards that exist with industrial and commercial painters. In fact, commercial painters must follow strict government regulations to ensure the project is managed properly. They must also see to it that workers are equipped with the proper equipment to keep them safe.

They are Also Industrial Painters

Finally, commercial painting contractors are also often trained in industrial painting, which means they are also equipped at handling more costly industrial equipment with accuracy.

Some commercial and industrial painting services include:

While residential painters may provide some of these same services, they do not, however, provide them on the same scale. Therefore, be sure to contact the right painting company for your business needs.

In the end, the main difference between residential painters and commercial painters are their skills. Commercial painters may deal with industrial, government, retail, and other types of large-scale business projects, while residential painters’ work is usually limited to residential properties, excluding larger condos, apartment buildings, and Home Owner Associations etc., which many commercial painters also service. Furthermore, commercial painters may also make larger investments in equipment that residential painters will never have a need for, which makes them more qualified for larger, more complex jobs.

Choosing the Right Company for You

If you own a commercial building that you would like to have painted, look for a company with a large team of highly skilled and experienced professional painters, especially for your industrial building painting needs, which can entail more risky work, such as painting power plants and more, which commercial painters can provide.

It also important to select a company that is well aware of and adheres to strict government restrictions regarding your building in order to help ensure a standard and safe job. In the event that an issue arises, it is also good to have a painting company on hand that can call in the right supplies, people, and equipment to quickly and successfully address the problem.

Lastly, scheduling and project management are crucial in industrial and other large-scale projects in order to prevent schedule delays, which can result in increased expenses. It is also important to select a company that is available to work the odd hours required to both accommodate your business hours as well as get the job done on time.

Who We Are

At American Painting & Decorating in Philadelphia PA, we have an experienced family of project managers and commercial and industrial painting contractors that remain highly trained in the special painting systems that are required by commercial buildings and take pride in providing the professional painting services you need to help preserve your image as an industry leader.

It is also our goal to provide quality work that you can look upon and be proud of for years to come. We also understand that delayed schedules equate to missed dollars, which can cut into your bottom line, and that is why it is also our priority to pull out all the right stops as well as pull in all the right people to get the job done right and according to schedule. If you are in the middle of a construction project that requires professional painting services, we can also provide you with an estimate of our commercial painting costs based on the blueprint.

Furthermore, we are licensed and insured and an accredited member of Painting and Decorating Contractors of America, which means we also have a strong code of ethics.

For many years, we have been helping business owners update the appearance and feel of their business, if you reside in Philadelphia PA and own a commercial business, don’t let years of smog, smoke, foot traffic, and other exterior and interior elements leave a bad impression on your customers, let us brighten your building as well as protect it from harmful weather conditions and UV rays with a fresh coat of paint.