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The Importance of Power Washing and Prepping

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With spring around the corner, getting your outdoor painting projects prepped is vital. Every exterior paint job needs proper preparation. Without proper washing and prepping, you’ll find that your paint job won’t last nearly as long as it could. The nice thing about painting prep is that it can be done even if it’s a little cool outside. Read on to learn more about prepping a home’s exterior before you dive into a can of paint. 

Power Washing

Power washing is a great way to clean and restore the look of outdoor surfaces such as decks, fences, patios, and siding. Power washing a pressure washer and washing with a hose are two very different tasks. This process is much more efficient than simply using a garden hose, as the pressure of the water coming out of the power washer does most of the same work a cleaning solution does. A pressure washer uses high-pressure water to break down dirt, grime, algae, and other contaminants. Pressure washing can also remove surface stains left by mold, mildew, or rust. The pressure of the water also helps remove chalking that has accumulated over time due to weathering and removes loose paint. Knowing when to use a pressure washer or a garden hose can help you achieve maximum efficiency in any given task.

Power washing the siding of an exterior.

Power washing the siding of an exterior can make a house look brand new as it removes dirt and grim!

Power Washing Safety

Safety should always be a priority when it comes to power washing. It is important to wear protective gear such as eye protection goggles and gloves to avoid any potential injuries. Additionally, always be sure to adjust the pressure and nozzle setting on the power washer before use, as using too much pressure can cause damage. Finally, keep children and pets away from the area while you are power washing since the high-pressure water can be dangerous if not used properly. Following these safety guidelines can help ensure that your experience with power washing is safe and successful.

Moisture Levels

Now that you know the benefits of power washing, you’re one step closer to laying down a fresh new coat of paint. Before prepping you want to make sure that the area is almost completely dry. If the surface is damp when you touch it, do not skip right to prepping. Sometimes power washing can cause the wood to take a long time to dry especially if there is little sun exposure to that specific area. You’ll want to make sure the area is dry before adding wet paint. 

When painting, it’s important to pay attention to the moisture levels in the area you’re working in. Moisture can cause paint to bubble or peel and can also prevent it from bonding properly. The best way to ensure that moisture won’t be an issue is by looking out for signs such as condensation on cold surfaces or wet patches on warm walls and ceilings. If there is any evidence of dampness, allow it to dry out completely before painting. 

It’s also important to never use a steamer or any other tool that produces steam while painting, as this could cause the paint to come loose over time.

A moisture meter can tell you a percentage of how wet a surface is. Moisture meters are an essential tool for any painter as you can make sure that it is dry enough before starting your project. Moisture meters come in both digital and analog styles, so you can choose the one that’s best for your needs. You want to pay close attention to areas that do not usually see the direct sun. 

Prep Work: Scraping, Sanding, Repairing, and Priming!


Scraping is a technique used on previously painted surfaces. The process works to remove any old, peeling or cracked paint from a home’s exterior. If a new layer of paint is added on top of the old paint or flaking paint, it is less likely the fresh coat is going to peel off shortly or look uneven. This can be done with a putty knife or a paint scraper tool. It’s important to take care when using these tools and to move in one direction for the best results. Get rid of that previous coat of paint as much as you can so that when the new paint goes down it looks even. However, you don’t need to strip the entire exterior surface down to bare wood.

Taking the time to properly scrape a surface before painting will help ensure that you get an even finish and professional-looking results. When scraping you should be especially careful if you know that lead paint has been used on the surface you are prepping. Lead is extremely toxic when inhaled or ingested. Wear a mask and gloves to prevent any accidental contact with lead paint. 


When sanding any surface, to avoid piles of sawdust you may want to use a drop cloth or a tarp below the area you are prepping. But, drop cloths can be used to cover up any exposed ground such as a driveway, a garden bed, a deck, or a yard. When painting outdoors using canvas drop cloths may be easier to keep in place. Plastic drop cloths are more likely to blow away. 

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Sanding a surface allows for better paint adhesion.

Sanding is an important step in preparing a surface for painting or staining. It helps to remove any debris and provides a smooth, even finish. Sanding can be done manually with sandpaper, or with a power sander. When using manual sandpaper, it is important to use the correct grit for the job at hand. For wood projects, it is often best to start with medium-grit paper and gradually work your way up to finer grades for a smoother finish and always sand in a circular motion. More weathered wood might be prone to more damage, so be careful in terms of how much pressure you are applying with the fine grit paper or power sanders. From there, simply vacuum up the dust and wipe down the surface with a clean cloth one more time.

Damage Repair

Repairing damages, minor or major, should be taken with caution. Holes and chips in the wood siding or corner boards can be easily filled with wood putty or wood filler. Nail holes can also be filed with wood putty. Fill the hole, crack, or chip with just enough wood filler so that it is at about the same level as the rest of the surface. Depending on how much wood putty you used, it will need ample time to dry before it can be sanded down to an even level. 

Larger repair jobs may need a carpenter’s help. If you notice any rotting or loose boards, rusted nails, or large broken areas, consult a carpenter even if it is just for an opinion. 

