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Residential vs. Commercial Painting in East Bay: Which Do You Need?

Surprisingly, there are many people who tend to see the residential and commercial painting in East Bay as one and the same. At first glance, residential and commercial painting may appear the same – they are technically “commercial” companies who provide services in exchange for profit.

While there are similarities, the differences between residential and commercial painters have far superseded those similarities.

The scope of the project

Looking at the size of the project, you can quickly see the difference.

Residential painting contractors are involved solely in residential projects, painting houses, apartments, condominiums, townhouses, and other living spaces. They may paint the entire residential building, or only the exterior part of it or only certain areas that need to be renovated and refurbished. Residential painting contractors mostly have a small crew who come to work usually on weekdays.

Commercial painting contractors, on the other hand, are focused mostly on bigger jobs, but they can tackle any project of different sizes. Commercial painting involves almost every type of establishment that runs from smaller retail shops and big shopping complexes to high-rise office spaces and airports. The scope of commercial painting calls for a bigger crew, more complex equipment, and different working shifts to get the job done within the deadline. Commercial painting contractors most likely have a staff devoted only to the organization and planning of the project before it begins. They also coordinate with other contractors as well.

Materials and equipment

As said before, residential painting contractors are focused solely on painting residential projects. For this reason, the materials and equipment they use are only for residential painting – hand brushes, rollers, painting trays, step ladders, drop cloths, cleaning materials, and so on. Residential painting contractors are trained to deal with a variety of surfaces such as textured ones (like stucco), metal and concrete aside from wood. They may even be trained to do light construction work, or popcorn ceiling removal (in older homes).

Commercial painters, on the other hand, have wider experience in dealing with different types of surfaces such as wood, concrete, marble, metal, reinforced plastic, and a lot more. Thus, they use complex equipment such as pressure washers, sand blasters, paint sprays, scaffolding, aerial lifts, and commercial/industrial-grade paints, primers, tints, and other specialty coatings. However, they may also use brushes, drop cloths, and rollers as well.

Job timeline

Residential painters work during weekdays (Monday through Friday). Usually, they work for eight hours a day. However, scheduling may also depend on the customer if he/she wants to get the project done sooner, so painters may also work during weekends by request.

However, scheduling can be quite problematic for businesses, as they also want to stay open for the customers as their own establishments go through a renovation project at the same time. The best commercial painting contractors will be ready to adapt to your schedule so that they can paint your establishment without causing disruptions to the normal flow of your business. This may require working at night, weekends, and holidays.

Many contractors offer only either residential or commercial painting service in East Bay. But there are others who offer both services, and there are some who even provide services for industrial painting jobs. If you are a customer looking for a painter, it's important to know about the differences between residential and commercial painters so you know which is needed for your particular painting project.

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AS OF 2006, THE CONTRACTORS STATE LICENSE BOARD REQUIRES ANY CONTRACTOR THAT DOES HOME IMPROVEMENT WORK EXCEEDING $500.00 TO HAVE A STATE APPROVED CONTRACT SIGNED BY THE HOMEOWNER AND THE COMPANY THAT IS DOING THE WORK. THE CONTRACTOR IS ALSO REQUIRED BY LAW TO HAND YOU A FORM THAT LETS YOU KNOW WHETHER THEY DO OR DO NOT CARRY LIABILITY INSURANCE.

Did you know there are over 16,000 painting contractors in California? Custom Painting, Inc. suggests that you please choose wisely.

Testimonials
Your carpenters are very neat and professional, we are happy with all the work they did in our home. [more»]
Mary Chu
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Your crew was very professional and on time every morning. My home looks beautiful and I will tell everyone I know what a great job you did. [more»]
Lori Bond
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We are very happy with the work your company did in our home. Gene made us feel at ease with the process of the work. [more»]
Nina Robinson
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Your men are everything I was looking for in a painting business. Thank you. [more»]
Barbara Baxter
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Mark please forward this to Norman. Norman was prompt with his calls and when we had appointments for the estimate and color consultations. [more»]
Stan Cartwright
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Great job we enjoyed your guys please use us as a reference. [more»]
Marty Tritt
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Sergio and his crew did a wonderful job on my house. They were clean and detailed. Thanks for a wonderful job. [more»]
Michelle Keanrey
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My wife and I couldn’t be more pleased with the work Pablo and the guys did at our home. Pablo helped us with a couple of issues of where colors should start and stop. [more»]
Greg Parson
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Thank you for the great job. Your guys are nice. [more»]
Mark Applegate
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I am a very picky person when it comes to my home and I would like to thank you for the most pleasant experience I have ever had with anyone that has work in my home [more»]
Ann Wong
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Kevin thanks for the pleasant experience. [more»]
Mike Lipton
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Love the work done at my home. My friends are jealous because my home looks fantastic. [more»]
Nancy Yin
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Rick and Gene did a perfect job installing my molding. Not only was the job impeccable but their clean up every day was excellent. [more»]
Amy Johnson
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Just want to let you know your guys did a great job. [more»]
Pat Slater
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I would like to thank Custom Painting for one of the easiest painting experiences I have had. Kevin’s quick response to my phone calls was unexpected and I was very pleased. [more»]
Chris Newman
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Mark thanks for the excellent service your company gave me. From the time your estimator showed up (on time) until the painters left, it was a very pleasant experience.... [more»]
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Residential & Commercial Painting Services, Custom Molding Installation, Acoustic Ceiling Removal by Custom Painting, Inc. – We are a Licensed and Insured Provider working across the Bay Area, the East Bay, San Ramon, Danville, Livermore, Fremont, Pleasanton, Concord

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