It’s time to repaint your building and you have a decision to make: should I hire a professional painting contractor or do it myself? While some enjoy DIYing a painting project, it can be highly beneficial to leave the painting to the experts, especially when painting a commercial building. Painting an entire building is a large and daunting task not everyone should take on, Since you want your building to make a good impression on customers, it might be worthwhile to consider hiring a professional. In this article, we will look at the pros and cons of hiring a professional painting contractor or DIYing the job.

The Painting Timeline

When you DIY a paint job, that timely entirely depends on how much extra time outside your full schedule you can devote to the task. It can take a week or two to get the entire building painted, or even longer if you’re trying to squeeze it into weekends or evening hours. Since you are juggling running your business with painting the building, it can take much longer than it would for a team of professional painters. Dragging the project out over time can increase your stress about getting the project finished. You might have good intentions by choosing to DIY the project, but between running a business and your personal life, things can come up that will slow you down or delay the project.

If you hire a professional painting contractor instead, they can get the painting done in half the time that you can DIYing it. You also will not need to worry about life getting in the way of the painting since it is not just you doing the painting on your own. Having a professional painting contractor paint your commercial building also ensures you have a polished finished product created with high-quality materials.

The Quality of Painting

Many people think a coat of paint is a coat of paint, but that is not necessarily the case. There is skill involved in painting different things, and the type and quality of paint matters, too. Painting interior walls versus exterior walls, stucco versus wood walls or drywall, and even kitchen cabinets requires a different skill set and types of paint. Do you know how to paint walls without getting paint on the ceiling? What about keeping paint off the walls when you are painting the ceiling?

It takes a lot more work and skill than you think to get a building painted. Since this is for your business, you do not want obvious mistakes in the paint job.

A professional painting contractor knows exactly what they need to do to complete a job and ensure it looks professional, not amateurish and sloppy.  They also know how to correct any mistakes they may make.

DIY Doesn’t Come with a Warranty

Here’s a scenario: you DIY your building’s paint job and think it looks pretty good and has saved you money. Three months later, the paint is starting to peel. You now need to determine what went wrong with your painting so you can redo it, which costs you more time and money.

When you hire a professional painting contractor, you know that not only will you get professional quality of work, but you will have peace of mind knowing if anything happens with the paint in your building, the company can come back and fix it. The warranty a professional painter provides is a good reason to consider hiring a professional painting contractor to complete your commercial building’s painting project.

The Cost of Painting Contractor vs. DIY Painting

A can of paint is pretty cheap, but those cheap cans of paint are usually not the highest quality or the best choice for your project. Paint is truly the case where you get what you pay for. High-quality paint can be expensive, especially if you are painting an entire building, inside and out. It can also be hard to figure out how much paint you need, so people often either buy too much, wasting money, or not enough, and have to go back to the store to get more. A professional painter knows how much paint they should need for the job.

When you think of the price of painting a building, the first thing that comes to mind is the price of a can of paint. However, there is a lot more to it than just buying the paint. You also need ladders to reach the high points, multiple types of brushes, rollers, blue tape, masking tape, a tape measurer, extension poles, drop cloths, tarps, paint trays, a tray liner, scrapers, putty, sandpaper, caulking guns, and spackle. The price tag for all of these items overall is often about the same as it would have been if you hired a professional painting contractor instead of DIYing it.

Additionally, since you are painting your commercial building, you may have to close while painting, which will cost you money in the long run. Even if you do not close, you might have to devote more time to painting than other aspects of the business, which can end up costing you more than you saved by DIYing your paint job.

Reduce the Stress

A lot more goes into a painting project for a commercial building in the San Francisco Bay Area than just putting some paint on the walls. Since you are running your own business, you have enough on your plate without worrying about painting your office building. The stress of an ongoing DIY project the size of a building can be enough of a hassle to make you change your mind. Consider hiring a professional painting contractor to complete the job for you.

Magnum Drywall has an expert team of professional painters who can complete your Bay Area commercial building painting project in a timely manner and make it stand out. If you are considering hiring professional painters, contact Magnum Drywall today to discuss your project and get started.