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10 Questions to Ask a Painting Contractor in South Florida

Before you hire a commercial painting contractor in South Florida ask these 10 questions

Asking these 10 questions will help you find the right commercial painter for your high-rise job: 

 Is Your Painting Company Insured?

While pricing may be at the top of your list, hiring an insured contractor is one of the most important factors when selecting a commercial painting contractor. Ask for insurance and call their carrier to confirm it is active. They should have two types of insurance:

Comprehensive Business Liability: This protects your property from damage. Make sure the contractor holds the minimum $1 million liability coverage limit.

Workers’ Compensation: This protects workers and you from liability throughout the duration of the project. It is an expensive investment so be sure that the contractor you choose can show you proof of their coverage. 

 How Long Will the Painting Project Take?

Keeping your tenants happy is as (if not more) important as improving the appearance of your commercial building. It is important to confirm that a work plan has been established for your project and the specific dates set for your property. Is the contractor working on other projects at the same time? If so, know if this will impact the progress on your project. Ask for specifics and get it in writing as you’ll need to inform your tenants of what is going on and when.

 When is the Work Schedule?

Ask for the daily start and end times. Will work take place on the weekend? What are the weather contingency plans? Also, ask if any special accommodations need to be made during this time. Do tenants and/or customers need to move their cars? Will any entrances be blocked? Get enough information to effectively communicate project details with your tenants throughout the project duration.

 Who Is On Your Team and What Are Their Qualifications?

Many painting companies use subcontractors rather than employees since they are more cost-effective. But subcontractors pose a liability for you. Cheap labor often compromises quality; background checks are usually not run, and it’s likely that the contractor does not have Workers’ Compensation insurance for them. Hire a contractor whose team is made of employees who receive regular training to guarantee the quality of work and the safety of your tenants.

 Who Will Manage My Painting Project?

Have a qualified project manager lead your job if you are not working directly with the owner or estimator. They should provide you with a full scope of work; quality assurance measures; how each phase of the project will be performed; and a detailed walkthrough of the final product.

 What Are Your Safety Precautions? 

Safety is key for both the contractor and the client. Choose a company that has an established safety protocol and training program. Ask for a safety policy. Haphazard work practices can result in damage to your property and increase your liability.

 How Do You Ensure a Clean Worksite?

This is particularly important for buildings that will be occupied during the project. Ask who is in charge of clean up, what happens to the trash at the end of the day, how will the area be protected, etc. Make sure you and the contractor share the same standards when it comes to a clean worksite.

 What Quality of Paint and Materials Do You Use?

Lower quotes are tempting, but they often come at a cost. The quality of paint, stains and other materials will impact the way your building looks and how long your paint lasts. Get in writing what types of products will be used to make sure cheaper substitutes aren’t being made during the project.

 How Will the Supplies Be Stored?

No one likes surprises, so be sure to ask how and where supplies will be stored at the end of the day. The last thing you want is to see cans and other materials lying around your property or blocking walkways.

What Does Your Warranty Cover?

Make sure your investment is protected. Trust that the company you are working with will be in businesses throughout the duration of the warranty. One to three-year warranties is most common as this is when most damage occurs. Also, note what is not covered. Labor and materials should be covered for defects. Get everything in writing.

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 (561) 670-2653.

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Tips for Hiring A Commercial Painting Contractor in South Florida

How to Hire a Commercial Painting Contractor in South Florida

If you own or manage a commercial property in South Florida, keeping your building looking its best is key to ensuring tenants are satisfied while also safeguarding your investment. One quick and easy improvement that can make a big impact is a fresh coat of paint to the exterior and interior. This is a big job, so finding a commercial painting contractor you trust should be at the top of your to-do list. With more than 30 years of experience in commercial painting, A-1 Tropic Painting & Waterproofing has repainted buildings of all shapes and sizes. We’ve gathered a few of our top tips to finding the right painting contractor for your commercial building:

Do Your Research When Searching for a Commercial Roofing Company

The first step to finding the right contractor for you is to determine your options. The easiest way to do this is with a quick internet search for terms like “commercial painting company near me.” With a few names at your fingertips, you can begin plugging them into Yelp and reviewing their websites for testimonials and other information that can give you a feel for the quality of their work. Word of mouth is another important tool that will help you in your search. Ask your peers for recommendations and look at new buildings going up in your neighborhood for potential contractors. Local business directories and chamber publications are other helpful resources. Once you have your list of candidates, call them for an estimate and schedule a time to meet on-site to discuss the project.

Ask Questions When You Speak To The Painting Contractor

Prepare for your interview with the prospective candidates by writing down a few questions that will help you determine the quality of services they provide. As we like to say, “Quality is a Fact!” True quality isn’t an opinion but rather something that cannot be disputed. Ask for photos. Look for specifics that paint (no pun intended) a picture of the quality of their work by asking questions like:

  • How many years of experience do they have in painting commercial buildings?
  • What type of paint does the contractor intend on using?
  • How many coats will be used?
  • How will you protect the areas that will not be painted?
  • How will you ensure the safety of employees/tenants and property in occupied buildings?
  • How long will the job take?
  • How will my tenants be impacted during this time?

Finally, make sure to ask for references from the past 5 years.

Compare Painting Contractor Quotes

Once you narrow down your top candidates and take a close look at their quotes. Did they capture the entire scope of your project? After speaking with their references, do they have the experience and resources to successfully tackle your project on schedule and budget. With many options for commercial painters in South Florida, it is tempting to go for the less expensive option, but the old adage, “you get what you pay for,” sometimes rings true. Make sure that the lower quotes do not sacrifice quality to win over competitors, and always check their credentials, licensing, etc.

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 (561) 670-2653.

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5 Signs Your Commercial Building Needs Re-Painting

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Does the exterior of your commercial building need to be repainted? View our top signs below.

Living in the Sunshine State has its perks. Plenty of sunshine year-round and fresh, crisp ocean air are just a few of them. But when it comes to your commercial building, these perks can often turn into big problems. Blistering heat, saltwater in the air, and frequent summer storms take their toll on your commercial building, causing costly damage, not to mention an unsightly appearance for your building. In addition to protecting your building and tenants, a fresh repaint also increases curb appeal, creating a welcoming business environment.

Repainting your building is a smart business move, as it can provide a new look and brand for your business that gets you noticed. Now is the perfect time to inspect your building for possible exterior damage. Before cracks and rot set in, look for these 5 signs that will tell you its time to hire a commercial painting contractor:

  1. Mold, Mildew or Algae
    Excess moisture in the air from high humidity and rain can cause mold and other issues that quickly spread. In addition to stains and odors, be on the lookout for black or green patches of mold beneath the surface, and small black dots on the surface (mildew). Algae is more common than mold and has a similar look but is much easier to remove. If you notice any of these, take immediate action to safeguard your tenants.
  2. Bubbling
    Pockets of air underneath the paint create bubbles on the wall and are signs of water damage.
  3. Peeling or Chipping
    Weather takes its toll on the parts of your building without paint or sealants and spreads. When paint peels back or chips, it lets water and sunlight hit the bare siding, which causes damage.
  4. Dry Rot
    Dry rot happens when fungus from moisture grows underneath walls and floors. If left untreated, it can spread and wreak damage on your commercial building’s foundation. Quality primer and caulk added before repainting adds a barrier between the paint and building, helping account for temperature variations and preventing dry rot.
  5. Fading and Chalking
    The Florida sun’s UV rays take a toll on commercial buildings. A telltale sign of this is uneven coloring on your exterior walls. Old painting also becomes chalky over time and the powdery paint comes right off. Buildings that are directly exposed to sunlight usually require repainting once every three years.

Typical commercial industry standards recommend exterior repainting every 3-5 years, an interior painting once every 5 years and maintenance touch-ups at least once a year. This is important because of the paint:

• Protects the exterior
• Protects from water damage
• Protects from sun damage
• Prevents damage from termites and rodents
• Extends the lifetime of your siding

If you have experienced any of these signs of water damage to your building, its time to contact a commercial painting company to prevent further damage. 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. See our references,click here and give us a call at (561) 670-2653.