Commercial Painting

June 21, 2017

If you are in need of a commercial painter then you probably don't need to be reminded how important it is to get the right company for the job …  Yes

Well before you pick up the phone and start dialing, you should know the ins and outs of the commercial painting business. What's the difference between commercial painting and industrial painting? What are the costs? Read this full, comprehensive guide on what to expect, and what to ask for when getting your commercial painting job done.


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Commercial Painting By Petrusse Norris Painting, Inc.

What is commercial painting?

When you think of painting, what comes to mind? If it's a couple of guys with a few buckets of paint and some rollers, you're not thinking of commercial painting. There are much more complex requirements that need to be met for it to be considered of a commercial nature.  

When it comes to commercial painting, you think professional—and as such, it is expected to meet strict deadlines. Commercial painters are usually in large numbers with a shorter time frame to get everything done. As a result, commercial painting is most costly than, say, residential painting. Forget everything you know about commercial painting costs from Craigslist and newspaper ads. When you hire the professionals, you can expect an expertly done job. You get what you pay for.

Commercial painting also includes, more often than not, using putty to fill cracks and unsightly crevices along the sides of buildings beforehand. Their services also generally include priming the building which they'll be painting, which adds to the longevity of a good paint job. You can't just slap on a bucket of Behr on the outside of your business; you'll regret it within a couple of months, if not immediately.

Commercial painters also take the risk out for you by climbing on rafters and in harnesses to reach those difficult areas. All in all, commercial painting is a much bigger task than one or two workers can handle and needs to be done professionally.


What buildings are covered by commercial painting?

Small details go a very long way. It's not just about the painters themselves—any painting company can specialize in both, although they are quite different applications. Colors can affect the decisions in minor ways, in terms of coats and the proper primer amount. There are textures to consider, bases, and finishes.

You get just about two options to choose from: oil-based paint, or latex-based paint. Each has their own plusses and minuses, and each needs to be approached differently. Before you even know why type of paint to approach, you need to consult a professional commercial painting company.

Commercial painting can, and should be applied to the following types of buildings.



There's nothing that can undo a bad first impression. Your storefront needs to be inviting and exciting; let your customers know you're open for business and expecting them with professional commercial painted exteriors.



Nothing says “Don't come in” like chipped paint, cracked walls, and an overall crumbly exterior.


Apartment buildings

You need it there to appeal. Potentials residents need to say “Man, I'd love to live there.” You can't do that on a shoestring budget with a few rollers and some hope, but you can hire professionals to take care of the task for you.

The applications of commercial painters are seemingly endless, except when you dip into the industrial side. You should get ideas for how you want your building to be painted, inside or out, and speak with professional commercial painters today to get the ball rolling. They'll be able to get this from being just a concept to actual results that you can see right before you.


The difference between commercial and industrial painting?


Types of jobs

Commercial painting is what you'd expect from the title: for commercial use. Businesses, and so on use commercial painting. However, you get into an entirely different ballgame when you're talking about industrial painting. It's not sheetrocked walls and stucco vinyl, it gets into harsher chemicals and trickier applications. Industrial painting includes volatile jobs such as these:

  • Asphalt
  • Ceramic
  • Concrete
  • Masonry
  • Glass
  • Wood
  • Rubber
  • Metal
  • Fiberglass

You can very well imagine that putting some simple latex paint onto your sidewalk or parking lot wouldn't end well. That's because there are specific applications and methods that need to be used, not to mention high-grade safety, to ensure the task is carried out efficiently and effectively.

Industrial painting also comes with an array of features that very specifically pertain to this industry. Your paints are equipped to be engineering into waterproof paints, fire retardant, and electro-resistive. Now sit back and ask yourself, are those things that you could do on your own?

When considering what you need, it all comes down to the nature of your business. If you're opening an entirely new storefront and need services such as your new parking lot properly painted, you'll need an industrial painting company. Fortunately, Petrusse Norris offers both styles of services under the same professional brand name you trust.


Interior painting

Commercial painting also covers interiors, not just exteriors. While the majority of the time, people hire standard painting companies to cover their interior areas, a commercial painter comes with all the experience of a guru in the painting industry.

Standard interior painting companies tend to use latex-based paint for just about every job, but that's not always the best option. A good company will sit down with you and determine exactly what needs to be done and make professional recommendations based on years of prolific experience in the industry. That isn't to say you don't know what you want, but they will be able to determine the practicality of it. Professionals take absolutely everything into account, so long as you have the basic information, they will be able to guide you through the entire process seamlessly, and worry-free.