Caulking is an essential step in the painting process, as it helps seal any gaps or cracks in surfaces to prevent moisture from seeping through. In addition to these moisture-preventing functions, caulking also helps improve the overall appearance of a painted surface. It creates a neat finish by filling in any gaps or unevenness, which can give the walls a more uniform look when completed. 

Caulking is a way to seal small gaps and cracks.

Caulking is one way to seal thin or small gaps or cracks.

Make sure to use the appropriate type of caulking for your house and application – acrylic caulk for interior and exterior, latex paint caulks for exterior – and always apply generously so that all cracks fill gaps and crevices are sufficiently filled. It also may be a good idea to re-caulk areas that have been previously caulked. Proper caulking will help ensure that your house and your project look great for years to come!


Priming is an important step in painting, as it provides a great foundation for the rest of your work. Primer helps the paint adhere to a surface. Primer helps fill in any gaps and creates a smooth surface that is ready to be painted on. It also assists with adhesion and durability, which means the paint will last longer and look better over time. Make sure to use the right kind of primer for your surface – usually, this means an oil-based primer for wood surfaces, but other types of primers can be used as well. 

If you plan on using multiple coats of paint, make sure to lightly sand in between each one so that they all adhere properly. Taking the time to properly prime before painting can help you achieve a professional-looking finish! To read more in-depth about priming and paint color refers to one of our previous paint blog posts.

Helpful Tools 

Some helpful tools that will help you make your project look professional would be to buy some painter’s tape, a window scraper, a scrub brush, and a wire brush. Painter’s tape can help with detail work such as working close to windowsills or working along ceilings or corner boards. Painter’s tape also allows you to paint over something that was already painted in a different color without ruining another section. A window scraper is super helpful when it comes to working closely with windows. Any drip of paint on a window can be easily removed with a window scraper even if it is hardened and dried. A scrub brush can help remove paint stains from patio furniture, pavement, and wall hangings.   


Using all of these steps in your painting preparation will lead to a professional and lasting paint job. Exterior painting usually includes a lot more preparation and planning due to the environmental factors of nature. The house exterior faces more wear and tear than the house interior due to poor weather, temperature changes, and sun exposure. That being said, there is a huge difference between painting indoors and painting outdoors. 

Many people skip house painting preparation which leads to the need to hire a professional painter. If this is the case, keep in mind that not all home painting companies offer interior house painting services and exterior house painting services, you’ll want to find a home painting company that offers the specific services you need.

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How Many Coats of Paint Is Too Many?

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Painting is one of the most common DIY tasks out there and can give any space an instant style and color makeover. But while it might be tempting to jump into a painting project with enthusiasm alone, successfully completing a task like this requires patience and understanding of some key points when it comes to measuring just how much paint you should use. Whether it’s changing the wall color of your bedroom or painting your house the same color, applying primer, new paint, and two to three coats can lead to a successful paint job. So, if you’re wondering ‘How Many Coats Of Paint Is Too Many?’ then read on as we cover all the tips and tricks required in order to get your next painting project off the ground! Seeing an even paint job is simply refreshing.

Best Practices for Surfaces That Require Priming

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Proper preparation is essential for achieving a good finish when painting any surface, especially those that require priming. When prepping a surface that needs to be primed, the best practice is to make sure all dirt, grease, and other contaminants are removed before starting. For wood, sand off any old paint or sealant and wash with mineral spirits. Concrete and masonry may also benefit from washing or using a chemical stripper to remove existing paint and grime.

After the area has been thoroughly cleaned and dried, apply one to two coats of primer evenly across the desired area. If you can feel any bumps after priming the surface, go over it again with fine-grit sandpaper for a smooth finish. Primer paint is often used as a first coat, to prepare surfaces for better adhesion and an even base coat that will save time and money by reducing the need for multiple layers of regular paint. A tinted primer can help achieve a specific color, and you won’t have to apply as many coats of paint. Primers serve two main purposes: to prepare the surface for painting and to provide an even base coat or color. With primer paint, you can achieve more resistance to wear and tear, both from the elements and regular use. Primer paint also serves as an ideal choice for surfaces that are difficult to paint due to the presence of stains or other blemishes. To prevent peel, adding a primer coat is a good idea. There are different types of primer paint, there is drywall primer sealer, oil-based primer, water-based primer, and wood primer. However, there is such a thing as self-priming paint.

Applying Multiple Coats

Applying multiple coats of paint is a great way to ensure paint quality. Your best bet is to use at least one or two coats of regular paint. Furthermore, multiple coats also allow for more flexibility in terms of color choice. More or fewer coats can ultimately change the paint color. Numerous coats of paint provide a much thicker, longer-lasting layer of protection that can stand up against natural elements and everyday use. A steady hand, clean brush strokes, and back brushing can help ensure an even finish. The number of coats of paint needed for a project depends on the intended purpose, and the type of surface (as some are a more porous surface). Just one coat usually is not enough. Usually, more coats will be necessary for better protection, improved coverage, and increased durability. Keep in mind that some surfaces absorb paint more than others.

