Repaint the Exterior of My Business. Curb appeal isn’t just for homes. SmithPro Commercial Painting business owners also need to be vigilant about the aesthetic of their buildings and surrounding property. Potential customers will form a split-second first impression of your business based on intangibles like your merchandising, your signage, and even the condition your paint is in. Seconds count, so make sure you’re putting your best face forward. SmithPro Commercial Painting has many years of experience helping businesses look their best, and here we’ll share when it’s time to repaint the exterior of your business.
When It’s Time to Repaint
The first consideration for commercial painting is the condition your business is currently in. There are a few common paint condition issues that let you know when it’s time to call a commercial painting contractor.
Cracked and Missing Paint
Over time, paint that’s exposed to the elements can crack and chip. If you don’t repaint, the problem will spread as water and ice infiltrate the layers of paint.
Bubbling and Peeling
Moisture can get under painted surfaces. This often happens at unpainted areas, or in places where two types of surfaces join — for example, the transition between a door or window frame and the siding or concrete wall of a building. The moisture can cause the paint to blister and peel.
The painted surface may remain unbroken, with no cracking or peeling. However, a closer look — or a quick brush with your fingertips — can reveal another problem. Chalking is when the paint takes on a matte look and leaves a powder or residue on your fingers. That’s a sign that the paint is worn and not protecting the surface as well as it should.
Fading and Discoloration
Sunlight also degrades paint quality. It’s most apparent with bright or saturated colors. If you notice that the paint has faded or changed color, it’s time to repaint.
Growths on Your Paint
Especially in areas with poor sunlight and high moisture, it’s not uncommon to see something growing on the paint surface. If the paint is still in good condition, growths of mildew, algae, mold, and even moss can be remedied with a power washer and the right cleaner. If it’s left untreated, it can both stain and damage the paint; if there’s cracking, flaking, or peeling, we don’t suggest power washing because the pressure can strip the paint and damage the surface.
How Long Should an Exterior Paint Job Last?
On average, a painted surface should last from five to ten years, depending on the area being painted. There are a number of variables that can either extend or shorten how long your paint lasts.
- Color Choice: The colors you choose make a difference. While the quality of paints has come a long way over the years, neutrals like white, beige, and gray will look better longer than bright, saturated colors.
- Climate: Consistent bright sunlight can cause quicker fading and discoloration, while exposure to harsh weather — coastal salt spray, or the snow, rain, and grime that are common around eastern Missouri and Western Indiana — can also cause paint to wear faster.
- Underlying Material: Paint on concrete and stucco tends to last longer than a painted wood surface, all else being equal. Certain painted surfaces, like metals and composites, may require special preparation or different paint formulations for a job that lasts — these are choices best made by a painting contractor.
- Quality of Materials: Cheap paint gives cheap, short-lived results. Skimping on materials to save money in the short term will cost you later.
- Correct Preparation: If you’re trying to save money, you may just want to paint directly over the existing layer of paint. Resist temptation, since proper surface preparation keeps the old paint from undermining the quality of the new paint job.
- Quality of Workmanship: Remember that you’re not just paying for materials and labor. You’re also paying for the knowledge your painting contractor brings to the table, so choose one that’s experienced (like SmithPro Commercial Painting).
With so many considerations, it’s easy to see why it’s important to choose the right commercial paint contractor for your business. In the greater St. Louis area, that’s us! Contact SmithPro Commercial Painting today to request a quote.