Do you Live in a Condominium or High-Rise Building in South Florida? See Our Checklist for Condo Re-Painting Projects.

The decision to repaint a condo is usually made by an association, so reaching a consensus when it comes to color, cost and work plan may be difficult. But one thing everyone can agree on is the need for a quality and professional paint job. To maintain your residents’ investment, here is a checklist of things for condo associations to keep in mind when beginning a repainting project:

Involve the Owners

A home is one of the biggest investments a person can make, so continued maintenance is important to most homeowners. Before you choose a commercial painting contractor, communicate with owners your vision, scope of work, the process for selecting a condo painter, and involve them in the process of selecting colors. If their daily lives will be impacted in any way, make your residents aware well in advance. A fresh coat of paint can also bring attention to other areas that are looking drab so consider any additional services, like pressure cleaning, that may be needed.

Know The Type of Paint You Want to Use

The old adage is true: You get what you pay for. High-quality paint produces high-quality results. Decide which paint manufacturer you would like to use. The best way to do this is by asking colleagues, other commercial building owners, partners or industry experts. Once you have selected a preferred manufacturer, your next step is to find a commercial painting contractor, preferably one who is familiar with applying your paint of choice. It’s always best to ask for referrals from colleagues and/or ask your prospective condo painters for references and follow up with them. Also, try to find a condo painter who offers ton waterproofing in case issues are spotted during the project. If your building is a high-rise, look for painters who specialize in high-rise painting.

Find a Full-Service Company

Save yourself time by hiring a full-service painting company that also offers additional services like pressure cleaning and concrete repairs. These services are essential in preparing the building’s surface and ensuring a long-lasting paint coating. If there are cracks or leaks to the exterior of your building, a painting company that specializes in waterproofing and sealants is necessary.

Finalize the Contract

The contract is especially important as the project is an investment made by the condo’s HOA. After selecting a commercial painting contractor, read over the terms of the contract carefully. Note the scope of work, project timeline, and that it specifies the type of paint and products that will be used. Make sure any additional services like waterproofing is included.  

Once your project plan is finalized, share it with the residents so everyone is aware of how long the project will take, who will be on-site and what, if any, impact it will have on their daily lives during the duration of the project.

For more than 30 years, A-1 Tropic Painting & Waterproofing has been dedicated to making sure your project is done correctly, on time, every time. Check our references, see our work and give us a call at (954) 370-9707.

Checklist for Hiring a Commercial Painting Contractor in South Florida

The decision to paint your commercial building is one that should not be taken lightly. There’s the cost, potential impact on business, disruptions to employee working conditions, and much more. But there’s no need to fret – we’re here to help! We’ve put our more than 30 years of experience in commercial painting and waterproofing to work for you by creating this handy checklist of things to consider before hiring a commercial painting contractor.

Before you get your business painted, be sure you cover all bases by asking for the following information:

Painting Licenses

All professional commercial painting contractors in Florida must have a contractor license from the Construction Industry Licensing Board. There is no license specific to painting work, so a general license will cover any work done. This contractor’s license can be for residential work, commercial work or both. The State of Florida has two types of licenses: registered and certified. A registered contractor is licensed to work at a local level. A certified contractor can work anywhere in the state. A painting contractor should have at least 4 years of working experience and must have passed the state certification exam. In order to obtain the license, a contractor is required to:

  • Show proof of at least 4 years of experience
  • Pass the state certification exam
  • Show proof of Workers’ Compensation if you have employees

Bonding

A Florida Contractor License Bond is often required by the State of Florida and its local municipalities of general, electrical, roofing, HVAC, and other types of contractors. The Florida Contractor License Bond typically seeks to ensure that a contractor will adhere to state statutes and local municipal codes. Some forms of these bonds are often referred to as Florida Code Compliance Surety Bonds.

Insurance

Insurance not only protects the painting contractor but it also prevents you from being held responsible for any injuries occurred during the project. General liability insurance protects paint contractors from bodily injury and property damage claims. Another must-have is the Workers’ Compensation which covers employees’ job-related injuries. Contractors are required to make certain that all sub-contractors have the required Workers’ Comp Insurance before they begin work on a project.

Quality of Materials

The quality of paint and other materials used will determine how professional your finished product looks. Have the brand names of the paint in writing, as well as any other materials used, and check that all cans are sealed before they’re opened for use on your project.

Check References

Reputation matters. Be sure to not only get the names of recommendations from your contractor but ask for work samples and follow up with customer recommendations to make sure they are a good fit. Ask them about the experience and professionalism of the team, if expectations were met, etc.

Satisfaction Guarantee

Once the project is complete, confirm that an inspection will be conducted with the contractor to ensure the end product meets and exceeds your expectations. If it doesn’t, clarify if they have a “satisfaction guaranteed” process.

Value

While it can be tempting to save money and go for the lowest bid, make sure the contractor is not sacrificing quality in order to come in with the lowest bid, which is, unfortunately, a common practice. Ask about the qualifications of the team who will be working on your project, materials used, who will be leading the project, etc. A professional painting company will provide you with a solid work plan.

For more than 30 years, A-1 Tropic Painting & Waterproofing has been dedicated to making sure your project is done correctly, on time, every time. Check our references, see our work and give us a call at (954) 370-9707.

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