Applying Too Many Coats

Applying too much paint can be a major disadvantage. Too much paint can cause the surface to become thick and uneven, resulting in a sloppy, unattractive finish. Excess paint is also prone to cracking and peeling away over time. Applying too much paint can also cause the color pigment to be more concentrated resulting in an undesirable hue. Knowing when a surface is properly covered in the paint can be tricky, but there are some telltale signs that indicate you’ve reached the right level of coverage. Applying too many coats or not enough can lead to unsatisfactory results. Knowing when a surface has been properly covered with paint requires some experience and practice, but there are telltale signs that indicate you’ve reached the right level of coverage.

How Often Should You Add Another Coat of Paint?

As a general rule of thumb, applying one coat every two years is usually sufficient for maintaining good coverage over time. However, if you are dealing with surfaces that are more prone to wear and tear from everyday use or harsh elements like rain or sun exposure, then multiple coats may be necessary in order for your paint job to last longer. In this case, you should reapply a coat of paint at least every three to five years to prevent any visible fading or chipping of the previous paint layer. Depending on where the paint is applied and how much wear-and-tear the area may receive, reapplying a coat of paint sooner rather than later can help maintain the professional look of your painted surfaces. Drying time for paint can vary depending on the type of paint used, as well as the environment in which it is applied. Generally, latex-based paints will dry within two to four hours, while oil-based paints may take several days -or even up to a week -to fully cure. Temperature and humidity levels must also be taken into account. For best results, it’s always recommended that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions before starting any painting project.


To sum it up, painting a room as either an interior designer or a home DIY project requires an understanding of the materials and surfaces you will be working with, the effects of priming, the benefits of applying multiple coats of paint, and the consequences of applying too many coats. When in doubt about what materials are best suited to your particular project and specific steps to apply the paint, consult with a professional.

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Power Washing is a Game Changer!

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If you want to clean your home, consider power washing. Power washing is a great way to remove stains from your deck and patio, clean the sides of your house, and even wash off any stubborn dirt from your walkways and sidewalks.

Change the Color of Your House

Power washing your house can restore the color of your home. It can remove mold and mildew, dirt and grime, stains, and mildew.

It is worth noting that power washing will not remove paint or stain unless it is applied to a clean surface. If you have painted over previously stained areas on your home then power washing will not remove those spots. In this case you may need to consult with a professional painter who can help you find an appropriate way to cover up these spots so they don’t show through anymore once the job is complete.

Remove Unwanted Stains

Power washing removes stains from the following surfaces:

Brick and concrete

Vinyl siding

Wood (decking, siding, fence boards)

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Clean Your Gutters with Power Washing

Gutters are an often-overlooked area of your home that can be cleaned with a power washer. When gutters are clean, they protect your home from water damage by carrying rainwater away from the walls and foundation of your house. They also help prevent mold growth from occurring on the surface of a home’s siding.

Gutters should be cleaned every 3-5 years depending on how much debris builds up in them, as well as type of gutter material used (metal or plastic). Cleaning should be done before leaves start falling into gutters, or before winter comes if leaves have already fallen into them.

Clean Your Deck and Patio

Power washing can be used on decks and patios, but you need to prep them first. You’ll want to check out your deck or patio for any loose boards or nails that may be sticking out. If you find any, use a hammer and screwdriver to pound them back in so they don’t get caught on the brush of your power washer. Next, clean away any dirt or dust from your deck or patio surface using soap and water before proceeding with power washing. Once this is done, go ahead and apply pressure with your power washer sprayer until all surfaces are clean enough for bare feet!

Now that you’ve got those hard-to-reach areas cleaned up (nails removed), it’s time to rinse off that solution with clean water from a hose if possible; otherwise spray some more soap onto the surface of both sides before rinsing again so no residue remains behind once dry. For added effect during maintenance afterward: try using vinegar diluted in warm water instead of bleach/soap solutions whenever possible since it tends not only make surfaces look better longer but also helps repel insects like mosquitos which could otherwise bother anyone enjoying their newly revitalized outdoor space after having spent hours working on cleaning everything up again after all this work getting ready beforehand.”

Clean Your Garage Floors to your Pool with Power Washing

Garage floors are an important part of your home. They can get dirty, stained and moldy with regular use. Power washing helps remove dirt, grime and mildew from garage floors to keep them looking clean. With the right power washing equipment, you can also remove stains from concrete and other surfaces that might be causing a problem for you in your garage.

Power washing removes build-up both inside and outside your home as well as on hard surfaces like driveways and sidewalks

If you have algae growing on your pool liner or if it has become porous over time due to excessive sun exposure then power washing is a great way to bring back its original color while also adding some shine at the same time!

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Clean Your Walkway and Sidewalk with a Power Washer

You can use a pressure washer to clean your walkway and sidewalk. It is the same method you use when cleaning other surfaces such as driveways, patios and decks.

You can choose from several types of cleaners depending on what you have to clean. For example if you have oil stains from cars then using an oil cleaner is best suited for this situation. If you are cleaning concrete then using a detergent-based solution will work best because it will not harm the concrete or brick when used properly according to instructions on its label instructions. For example read labels before starting any project with chemicals so that no unnecessary damage occurs due to human error as well as improper care taken during application/cleanup process.

