Commercial and Residential Painting: What’s the Difference?

There are many types of painters and they all have different purposes. The main purpose of commercial painting is to enhance the appearance of your business property; it also helps in improving its overall look and appeal to customers. The main purpose of residential painting, on the other hand, is to make your home look more appealing and attractive. But what separates the two types of painting other than what structures they paint? What makes commercial painting different from residential painting? Let’s take a look at some of the differences between commercial painting and residential painting.

Residential painting is a process of painting the exterior walls, ceilings, floors and other surfaces of one’s home. Professional painters will do this job in order to make sure that your house looks beautiful and attractive. Residential painting usually involves priming and painting on the walls, ceiling and other areas of your home. This may also include certain decorative items within your home. If you hire a professional painter for this task, it will usually take less time and manpower than a commercial paint job. However, if you feel confident enough, you can DIY this task and have the same great look for less.

In contrast, commercial painting is the process of painting structures of or belonging to a business on a larger scale. The purpose of commercial painting is to create a more attractive appearance for the clients. Commercial painting is also used as a means of enhancing the look and feel of your property. Though the sizes of commercial paint jobs can vary, they are usually larger than residential projects. They also usually require more man power and some specialized equipment to get the job done. Lastly, this type of job is usually catered to functionality for the business and less about looks, though this can also be a point for a commercial paint job.

When it comes to the scale of the job, commercial painting usually has the larger tasks. Commercial painting usually involves entire business structures, with a focus on interior and exterior surfaces. They also focus on the weatherability of the paint job more so than for residential structures to keep business up to a certain safety code. Most homes are usually smaller structures than commercial ones, but there are some that have bigger walls or ceilings. For example, a multi-story home may be on the same scale as a commercial building. However, every structure and customer is different.

Commercial paint projects usually take longer to complete just based on size alone. Commercial projects are completed as soon as the customer needs them done. This usually means that the bulk of the painting is done after business hours or around their schedule so they can retain use of the business in the meantime. For residential structures, the project is usually done during the week and some weekends, as most homeowners will be out of the home during the week, allowing painters to complete the job uninterrupted.

The experience needed for commercial painters versus residential painters can also differ. Commercial painters usually have more experience in painting than residential painters, and they often need to be trained to do so. Commercial painters are not always experienced in painting their own homes but rather work with other businesses that may require them. They also need to remain knowledgeable about commercial building codes and requirements that businesses may need them to meet. Residential painters, on the other hand, may not have as much training, but they are able to be more personable with a resident on their home’s paint job. They can assist the individual customer by helping them choose a color or style that would fit well in their home versus having to stick to a predetermined color or business code. Lastly, commercial painters usually carry more risk than residential painters, so their increased level of training reflects that.

Finally, commercial painters and residential painters complete different types of projects:

  • Residential
    • Wall painting
    • Ceiling painting
    • Cabinet painting
    • Wallpaper installation and removal
    • Sealing wall cracks
    • Garage/deck/porch painting and staining
    • Exterior painting
    • Some small home repairs
  • Commercial
    • Power washing
    • Painting of churches and hotels
    • HOA painting
    • Brick waterproofing 
    • High-durability coatings
    • Masonry coating

In summary, commercial painting and residential painting both require a lot of work and skill. They both focus on bringing beauty and functionality to buildings and surfaces using paint and stains. They mainly differ based on the types of structures they work on and the time it takes to do such projects. If you are looking for a commercial or residential painting company, call JMA Painters! Their team is highly skilled, trained, and experienced in all aspects of painting and are ready to serve you!

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