No two commercial paint projects are the same, meaning there must be different paint types and finishes depending on the application. Choosing the right commercial paint can be downright overwhelming unless you do some research first.
Start With the Basics
Here are some factors to keep in mind as you consider your options.
Surface area: This is arguably the most important number to start with. Paint manufacturers will suggest how many gallons it will take to cover the square footage you need to paint. Knowing this will give you a better idea of the scope and cost of the project.
Types of paint: Does your project require latex or a satin finish? Do you need a glossy, enameled finish? Having a good idea of what type of paint is required will also go a long way toward choosing the right paint.
Depth of color: Richer, deeper colors and tones require more coverage. This is a significant consideration for exterior commercial paint as exposure and reaction to the weather elements could impact the finished color.
Durability and ease of cleaning: If your project is in a healthcare, childcare, or educational setting, you’ll want to look at types of paint that can be easily cleaned and disinfected. You’ll also want your paint to stand up to frequent cleanings with minimal wear and tear.
Air quality: Some paint types and finishes release volatile organic compounds (VOCs) as fumes. This generally isn’t much of a concern for exterior painting projects, but it does impact air quality during interior paint projects. Look for low- or no-VOC for painting occupied spaces.
Think About Surfaces
The next important step to choosing the right paint type is factoring the surface into your decision. Regardless of what surface you’re covering and which paint type you choose, you shouldn’t skip applying a coat of primer first and foremost. This helps the paint adhere to surfaces better, cover stains, and create a barrier of durability.
Below are the most commonly used paint types and formulations for commercial painting projects and which surfaces they’re best suited for:
Both latex and acrylic paints are water-based and often used for interior projects. It doesn’t require sunlight to cure and dries quickly, making it a good choice for painting office buildings and businesses that can’t afford to close their doors completely. Water-based paints are low-VOC and eco-friendly.
Oil-based paints are also popular but are considered a “premium” paint choice. It’s more durable than water-based paint, and the finish offers an attractive sheen that many people choose for style and aesthetics. Oil-based paint is ideal for high-traffic areas, but it’s harder to clean up in the case of a spill or a mishap.
Floor and Concrete
There are specialty paints and coatings that are designed for floors and concrete surfaces. They are durable, customizable, and help promote workplace safety. Floor painting and concrete finishing can be used to improve a property’s look or add safety guidelines in warehouses or industrial buildings.
How your painted surfaces look after finishing will also impact your decision. There are five major categories of commercial paint finishes that range from flat to glossy: Matte, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and high-gloss. Trust your commercial painting contractor to suggest the finish that works best with your project requirements.
Work With Commercial Painting Experts
Whether you are an office building, hospital, or large construction project, the question of which paint finish to choose for your commercial painting project can be challenging.
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We can handle everything from the simple to the complex. This includes historic buildings and everything from simple paint projects to specialty surface treatments, faux finishes, and custom printed wallpapers. And we are not just painters; we are finishers. That means taping, wallcovering, Venetian plaster, marbling, and other cool stuff. Just tell us what you need, and we will make it happen.
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