Hire Professionals to do your Power Washing

The best way to get the job done right is to hire a professional like Arch Painting! Unless you have a powerful wand, which most people don’t, it’s just better and easier to hire a professional who will know how to use all of the equipment properly. They’ll also know how to work with different surfaces, which is important when working with power washing equipment because different materials behave differently. If you try power washing yourself and hurt yourself by accident (it can happen), then that’s another cost that could have been avoided if you had hired someone else first!

Another thing to consider is that you may not know what you’re doing. Power washing can be dangerous if you’re not careful, especially if you don’t know how to use the equipment properly. You could hurt yourself or damage your property in an accident, so it’s best to hire someone who has experience with this kind of work.


Power washing is not only a great way to clean your house and your property, but it’s also a great investment. If you have been thinking about power washing your home or just started looking into it then we hope this article has helped answer some questions for you.

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The Importance of Choosing the Right ​​Commercial Painting Company for Athletic Venues

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Painting your sports center is one of the best, most impactful ways to renovate your space, not to mention the most cost-effective too. The power of a fresh coat of paint, and even a change in style, can enhance the appearance as well as the gameplay. It will ensure you are well protected as a business, as well as refreshing the safety of the sports facilities, for example, with anti-slip paint. It will also mean that it will look much more pleasing to the eye, and allow everyone to enjoy the facilities more.
Painting a sports or athletic venue is a huge decision, as it will take a lot of time and budget to complete, as well as mean closing the center while the project is underway, which is why it is vital that you choose the best painting contractors to fulfill the job for you. The last thing you want is to spend all that energy on a job that is not completed how you want, or to the highest standard.
It is important that you take time to consider what you want for your sports facility, and find the right contractors to work with. It can be a challenge to do, as you will need to find a company that you can trust to do the job efficiently, to a high standard, and meet your deadlines. It can initially feel like a hassle to do, especially as your sports facilities may be closed for the time of the refresh, however, with the right company, your business will benefit greatly from it.
Here are some of the top reasons why you should be very careful on who you hire to paint your business, and some top tips to help you choose the right contractors to partner with.

Professional support and advice

The right contractor will be able to provide you with professional support and advice from the moment of inquiry, and throughout the entire process. It can be quite daunting and overwhelming to tackle a job like painting a sports facility, and hiring the right contractors, especially if you are a business that has not worked with one before. Painting a sports facility is no small or simple task, and it is vital that you partner with painting contractors who have the skills and experience behind them to complete the job in both large and small venues, and will be able to adequately advise you on what will work for your business, and what will not. You want to make sure they will take the time to understand your business well, and therefore, help you choose the right colors and overall professional look to best showcase your branding. Professional painting contractors will also have the knowledge to formulate a tailored approach to your business, to ensure any special requirements can be fulfilled, as well as make it safe for sports to go ahead. For example, special urethane and epoxy floor coatings are durable, resilient, and known to resist abrasion and cleaning solutions, which can benefit any sporting facility that endures high traffic, and keep the appearance intact, as it will avoid the typical wear and tear of standard flooring.
The right company will be professional and supportive, which will also ensure peace of mind, knowing your facilities (and your money) are being left in the right hands.

Professional skills and experience

Unfortunately, getting a group of friends together to paint a large facility will just not have the same effect or quality as hiring a specialist painting contractor. The right painting contractor will have spent years in the industry, educating themselves on design, the right materials and paint to use in a variety of facilities, as well as the ability to perfectly manage and execute the job, regardless of size. A good contractor will have a good amount of experience, good reviews from previous customers, and know exactly how to bring your vision to life. They will have the skills to support you through the entire process, and execute all phases of the project, from the initial stages of identifying your business needs and desires, working with your budget, creating the design, sourcing the materials and paint, and then delivering the project on time. A good contractor, with the relevant skills and experience, is vital to ensure the job is done properly, and there are no issues or delays. They should also hold the correct documentation and licenses, which you can ask to review.

Boost morale

Sports can be challenging, and intense. The right painting contractors will be able to help you choose the right updates that will add color, variety, and personality to the facilities, which can help boost overall morale and motivation. There is an increasing number of facilities who are looking to be more innovative with their interior design, as science has shown just how impactful the interior space of any environment can impact passion, motivation, and morale. The choice of color palette will significantly impact the general feel, and environment of your facilities. The right colors will be able to boost productivity, make players more alert, and boost happiness. The right company will assist in bringing your facilities and branding to life in new and innovative ways.

The quality reflects on your business

Painting a large area of space in a commercial environment is no small, or easy task. It needs to be completed to a high standard, as the decor will be the first thing clients and members will notice when they walk into your building, and it will also reflect your brand messaging. The quality of work that is completed is vital, as it will reflect on your business, which is why it is crucial that you choose the right painting contractors to work with. First impressions count and have the power to have a positive, or detrimental impact on your business, and the players who use your facilities. You want to work with painting contractors who will design your sports facilities with purpose, and complete the work to a high standard, as it will reflect positively on your business. If the design and quality of work are poor, then that is exactly what customers are going to think of your business. In society, people are known to make snap judgments. It takes less than a second for a person to form an impression about a person or a business facility. This opinion will reflect the money they are willing to pay for something, and whether they will look elsewhere. Without high-quality contractors, you risk losing customers to your competitors. This impression can be made solely on the visual appearance of your businesses, including the colors, spacing, and structure, which is why you have to be extremely careful with who you partner with, as they need to have the expertise to assess your sports facility and paint according to the space. You cannot just slap paint on the walls and hope for the best, a lot of thought and skill has to go into it, for example, by simply adding an accent wall into the lobby of your facility, which is a great way to add personality and variety to the space, while enhancing your branding.


