Metal buildings are largely popular as commercial property for several reasons, including lower maintenance requirements and increased durability. They can be built to suit many uses, including warehouses, industrial facilities, storage facilities, and even office buildings. Metal buildings are also much more resilient in the face of weather and climate exposure – if they’re consistently and properly maintained, including regular paint jobs.
Why Paint Metal?
One of the most significant benefits of painting a metal building may be the most obvious: It looks good! Over time, paint on metal can fade and crack, making it look like the building owner couldn’t care less about the curb appeal. To attract customers or tenants, the building needs to look great before anyone even steps inside.
Another reason to paint? It helps to deter rust from forming and spreading. The proper coatings and paint formulations create a barrier between the metal building and any moisture, keeping rust at bay. There are also paint coatings that improve the energy efficiency of the building – a huge advantage when that metal building may be climate controlled or even without major HVAC systems.
Prepping and Painting Metal Buildings
One of the most critical factors in the success of a commercial painting job is preparing the surface to be painted, and that’s especially true for metal buildings. Not only does all the old paint need to be scraped off, so too does the rust. If there’s any remaining when the new paint is applied, it won’t fully adhere, and the paint’s longevity could be impacted.
Metal buildings are then cleaned and primed with a rust-inhibiting primer. The paint used next depends on the type of metal being painted. Galvanized metal needs paint designed for zinc-coated surfaces, oil-based paints should be used on ferrous metal, and painting over enamel requires a different approach altogether.
Working With the Professionals
Painting metal buildings is a complex and multi-step process that takes experience and expertise and is best left to the professionals. Exterior paint is often the first impression someone gets of your business, but we will get it right, fast, and efficiently. Make sure you’re asking the right questions when researching commercial paint contractors:
- Can you explain what equipment, techniques, and materials you use? What paint brand or manufacturer would you use for my project? Transparency is key here, and knowing this information helps with care and maintenance.
- Do your employees have the appropriate licenses, certifications, or credentials? How many people will be assigned to my project? Like you would vet your other employees for safety, you should do the same with your contractors.
- How often and by what means will you communicate with me? How important and/or flexible are deadlines? This is key — communication is what keeps the project running smoothly and without costly surprises.
- Do you have insurance or a guarantee? Can you provide me with a few references? We can’t stress this enough. It’s easy for a painting professional to tell you about their past projects, but checking them out for yourself can give you the peace of mind you need to assess their work accurately.
The Bottom Line
Ready to see how a new commercial paint project can transform your metal building and protect it from exposure to the elements? Work with a contractor who can tick off all the boxes! We’ve painted everything from operating rooms to City Foundry, as well as just about everything in between. Our team will come in and get it done quickly and leave nothing behind but the paint on the walls — contact us today to get started!