Exterior Commercial

Exterior Painting

Exterior commercial work is sometimes a challenge because of the traffic flow (customers) and not necessarily the task at hand.

We were recently asked to repaint the exterior of a chain of several grocery stores. The toughest part was the height of what needed to be painted. There was a lot of traffic going in and out as well. It was high work but we planned on using a man lift so the height was not an issue but the constant flow of people was a concern.

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It was windy!

Often when a business has customers that are in proximity to the work, extra measures are needed to protect them and us. It is sometimes amazing that we can put barriers up and people will step right over them.

Vehicle traffic is also something we take into consideration. Unfortunately the wind and October/November temperatures were a concern. Each job was only a couple days work but the locations were all over town. We were in Omaha, Plattsmouth, Lincoln and Grand Island.

The reason we were painting The various sections of these stores was because they were rebranding the dining part of the grocery store from Market Grill to Waldburgers.

It is important to hire a professional paint contractor for this type of work for several reasons such as safety, experience and quality workmanship.

The advantages of hiring a professional painter

Quality workmanship is one of the most significant advantages of employing a professional painter. Professional painters are skilled and experienced in their industry and can provide high-quality results clear of drips, streaks, and other flaws.

Saving time. Painting can be a time-consuming process, particularly if you are inexperienced or have a large project. Hiring a professional painter can help you save time and focus on other activities or duties.

Professional painters have access to a wide range of tools and equipment, such as ladders, scaffolding, and specialized painting equipment. This can help the job run more easily and efficiently, as well as ensure that it is finished safely.

Professional painters have a wealth of expertise and experience in their area, and they can provide expert advise on paint selection, color schemes, and finish options. This is especially useful if you are unclear what to do or have specific design goals in mind.

Peace of mind. Hiring a professional painter can provide you with peace of mind since you will know that the task will be done to your satisfaction and that you are working with a reputable and trusted contractor.

Hiring a professional painter has a lot of advantages, including ensuring that your painting project is completed to your satisfaction. Working with a qualified and experienced professional gives you the assurance that the project will be done correctly and safely. You will finish up with a beautiful and professionally painted space.

How to find and hire a painter

Hiring a painter can be a difficult undertaking, particularly if you have never done so before. You can, however, find a dependable and experienced painter to transform your area with a little bit of research and planning. The following is a step-by-step guide to hiring a professioanl paint contractor.

Establish a budget. Before you begin looking for a painter, you should have a good idea of how much money you are ready and able to spend. This can help you narrow down your alternatives and find a painter who works within your budget.

Check out possible painters. There are numerous methods for locating potential paint contractors, including online directories, word-of-mouth referrals, and local marketing. It is a good idea to compile a list of potential contractors and then investigate each one to assess their qualifications and experience.

 Request estimates.  After you’ve narrowed down your list of potential contractors, the next step is to seek estimates. Most contractors will provide a free estimate, but inquire if there is a fee for this service. When seeking an estimate, include as much information about the project as possible, such as the size of the room or building, the type of paint being used, and any unique requests or considerations.

Examine the estimates. After receiving estimates from different contractors, you should carefully evaluate and compare them. Pay close attention to the details of each estimate, such as the materials used, the extent of the job, and the estimated duration of the project.

Select a paint contractor. It is time to make a decision after you have studied all of the estimates. Choose a contractor who has a strong reputation, a competitive price, and is prepared to work with you to realize your vision for the space.

Make a contract. It is critical to execute a contract with your chosen contractor before any work begins. This contract should include the project’s details, such as the scope of work, materials used, and payment terms. Before signing, read the contract thoroughly and ask any questions you may have.

Schedule the work. Set a start date for the job with your contractor. Make sure to mention any special needs or preferences you have, such as desired work hours or paint colors.

Monitor the work. It’s a good idea to be present during the painting process to ensure that everything is done to your liking. Make sure to express any concerns or modifications you would want to see implemented.

Complete any outstanding payments. When the job is finished, it is time to make the final payments to your contractor. Check the final invoice to ensure that it corresponds to the contract terms.

Advice for choosing a painter

You may select a Painter who is dependable, skilled, and capable of delivering the results you desire by following a few basic guidelines. Here are some suggestions for hiring a professional painter:

Request referrals from friends, family, and neighbors, and be sure to inquire about their experiences with the contractors they recommend.

Seek out contractors with a solid reputation and who can provide references or examples of their work.

Take into account the contractor’s personality. In addition to their skills and expertise, you should evaluate the contractor’s personality. Look for someone who is easy to work with, communicates effectively, and is open to your ideas and concerns.

Examine the insurance and licenses. It is critical to hire a painter who is fully insured and licensed. This will safeguard you in the event of an accident or property damage.

Make a written record of everything. It is important to execute a contract with your chosen contractor before any work begins. This contract should include the project’s details, such as the scope of work, materials used, and payment terms. Before signing, read the contract thoroughly and ask any questions you may have.

The costs of hiring paint contractors

Hiring a paint contractor can be expensive based on a variety of criteria such as the size of the painting project, the type of paint used, the complexity of the work, and the location of the job.  Interior  painting tasks might be more expensive than exterior painting work because they may require more time, attention to detail, and specialized equipment. It will depend on the job.

The scale of the job is one of the most important aspects that might influence the cost of hiring an interior painter. A larger project will often take longer to finish, resulting in a greater overall cost. Furthermore, a larger project may necessitate more specialized equipment and supplies, which might raise the cost.

The type of paint used is another aspect that can influence the cost of hiring a professional painter. Some paints are more expensive than others, and buying better paint may result in a greater overall cost. Furthermore, using specific finishes or techniques, such as faux painting or stenciling, might raise the cost of a painting project.

The cost of hiring a professional painter might also be affected by the complexity of the work. Projects requiring more elaborate or intricate work, such as restoring damaged walls or painting murals, may take longer to accomplish and cost more overall.

Finally, the cost of hiring a painter can be influenced by the job’s location. Labor and material costs may differ depending on the region or city where the work is being done. Furthermore, the cost of living in a specific area can influence the cost of hiring an interior painter.

Without knowing the specifics of a project, it is difficult to estimate an exact price for hiring a painter. Requesting estimates from several different contractors and comparing their pricing is the best approach to get an accurate estimate for your project. Get comprehensive estimates that define the scope of the job, the materials being used, and the project’s projected length. This will assist you in making an informed selection and ensuring that you are receiving the most value for your money.

Preparing for a painting project

Preparing for a painting project may be daunting, but with a little planning and organization, you can ensure that the process goes well. Determine the project’s scope. The first step in planning a painting project is determining the extent of the work. Take into account the size of the rooms or areas, the state of the walls or exterior and any particular requests or considerations you may have. This will give you a better understanding of how much time and resources will be needed for the project. Projects have a tendency to expand after the painting has begun. Make it clear what your goals are and where you want to end up.

Cover surfaces and move furniture: Before painting begins, it is important to move all furniture out of the work areas where your painter will cover them with drop cloths. Move exterior items as necessary. Additionally, the painter will protect any surfaces that you do not want painted, such as flooring, windows, and trim.

 On interior work it is a good idea to take down any wall hangings before painting begins. This allows the painter to easily access all parts of the wall and ensures that the paint goes on smoothly.

Before the painting begins, the painter will most likely fix any damage to the walls. It is important to repair any holes, cracks, or other damage to the walls. On exterior work carpentry or repair work needs to be done prior to painting.   This ensures that the paint is applied smoothly and that the end result looks professional. Check if this is included in the scope of work that you committed to. 

The painter will also clean the walls: After the walls have been fixed, it is critical that they be completely cleaned.On exterior projects the areas will be power washed.  This will remove any dirt or debris that may have gotten into the paint work.

You can get ready for a painting project and make sure that everything goes according to plan by following these instructions. You can avoid delays and create a beautifully and professionally painted workplace by taking the time to prepare and organize.


The painters will wear protective equipment: When painting, it is critical to use protective equipment to reduce the risk of injury. Goggles to protect your eyes from paint splatters, a mask to protect your respiratory system from fumes, and gloves to protect your hands from paint contact are all examples of protective equipment.

Many painters utilize low-VOC paints, such as: Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are substances generated by certain paints that are hazardous to persons and the environment. Low-VOC paints are recommended to reduce the danger of VOC exposure. These paints have lower VOC levels and are therefore safer for both humans and the environment. Inquire with your painter about using low-VOC materials.

Ensure that your painter disposes of paint and painting supplies properly: To reduce the risk of environmental contamination, it is critical to properly dispose of paint and painting supplies. Proper disposal methods are mentioned on the labels of paint and painting supplies.

Ventilation. When painting, proper ventilation is essential to reduce the risk of breathing paint fumes. Make sure to leave windows and doors open to allow for enough airflow. To assist circulate the air, use a fan.

Observe all safety precautions: Make careful to follow all of your painter’s safety recommendations. Precautions may include avoiding contact with certain materials or places, allowing areas to dry before accessing them, and keeping dogs and children away from work areas.

By following these guidelines, you can reduce the risks and environmental impact of painting while also ensuring that your project is executed safely and responsibly.

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