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Finding the right painting contractors to partner with is vital to ensure you get long-lasting results, and value for money. A good contractor will be able to tackle any project, know how to develop a good visual design for your facilities, have the skills and expertise to complete the job to a high standard, and use the best products from the industry’s top brands. Professional painting contractors will also be able to utilize their skills and experience and bring fresh eyes and perspective to your initial design, as they would have worked with a range of clients in the past, and know what works well. They can easily spot the potential of any space, identify pain points and provide you with practical ideas. They can then work with you to ensure that a creative solution for your space is sought, and ensure you get the best value for your money. A space needs to be safe, aesthetically pleasing, as well as functional. There are lots of components that need to be considered when painting a sports facility.
It is important to make the right decision, as you want to get the job done right the first time. Without the right company, or trying to take the job on yourself comes with a lot of risks, that may not be good for your time, budget, and cause disruptions to your business. You will not be able to guarantee it will come out as you anticipate, and with a lack of experience, you risk not planning for delays and issues that may arise. It can also be extremely challenging and stressful, without the right skills and experience. A good company will know how to properly plan and strategize the execution of the job and provide excellent results.


The right painting contractors will use the best quality products on your facilities, as well as have competent skills for the job. The contractors will have the experience to prep and clean the facilities properly, use the right products in the right places, use the right and most efficient techniques, use the most effective tools, and will pay attention to every detail. They will be well equipped to do the job, which means having tools beyond just paintbrushes. They will have the correct tools to most effectively paint different areas, as well as safety gear to get to the hard-to-reach places, patching tools, and much more. They will also be adequately insured in case any problems arise on site, such as damage, that can then be efficiently dealt with.


Finding the right painting contractor will ensure your facility refresh will be much more cost-effective, and you will be able to stick with your intended budget. They will be able to work with you to ensure the job is priced as it should be, have no hidden or surprise costs, and will have all the right materials, tools and equipment with them to complete the job, as well as insurance. This means you don’t have to fork out on hiring or buying all the equipment, and rest knowing everything is taken care of.

The benefits of taking time to find the right painting contractors to partner with are well worth it, as the paintwork can make or break your business. You can ensure the job is done right the first time, meets your timelines and budget, and creates a long-lasting impression on your clients and members. There will be a significant difference in the quality of work completed when you find the right painting contractor to work with, as opposed to the results you would see with a DIY job, or the wrong contractor. They will be able to use the right tools, techniques, and paint that will improve the efficiency of the job, as well as the anticipated outcome. Hiring the right contractor will be an investment, but one that will benefit your business for years to come.
As one of the top choice painting contractors in New England, here at Arch Painting, we are a professional company that you can trust to do the job to a high standard, utilizing all skills and expertise to ensure that your business is bought to life through the new color palette, that will create a long-lasting impact. We have worked with some of the top facilities, such as Fenway Park, Gillette Stadium, Rivier College, Orangetheory Fitness, and Wheaton College. Arch Painting has over 20 years of experience, which means that you have peace of mind, and trust knowing your sports facility is in professional, and hard-working hands. We will not compromise on style or quality, and promise to deliver our best work with every project.
Contact our specialist team today for a hassle-free conversation, to see how we can partner with your business to help you refresh and enhance your sporting facility.

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Choosing the Right Color for your Commercial Space, and What It Will Say About your Business

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Every decision your business makes is an important one. When it comes to your commercial space, everything from the signage outside to the layout of your office says a lot about your brand. 

The color you choose to paint your commercial space has a huge influence on your brand image and the way your employees and customers feel. 

With that being said, in this blog post, we are going to take a look at why it is important to consider the color of your offices with care and what your choice will say about your business. 

Why choosing the right color for your commercial space matters

Before we take a look at what different colors say about your business, it is important to understand why this matters.

Colors are associated with different emotions and feelings. They also make us feel a certain way. Your choice of paint color, therefore, will influence everyone who steps foot into your business space. It shapes how they feel about your business.

Color choices can also encourage people to take action. For example, yellow is a very creative color, and so it can be inspiring when used in offices for design work. Choosing colors with care is more important than you may realize. 

Therefore, it is important to carefully strategize about the sort of commercial space that you want to create. If you want to generate an office that is sophisticated and luxurious, you need colors that signify this. If you want to create a commercial space that is peaceful and calming, you need colors that will play to this tune. The colors you choose have a massive impact on the overall ambiance in the room and the sort of brand image you want to give off. 

It is not just about the colors you choose, but it is also about the quantity of each color used, as well as your color pairings. The right color pairings can achieve balance within your business space. However, if you use too much of a certain color, it can tip the scale in the wrong direction, giving off the wrong impression and even causing frustration amongst workers. It is very much a balancing act, which is why working with professional painters makes a lot of sense. 

