Criteria For Facility Managers’ Commercial Painting Jobs

By Jennifer Burroughs

Facility managers are responsible for the daily maintenance of the interior and exterior of buildings. They often have to wear lots of hats to their work and need to maintain the appearance of a facility while ensuring that it provides a suitable working environment for residents. It’s easy to imagine that no two days look alike to these professionals. And every organization can have its own requirements or different occupancy problems. Facility managers therefore have numerous and varied requirements for the commercial painting work they commission. Either way, there are common criteria that maintenance professionals should consider in order to make paint projects a lasting success.

Approaching the project

First of all, it is important to assess the scope of the project to determine the resources needed.

Facility painting projects can range from minor touch-ups and maintenance to a full interior or exterior painting. The former is usually done by a facility’s in-house team, while the latter often requires additional outside help from a painter.

The next step is to measure the overall environment of the area to be painted. Is it a high-traffic area like a hallway or kitchen or a less-used area like a conference room? How is this space used and what is the level of abuse on painted surfaces? Will the area be closed to residents during the actual painting?

The answers to these and other questions will help determine the level of surface preparation required and ensure the correct product selection.

From easy maintenance to great appearance to a long-lasting and lasting finish, there are several considerations that professionals must consider in order to achieve the desired painting results. Protecting the health and safety of painters and residents is also an important factor.

Surface preparation
Proper surface preparation is the most important step in ensuring a successful paint project that has a desirable finish over a long period of time. Parameters such as the current condition of the surface, the size and use of the area to be painted can dramatically affect the steps to properly prepare the surface, as well as the product selection for the desired results.

commercial paintingProduct performance
Another important aspect of any facility painting project is product performance. Choosing a high quality, premium paint product can help ensure the job is done correctly the first time and maintain its original integrity. While premium offerings may require more upfront investment, these help minimize the need for ongoing maintenance and labor costs over time.

The most important product features that enable an optimal application and an optimal finish include good washability (for cleaning), stain blocking (for application on stained or marked areas), a low-volatile organic compound (VOC) / low odor (for painting in occupied rooms) and quick drying (to reduce the total downtime of a space).

For example, there is a low VOC formula product on the market that feels dry to the touch in 15-20 minutes and offers excellent adhesion and excellent resistance to early blockage for greater productivity. This makes it ideal for multiple maintenance applications.

It is also important to use a trusted applicator for the job. Choosing a universal product that can be easily applied by both experienced and skilled painters will help ensure its correct application and reduce working hours. Paints that offer spatter-free application and good dry skin are candidates here.

Once you understand that color directly affects mood, the colors you choose will be most effective when they are appropriate for the functionality and use of the environment. For example, in high-traffic areas like hallways, choose more neutral colors that will be easier to maintain over time. While bright colors can act as nice accents for entrances, lobbies, or conference rooms, they may need touching up or repainting more frequently if subjected to severe abuse.

health and safety
Maintaining indoor air quality is critical for projects that take place during operating hours and / or in occupied areas. Look for low VOC, low odor products that maintenance professionals can use to paint in occupied spaces without interfering with daily activities.

GREENGUARD-certified products offer additional protection for air quality during and after painting.

All of these and other factors should be carefully considered when starting a new paint project.

J_Burroughs_PPGBurroughs is Senior Product Manager for PPG Architectural Coatings. She has been with PPG for 11 years and has held a variety of roles including product management and technical service. In addition, she has been in the paint industry for 20 years and gained her first experience by working as a painter for her father at a young age. Burroughs is a graduate of Trine University in Angola, IN, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree with two majors in chemistry and environmental science and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.

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