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How to Specify Paint for a Commercial or Institutional Facility




By Gabe Nelson

Painting a commercial or institutional facility is not always about improving the look of the building. Most of the time, paint is used for functional purposes like these:

1. Paint helps indicate the purpose of specific areas in the building. 

With paint, you can easily indicate the purpose of a certain area in the building. For example, the receiving area of a building might be painted with bright colors to express a welcoming vibe to visitors or walk-ins. Likewise, brighter colors and stripes can indicate that customers and employees often walk in this area, so traffic is dense. Paint can also indicate pinch points or inclines. 

2. Paint creates pathways and crossing points.

Another function of paint is for creating pathways and crossing points. Using clear paints on walkways promotes safety and efficiency. On the other hand, bold colors, such as red, can be used in areas with emergency exits or fire extinguishers. 

Only experienced and skilled professional commercial and institutional facility painters can do this kind of paint job with efficiency and safety. 

3. Paint improves visibility.

Paint can also improve visibility and brightness inside the environments of a facility. With the right paint color, a dark facility can look much brighter. A brighter interior can reduce the amount electricity needed for lighting, and that can help reduce energy costs.

4. Paint provides protection and safety.

The right paint system can protect the facility and people inside with from specific stressors like abrasion, dirt, moisture, UV radiation, and high temperatures. 

Tips on Choosing Paint for an Institution or Commercial Facility

There are specific paint types and colors used when painting a building. Here are a few:

1. Opt for light shades.

Commercial and institutional facilities are often dark. Think of spaces that don’t have windows. One strategy to solve this problem is using light shades of paint. This will increase the amount of light being reflected inside the facility. What’s more, a bright colored room looks better and more appealing. 

2. Use the right paint color and gloss level.

Using the right paint color and gloss level on your commercial or institutional facility can serve two purposes. The first is that it can boost your curb appeal; the second is that your business will look better maintained and more professional. A well-polished building will be more appealing to customers. 

3. Choose high-quality coating products.

Substandard quality of paint and coating products may tend to wear easily, especially when the facility is located in areas with extreme weather exposure. Investing in high-quality paint and coating products will ensure that a paint system will last for a long time. 

4. Consider going “green.”

Commercial painting jobs require a lot of paint. Paint odor can be a nuisance if the  paint contains high amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs can affect air quality and can be dangerous to people’s health. That is why it is highly recommended to go for paint and coating materials with low VOCs. Greener coatings are readily available on the market today. 

When planning a paint project on a commercial and institutional facility, consider hiring professionals to make sure painting is done the way it should be. Painting a commercial and institutional facility is not a simple do-it-yourself project. It requires the right skill and knowledge to deliver nothing less than a quality result.

Gabe Nelson is a content specialist with more than seven years of experience, currently working for Omega Industries.


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posted on 4/15/2019