What do different colors say about your business?

Now that you know why color psychology is so important, let’s take a look at what different colors say about your business. 

Light blue

There is only one place to begin, and this is with light blue! Why? Well, light blue is one of the most popular colors used in commercial spaces. It has proven to be highly valuable in industries whereby employees need to be incredibly focused and productive, for example, accountants benefit from being in a light blue office whereby they have the perfect setting for carrying out repetitive tasks. 

An intellectual color, light blue lowers mental strain, encourages clear thoughts, and soothes the mind. It also promotes loyalty, confidence, and orderliness. 

Of course, it’s not just about choosing the most dominant color in your office but you also need to consider what other colors you will pair with light blue. If you want to keep the space balanced and add a bit of positivity, orange accents work well. Alternatively, you may want to partner blue with white or another neutral shade to prevent the interior from feeling unfriendly and cold. 

The color of the sky, blue is soothing, calming, and refreshing. This is why you will often see it used in doctors’ offices because it can help nervous patients feel at ease. 


Purple is considered the color of royalty, so if you want to create a luxurious and regal office space, purple is the choice for you. 

It is also a color that is linked with the finest quality too, so using it to decorate your commercial space can communicate to your clients that you are the best in the business. This is something that has stemmed from the olden days when purple was an extremely costly pigment, meaning that only the richest, i.e. royalty, could afford to buy it. 

Depending on the colors that purple is paired with, it can also have a mysterious and magical feel to it, which conjures thoughts of fantasy and romance. However, be careful of how much purple you use, as it can create a gloomy environment when you use it excessively. 


Any workspace that is spatially challenged is going to look brighter and bigger when it is painted white. White also generates a sense of neutrality and balance, giving it the ability to diffuse vibrant colors. In color psychology, white means cleanliness and purity. 

However, one thing that you will notice is a bit of a recurring theme in this guide is avoiding using too much of one color. The same goes for white. White can look clinical, boring, and uninviting when it is used excessively. 

Pure white can also appear a bit too harsh, which is why it makes sense to go for the warmer, softer off-white instead. 


Pink is a nurturing and calming color that radiates romance, hope, and femininity. It also stands for success and healthy, which is why people say terms like “everything is rosy” and “in the pink.” 

As pink is very close to red, it has the same energy and warmth without being too intense. In fact, it can even be a calming color. 

Deeper shades of pink can help to alleviate feelings like abandonment, resentment, aggression, and anger – all feelings that no one wants to have in their commercial environment. 

However, we only recommend using pink as an accent color to neutral hues or to paint one wall, as too much pink can be claustrophobic, emasculating, and draining. 


A brown backdrop teamed with rich wood furniture creates an office that screams power, strength, and masculinity. It has a lot of the same qualities as black, yet it is an earthy color, which means it brings more warmth and support. At the same time, it signifies being steadfast and industrious. 

To prevent creating an office that is stodgy, you can add some blues and greens. Another option that will create a sophisticated and classy business space is to pair it with ivory. 


If you are looking for a color that is associated with authority, power, and control, black is a perfect choice. When it is used with the appropriate accents, it can make your office look elegant as well. This is why you need to use black with care, as too much black can appear intimidating. 

Black offers a great way of creating a classy appearance while showing dominance. Make sure you choose a good complementary color to go with it – gold never fails for that lavish vibe! 

This dark shade also exudes dignity, sophistication, and formality, so it is perfect when showcasing your professionalism. 


If people in your office work long hours, green is a kind color that will be very much welcomed. It is the easiest color on the eyes, offering gentle stimulation throughout the day. This can help you to keep efficiency and productivity levels high. 

Green is also a color associated with health, peace, and the planet. It is often used by charities and other businesses that are dedicated to doing good. 

A reassuring, restful shade, which is full of vitality, green is most dominant in nature. It is, therefore, no surprise that it is associated with balance and well-being. This makes it a low-wavelength hue, which is also suitable for medical offices to help sick patients relax, as well as being appropriate for finance offices where people deal with money.


Yellow is deemed to be the “memory color” because it can help people to retain information, which is never a bad thing in the workplace! So, you could tactically paint the wall behind the whiteboard yellow, which can help workers to retain information during their training sessions. Of course, yellow is also a cheery and joyful color, which can help to raise spirits. 

We all want to create a business space that is positive and uplifting so that people enjoy coming to work every day, and this is what yellow can help to achieve. It is a color of vivaciousness, self-esteem, optimism, and warmth. 

A color that induces happiness, it can help to boost the ego and brighten people’s spirits. You can strategically use yellow in office areas where teams work to instill friendliness and openness. 

Yellow is a highly creative color. It is reminiscent of the sun. An optimistic and warm shade, yellow stimulates the spirits of everyone in your business space, getting the creative juices flowing and inspiring innovation. 

One unfortunate thing, though, is that yellow makes people feel hungry! So, you should use it sparingly, or you’ll find most of your workers will spend half of their day at the vending machine. 


The use of red in the workplace is something that is very much debated. This is because red is the most stimulating color; it boosts the heart rate and increases blood flow. As a consequence, this can be a very productive color for work environments whereby there is a lot of physical activity or workers need to be mentally alert. 