Remember earlier when we spoke about them often including priming surfaces as part of their task? Well, not all standard painting companies even bring primer with them to ensure better adhesion to the surface. It's a process in and of itself and isn't just covered with two-in-one buckets that include both primer and paint. You should never leave it up to amateurs; the interior of your building is the second impression your guests will get. Don't leave it up to chance.


Exterior painting

From a business standpoint, you have to think about curb appeal. If your guests are already aware of your service or wares, they'll be coming down to see you. That implies that whatever you did to lure them in work. Nothing is going to spoil that newfound business worse than a crumbly exterior.

Commercial painters can also get jobs done quickly with your needs in mind. Scaffolding and any sort of renovation, aesthetic or otherwise, can greatly hinder the approachability of your business. Don't let customers and potential revenue walk away simply because there is current work going on. If coordinated properly, it can still allure customers without making them feel as though they are in the way or a burden to your business. They should feel appreciated when they walk through your doors; not worried about messing up someone's day or a project.


Why go for Petrusse Norris Painting, Inc.?

Petrusse Norris Painting, Inc. offer a medley of specifications that you're not going to find anywhere else. With 100-percent professionalism in mind at all times, they'll ensure that your job is done appropriately, and within the agreed-upon time constraint.

There are over 25 years of expertise within this company, between commercial and industrial painting. They're the only choice for those who are serious about quality and proper practice.

Safety comes at an all-time high in the eyes of Petrusse Norris. They are aware of the liability and nervousness you feel when deciding to allow dozens of men to assemble scaffolding and climb about your building or buildings. Their top-rated insurance is perfect in the unlikely event of an accident, though their safety records remain nearly accident-free. It's always best to have optimal coverage for any situation.


Commercial painting quotes

Before you whip out your checkbook or refer to a quote you get as outrageous, you need to understand exactly what goes into providing a quote. There are numerous factors that go into deciding just what to charge the client based upon what the costs are going to be, the labor that will be spent, and so on and so forth.

  1. Don't go through a painting brokerage. These are companies that play as the “middle man” between you and a professional company. Any reputable company deals directly with their clients; apart from that, the quote tends to get lost in the mix, meaning you have no idea how much the job actually costs, just what the broker is telling you.
  2. Try and look at the surface space that you're going to want to be covered. Is it the facade of an entire building? If your store is in a strip mall or other enclosed space, are you going to cover up some spots with a banner as opposed to getting it painted? There are a lot of factors for you to take into account just for a quote.
  3. Research just what type of paint you need. This can depend on your geographical location, which determines weather patterns, coloration and the yearly percentage estimation of annual sunlight (Bad paint, as you would get from a unreputable company, can very easily bleach in the sun without much aging and look terrible.) Each type of paint provides its own look, as well. While your customers or guests may be seeing coloration and styling, you need to take into account so much more than that.
  4. If you are working with a professional designer for a specific look, you'll need to confer the details and plans with your head contractor on your commercial painting job. Either that or have the designer on site when the painting process is about to commence, so that he or she may go over the guidelines and specifications with your commercial paint contractor.


Hiring the right contractor

The biggest thing that comes into play when deciding who to go with is referrals. These are the customers that chose this business, most probably at a time when they didn't have any referrals and stuck with their gut. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link; that defines reputation.

When you search for experts in the field, don't be surprised to see smaller companies that talk a good game, but can't deliver when it comes time to. Anyone can talk, anyone can make anything look good on paper: it's the reviews of past clients and the overall reputation of a company that defines its future, and defines the possibility of being hired by you for your next project.


How to spot a bad contractor

It's the modern age. All information about a company, where they operate out of, and everything in between should be available through a website. This includes phone numbers, contact information and in some cases, the name of personnel who will be available to return your phone calls or emails. Professional design is another key factor—you can tell if a website has been designed with the ease of the customer in mind, better determining the validity of the site you are on. When you request a contractor to come to your property and assess your quote, they will be in professional attire, and contact you through the means that you set. Anything outside of this is suspect and should be trodden lightly.

When it comes down to it, if your task fits into any of the parameters above, you'll need a professional commercial painting company to take care of your projects with expertise and the utmost care.

When it comes to large-scale and detailed oriented jobs, there's absolutely no company more skilled and attentive than Petrusse Norris Painting, Inc. With extensive years of experience and a long line of happy customers, it's no wonder why they've dominated the business in terms of quality for years.

The Author | Melissa Petrusse
Melissa Petrusse, President, Petrusse-Norris Painting - Licensed Painting/Decorating Contractor and Color-Expert. Please feel free to reach out to Melissa with any painting project questions, as she is happy to be of service. Simply fill out the Contact Form found on our Contact Page, as Melissa personally receives each request. View More Post from Melissa Petrusse