When it comes to painting commercial properties, cost and quality are two factors that are always at odds with each other. Business owners and property managers continually strive to get the best quality painting job possible while keeping the costs low. However, in reality, you can’t have both. The cost of hiring a professional commercial painting contractor may seem steep, but the investment in quality services pays off in the long run.
Why You Shouldn’t Cut Corners on Commercial Painting
A commercial property is a significant investment, and you want to ensure that it looks its best at all times. It’s also the first thing that customers see when they visit your location. The appearance of your property speaks volumes about your business, and a shoddy paint job can negatively affect your brand image.
Cutting corners on commercial painting is never a good idea. While you may save a few bucks in the short term, you’ll end up paying a lot more in the long run. A subpar painting job will not only affect the look of your property but can also lead to a host of other problems.
For example, a poorly applied paint job can lead to paint flaking and peeling. This not only looks unattractive but can also result in damage to the underlying surfaces. When the paint peels, moisture can seep into the walls, causing mold and mildew. This can be a significant health hazard, especially if you have employees working or residents living in the affected area.
Additionally, if you don’t use high-quality paint, you’ll find that it chips and fades quickly. This means you’ll need to repaint your property sooner than expected, which can be costly. Overall, saving up for a high-quality project is better than wasting your time and money on a project that won’t last.
How Can I Estimate the Cost of a Commercial Painting Contractor
Whether you are completing an interior or exterior painting project, the same factors go into getting a rough estimate of how much the project will cost: paint, labor, and time.
Cost of the Paint, Primer, and Sealant
First, let’s do the math on the amount of paint you will need. To figure this out, you will need to determine the total square feet of painting that needs to be done. To do this, follow the following formula.
Length x Width = Wall Square Feet
You will repeat this process for every wall you are going to paint. For example, it might look like this:
- 25 x 20 = 500 square feet for Wall A
- 15 x 25 = 375 square feet for Wall B
- 35 x 40 = 1,400 square feet for Wall C
You will keep going with this for every wall. In the end, add it all up. In this case, we have 2,275 square feet of wall space to paint. This is assuming they are just big walls, but that is rarely the case. Most walls have doors, windows, or both, taking away from the overall square footage. Therefore, you must subtract the size of doors and windows from the total. Again, you will use the same length multiplied by width formula. For example,
- 6 x 2 = 12 square feet for Door A
- 4 x 4 = 16 square feet for Window B
- 3 x 2 = 6 square feet for Window C
In total, this removes 34 square feet from the total painting space, leaving 2,241 square feet to be painted. Now that you have the total space, you can calculate the amount of paint you need. On average, one gallon of paint will cover about 300 square feet. In this case, you would need 8 gallons of paint (2,241 / 300 = 7.47).
However, it is essential to remember that, depending on the painting project, you may need to paint with a primer and a sealant. Therefore, you will need 8 gallons of each. With high-quality commercial-grade paint, primer, and sealant running between $50 to $75 a gallon, we can expect the paint alone to cost $1200 to $1800.
Cost of Painting Contractor Labor
Once you know how large your painting project will be (which we figured out when calculating the paint quantity), the math to estimate the price of labor is a bit faster to figure out.
The industry standard for professional painters is around $50 to $100 an hour, and on average, an experienced painter can cover about 200 square feet an hour. The price will shift in this range depending on the project’s complexity. Using the example above, we have 2,241 square feet to paint three times – primer, paint, and sealant – for a total of 6,723 square feet. Using the average labor by hour, the math would look like this:
- 6,723 square feet / 200 square feet an hour = 33.62 hours
- 33.62 hours x industry average = $1680 – $3362
In addition to the cost of the painting time, it is critical to remember that there is a significant preparation time that is heavily determined by the condition of the building. Remember, all painting surfaces need to be cleaned and repaired before painting begins.
Why Investing in a High-Quality Commercial Painting Contractor is Worthwhile
When it comes to commercial painting, cost and quality are two factors that need to be carefully balanced. While it may be tempting to cut corners and opt for a cheaper, lower-quality paint job, the long-term costs and risks associated with such a decision far outweigh the immediate cost savings. Instead, investing in a professional commercial painting contractor who provides high-quality services is the best choice for any business owner or property manager.
PaintMaster Services – Your Local Commercial Painting Contractor
If you’re a business owner or property manager looking for a professional commercial painting contractor to help you achieve a flawless paint job for your property, look no further than PaintMaster Services. We are a reputable, experienced, and fully licensed, insured, and bonded commercial painting contractor specializing in delivering high-quality services for various commercial properties.
At PaintMaster Services, we understand the importance of balancing cost and quality in commercial painting. That’s why we use only the highest quality materials and the latest techniques to ensure that your property looks its best and lasts for years to come. We also offer clear communication throughout the project and provide a detailed estimate upfront, so there are no surprises.
So if you’re ready to invest in the long-term health and beauty of your commercial property, contact PaintMaster Services today for a free estimate. Our team of experienced professionals is ready to help you achieve the perfect paint job for your property.