However, red must be used sparingly. You should never paint the entire commercial space red. If you do this, it can end up causing feelings of anger, irritation, and even stir up too much competition between team members. A highly energizing color, it is best used for decorations, accents, and furnishings, teamed with a neutral palette to balance out the red. 


Orange brings together the two colors mentioned above; red and yellow. It perfectly mixes the emotions of yellow with the energy of red. This creates a shade that can stimulate both the body and the mind. 

Orange is a very fun color, symbolizing determination and happiness. 

If you use excessive amounts of orange, though, you can end up crossing the line from a serious business to a fun playground. You don’t want to over-socialize the atmosphere, as this is counter-productive. So, as is the case with most colors, it is all about balance.

Carefully consider what colors you are going to use alongside orange to create the perfect balance. For instance, painting one wall orange can give a splash of color to a room that would otherwise be boring. This helps to increase energy, ensuring people get through the typical afternoon lull in the workplace. 

If you have a creative and innovative bunch of workers, orange can help to bring out the very best in them. Warm and vibrant, it helps to create a sense of confidence and comfort that enables people to do their very best work. 

Orange will also spread cheerfulness and friendliness, representing warmth, determination, youth, and success. It can help keep your employees positive and enthusiastic, which is something we can all strive for. 

We would recommend painting collaboration areas and casual office lounges with extroverted orange to encourage discussion and social communication.

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Final words on choosing the right color for your commercial space

So there you have it: everything you need to know about choosing the right color for your commercial space.

The color you choose will have an influence on your brand, as well as the way your employees feel while they are working in the space. This is why it is important to take the time to consider the sort of environment that you want to create when it comes to your business space.

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Here’s Why Wallpaper is Making a Comeback

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You didn’t really think that wallpaper was going to go out of fashion, did you? This is one trend that has major staying power, and it’s back with a bang. 

You may have noticed that wallpaper is being increasingly used in decoration projects for both commercial and domestic spaces. 

In fact, Pinterest has revealed that in 2020 searches for “wallpaper” were up by 41 percent. But, what is it about wallpaper that makes it such an attractive choice? Read on to discover four of the different reasons why wallpaper is making a comeback. 

What makes wallpaper the go-to trend at the moment?

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So, let’s take a look at the four main reasons why wallpaper is making a comeback:

Wallpaper comes in so many different styles and textures today

There is only one place to begin when it comes to the popularity of wallpaper, and this is with the fact that there are so many different textures and styles for you to select from today.

Examples include natural grasscloth, embossed silk textures, foils, beads, gels, suede, raised inks, glitter, pearl, and much more. This means that the possibilities are endless when it comes to creating a beautiful interior design with the use of wallpaper. 

These beautiful prints and intriguing textures can have a big impact on a room, adding style, depth, and warmth that monotone paint simply cannot achieve. 

Of course, you don’t have to add the same wall covering to all of the walls. You can play around with different options in this regard, from mixing and matching wallpaper to creating a feature wall. 

In fact, you can even use wallpaper to simulate a number of different finishing materials. After all, the concept behind wallpaper was the desire to generate the effect of finishing cloth. Today, wallpaper can imitate virtually anything, from rusted and gold iron to Venetian plaster and marble. 

Wallpaper is great at hiding imperfections and it is easy to look after

Not only does wallpaper come in many different colors, patterns, styles, and textures, but it is effective at hiding imperfections as well. 

If you live in an older property, cracked walls can be unsightly. However, wallpaper can do a great job of hiding this. The patterns will hide blemishes and smudges, and wallpaper is pretty easy to clean as well. All you need is a little bit of water and a sponge!

You can expect many years of use from your wallpaper

Another benefit is that wallpaper is highly durable. So long as you choose quality wallpaper and you look after it properly, you can expect your wallpaper to last for a long time, retaining its color and ensuring the appearance is left unchanged. 

If you do decide that you want to switch things up and introduce some new colors and patterns to the mix, it is easy to do this. You can easily remove wallpaper and add a new design. It won’t cost much nor will it take a lot of your time. 

Wallpaper provides a cost-efficient way of giving your home a makeover

Last but not least, another reason why wallpaper is making a big comeback is that it provides you with a cost-effective way of transforming your home. 

Over the past 18 months, a lot of people have struggled financially due to the pandemic. We want to give our homes a sleek and stylish new look, yet our budgets are restricted, so we need something that is affordable and impactful. This is exactly what you can expect with wallpaper.

It certainly won’t cost a lot to get your home wallpapered. At the same time, this is an interior design change that can have a massive impact and completely change the look and feel of any room.

How do you choose the best wallpaper for your interior design project?

It does not matter whether you are re-designing a commercial or domestic space, it is important to carefully consider the style of wallpaper you are going to go for. With that being said, let’s take a look at some of the important elements to consider:

The type of project

The first thing you need to consider is the type of interior design project. After all, decorating your home living room requires a different approach compared to decorating your business’s client meeting rooms. 

As a consequence, you need to think about the sort of room you are designing, what this room will be used for, and your project objectives.

For example, if you’re looking to create a home office space, you will want to think about wallpaper designs that are inspiring, motivational, and enable you to be the most productive version of yourself. You won’t want to choose anything that is too complicated or distracting!

