What to Ask When Hiring a Commercial Painting Contractor?

When it’s time to hire a commercial painting contractor, you want a fair price and high-quality work from a commercial painter you can trust. We have all heard horror stories about contractors, so you must do your due diligence to ensure you are making the best decision.

Here are seven questions you need to ask to find the best commercial painting contractor.

7 Questions for Commercial Painters

1. What Experience Do You Have?

Commercial painting is far different from residential painting, and it takes experience to learn the best practices to work safely and efficiently.

Look for an experienced commercial painting contractor like Ghaster Painting & Coatings, with more than 45 years of experience handling commercial and industrial painting jobs. That experience pays off for you in many ways, including:

  • Accurate estimates
  • High-quality work that will last a long time
  • Projects completed on time
  • Intimate knowledge of best practices
  • High awareness of safety protocols

2. Have You Done Similar Projects?

If possible, you want to work with a commercial painter that has done work on projects similar to yours. Ask to see a photo gallery of their work to get an idea of their painting projects.

3. Who Will Be Doing the Work?

Even if a commercial painting contractor has been around for a long time, you still want to make sure your painting crew is experienced, too. They are the ones that will be doing the hands-on work at your facility.

You may want to avoid companies that subcontract painting or use day laborers. They may not be trained or skilled in best practices. When you work with Ghaster Painting & Coatings, only full team members will handle the painting duties, and most have been with the company for 10 years or longer.

Because your commercial facility is a significant investment, you want to make sure every crew member has passed a background check, drug screening, and OSHA safety training.

4. What Materials Do You Use?

You cannot afford to use low-quality materials to save a few dollars. Some contractors will opt for cheaper products so they can give you a low bid, but you will pay the price in the end. Low-quality paint products simply do not hold up as well, meaning you are likely to have to repaint more often.

Lower-quality materials will also not protect your building as well, increasing the chances of structural damage and increased wear and tear.

5. Can I Check Your License and Insurance?

Any reputable commercial painter will be happy to show you their license, insurance, and warranty. It is a good idea to independently verify it to ensure licensing and insurance are current.

You can check with the Arizona Registrar of Contractors to verify licensing. It should go without saying that you should never work with an unlicensed contractor. Unfortunately, some people do. Unlicensed contractors would be a significant liability to you, especially if someone gets hurt on the job. The contractor may not have workers comp insurance.

While you are at the Registrar’s website, you can also check if there are outstanding complaints against the business.

You should also call the company’s insurance carrier to verify the insurance and run it by your carrier to ensure it provides adequate coverage.

6. What Warranty Do You Offer?

You want to ensure a warranty will cover you if any defects or material failures arise. Get a copy and look carefully at the exclusion and ask follow-up questions if something concerns you.

One other positive to working with a commercial painting contractor with a long track record is that they will be around in the future if you need warranty work.

7. Can You Provide Some References?

One of the best ways to judge someone’s work is to check out other projects firsthand. Ask for references and follow up on them. Other business owners and property managers are generally happy to provide you with an honest assessment.

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