3 Factors That Determine The Cost Of Exterior Painting

If the paint on your commercial property's exterior succumbs to elements and peels or fades, you can apply a fresh coat of paint to restore its appeal. A paint update also boosts the property's value, so you are sure to fetch top dollar if you decide to sell your business in the future. The million-dollar question is, how much does it cost to paint your commercial property's exterior? 

Check out the factors that painting contractors consider to price your painting project. 

Size and Age of Your Property

The size of your property determines the amount of time, labor, and paint the painting contractor will need to get the job done. For instance, the more the square footage of the painted surface, the more labor, time, and paint it will take. The paint job will likely cost more as a result.

The height of the exterior walls also matters. Tall buildings with hard-to-reach areas need skilled personnel and equipment to paint. The painters may need a boom lift or scaffolding and other safety tools to do the job.

Again, if you have an older commercial property (built before 1978), the chances are that the external surface of your property has lead-based paint. Your painter has to remove the lead paint before applying a new coat, which means extra labor. All these factors inflate the painting cost. 

Prep Work

Surface preparation is vital to ensure the new coat adheres well. Firstly, the painting contractor may need to power-wash the exterior to remove dirt and debris stuck on the surface. If rot exists on the wood siding, your commercial painting contractor will need to fix it before painting to achieve a smooth finish. 

To repaint a previously painted surface, your painter has to first scrape off flaking paint and sand the surface. If cracked areas exist, they can fill them with an exterior grade filler and sand them. For metal surfaces, sanding is also vital to remove rust. The worse the condition of the surface scheduled for painting, the more the prep work, which ultimately drives up the cost of the painting project.

Paint Type and Quality

Depending on your budget, you can opt for either low-priced or high-quality paints. Although you don't break the bank for low-priced paints, the surface may need more coats to cover your exterior. On the other hand, the most expensive paints are thick and offer more coverage to your exterior. 

Although high-quality paints have a higher upfront cost, the paint job is more durable and needs fewer coats. Also, expect the project's cost to increase if you use multiple paint colors. More paint colors mean more time and labor, hence higher project costs.  

If you plan to update your commercial property's exterior paint, keep in mind the above factors so you can budget accordingly. Talk to a commercial painter to learn more. 

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