Your choice of color

When choosing a good wallpaper color, we recommend something that fits in with your furniture, flooring, and window treatments. Here are some of the different approaches you may want to consider:

  • For an easy and smooth transition, repeat the wall paint color as the main wallpaper color.
  • Use the accent color as your chief color in your wallpaper to create contrast and drama. 
  • Select colors from the color palette of the rest of your decor. Repeat one or more of the colors with your choice of wallpaper. 
  • You can get the color saturation of bold paint color by choosing a colored wallpaper that has a pattern that is a few values lighter. This approach is something that works incredibly well when trying to create an elegant interior design in a bathroom. 

Wallpaper styles

Next, you need to think about what sort of wallpaper style is going to be best for you. It needs to flow with the rest of your space. Here are some examples to give you some ideas and inspiration:

  • Contemporary – For more modern decor, consider wallpaper with an abstract or geometric pattern.
  • Victorian – For this period style, a baroque floral damask makes a beautiful wallpaper choice.
  • Rustic – Consider a textured wallpaper, such as a wildlife pattern to fit in with your theme, plaid for warmth, or grasscloth for depth. 
  • Country – A country motif, gingham, or plaid pattern may be a great choice for your country decor. 
  • Casual – There are lots of different ways you can enhance your casual decor with different patterns, such as textured, floral, or plant print.
  • Glam – The choices for glam wallpaper include dramatic reflective, glitter embedded, crystal, flocked, or embossed designs.
  • Formal – Finally, a formal interior benefits from various types of elegant wallpaper styles, such as damask or hand-painted prints. 

Plain or patterned?

This section leads on from the two former points about wallpaper colors and styles. You are not going to be limited to using plain wallpaper, even if your decor already incorporates a number of different styles.

The aim is to choose the right pattern size and colors, for instance:

  • A plain wallpaper can provide a nice visual break for decor that is heavily patterned. 
  • If you choose patterned wallpaper, opt for something with a bigger or smaller pattern than the upholstery or drapery fabric pattern.
  • If you have patterned upholstery or draperies, an easy option is to choose textured wallpaper or tone-on-tone patterns. 

You also need to think about whether you are going to go for a wallpaper that has small or large patterns. A lot of people believe that you need to choose the same scale patterns as the room, for example, large prints for large rooms, and small patterns for small rooms. However, this is a myth. 

You may want to use a small pattern in a big space whereby the room is broken up with in-built furniture, doors, and windows. In this situation, a small pattern can offer excellent visual appeal with hints of pattern and colors, as well as teasing breaks. 

Where should you use wallpaper?

There are lots of different ways you can utilize interior wallpaper in your home. You may choose an accent wall or you can apply it to every wall in your room.

Wallpaper can be used for highlighting wall space broken up by built-ins or to break up wall space. 

Accent walls

One of the best things about using wallpaper is having the ability to transform a room into a design that has heaps of style and depth. The easiest and most economical approach is to select a solid wall and create a wallpaper accent wall. 

Here are some tips on mastering an accent wall:

  • If you are looking to add some magic to the wall behind your dining room sideboard, Art Deco geometric wallpaper could be just the design you are looking for.
  • Your accent wallpaper can be as dramatic as you want it to be. We love lush tropical leaf patterns, leopard prints, stripes, and fun textures too!
  • You can use two different kinds of wallpaper in the same room. For example, you may decide to use a jacquard print wallpaper for three of the walls and then create an accent wall with stripe paper. 
  • If you are looking to add an accent wall to your bedroom, wallpapering the wall behind the bed helps to create an elegant statement.   

Why do you need a professional for wallpaper applications?

A lot of people assume that they are going to be able to wallpaper their home with ease… until they get started! Hiring a professional wallpapering company will save you huge amounts of time. You know that they have provided this service time and time before, so they will be able to quickly and efficiently wallpaper your home. 

Plus, professional installers are much more knowledgeable. They know exactly what is required to install wallpaper. After all, depending on the types of walls you have and the current condition of them, you may need assistance with one of the following:

  • Priming new drywall
  • Removing any texturing
  • Repairing cracks
  • Filling in holes
  • Cleaning the walls
  • Deglossing any enamel paint
  • Removing old wallpaper

Do you know how to fulfill all of the tasks that we have mentioned above? If not, it is certainly not worth taking the risk. You could end up making your home a lot worse if you try to apply wallpaper without prepping the walls correctly. 

However, a professional installer is going to know how to work with different types of wall coverings. Whether you want natural textile wall coverings, embossed wallpaper, or vinyl-coated paper, you can count on a professional wallpaper to get the job done correctly. 

Of course, a lot of people believe that they are going to save money by attempting to carry out the installation themselves. This is rarely the case. Installing wallpaper requires a number of different tools, and these tools aren’t cheap!

You may have a few items lying around, like a bucket, step stool, and a tape measure. But do you have all of the tools that you are really going to need to get the job done correctly?

Don’t forget that different tools can be needed depending on the type of wall covering that is being installed. 

This is how you can end up saving a lot of money by paying a professional to do it. They will have all of the tools required to wallpaper your home. