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Does your building show signs that it is time to repaint? See our tips below on when to call a commercial painting contractor.

Do it yourself (DIY) projects are everywhere you look, from TV shows and magazines to Pinterest. But even if you are up for a good challenge, there are some projects that are best left to the professionals. Before you pick up that paintbrush, consider these situations where help from a commercial painter contractor is the better option.

You Have an Old Building

Buildings constructed before 1978 most likely have paint that contains lead. Normal renovation activities like repainting can release the lead in lead-based paint, exposing tenants and others in and around these buildings to dangerous levels of lead. Even minimal exposure can harm those who are exposed regularly, especially young children, unborn children, and pregnant women. Precautions must be taken for complete removal or abatement, which the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines as “permanent containment or encapsulation of” lead-based paint, and should be done by an experienced contractor. Professional contractors use a certified hazardous waste disposal company to ensure the contaminated material is disposed of correctly. If it’s not, you can be charged and possibly fined for illegally trying to dump hazardous materials, so be sure to hire an experienced contractor with credentials and references.

There’s a Lot of Prep Work

With stylish prints and attractive new materials, wallpaper is making a comeback. But there’s one big difference with today’s wallpaper – it’s much easier to remove. New technology like adhesive formulas that peel off walls without leaving a residue is a large part of the appeal now. And there’s a reason for that. If you have an older condominium or other building that has outdated wallpaper, removal can be messy and time-consuming, involving steaming and scraping. Save yourself the headache of removing older wallpaper and use a painting contractor.

Things Are Getting Heavy

Moving heavy furniture can be dangerous, and is definitely not fun. Leave it to the pros to make sure your furniture is protected.

You’re Coming Up Short

Let’s face it – in a commercial building, there are a lot of nooks and crannies to get to and they are often out of reach. Safety is key, so hire a professional to take care of those hard-to-reach spots and everything else.

Your Building Has Character

Decorative moldings, unique lighting fixtures, and detailed railings are design elements that set your building apart from others and give it character. They can also pose an obstacle when adding a fresh coat of paint. In cases like these, hire a professional to ensure a polished look and safeguard your accessories.

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.