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Commercial Painting: What Should Consider About Your Building?

If you need to paint the outside of your building soon, you may hire a residential painter to do the job for you. Although a residential painter can improve the appearance of your building, they may not possess the tools and services to do everything you need. You may actually need a general contractor to paint and service your building. Below are things you should consider before you paint your commercial building.  

What Should You Consider About Your Building?

Commercial buildings require more than paint to improve their appearance. Commercial buildings come in a variety of porous materials, including concrete blocks and brick. Porous materials can soak up large quantities of liquid, including paint. Porous materials require special precautions and preparations before you paint over them. 

A general contractor can take many steps to prepare your building for painting, including cleaning the exterior. Years of dirt, insect casings, and other contaminants can cake the surface of your building. If you don't remove the debris from your building's walls before you paint them, it can show through the paint after it dries.

A contractor may also need to sandblast the surface of your building before they paint it. Sandblasting is a technique used to strip paint and other old debris from the surfaces of concrete, metal, and other materials. Sandblasting ensures the surface of a structure is smooth and free of anything that can mar it in the future. If your building contains rusted metal poles or posts, sandblasting can bring the materials back to life. 

A general contractor can also use other techniques and services to improve the appearance of your building, including paint stamping and stenciling. If you want to create unique designs on your building when you paint it, a contractor can use paint stamping and stenciling to do so. 

How Can a General Contractor Assist You?

A general contractor will need to evaluate your building before they paint and service it. A contractor can use the evaluation to determine whether or not your building requires a simple cleaning or sandblasting. If your building's concrete, bricks, or other materials contain thick debris, a general contractor may sandblast it for you.

A general contractor will also help you choose the colors for your building's paint. A contractor will use also help you select a coating for your paint, such as epoxy. Epoxy not only adds shine to commercial paint, but it may also increase the paint's life span. A contractor can go over the types of coatings they can use to protect your building after they paint it.

Learn more about commercial exterior painting by contacting a general contractor today.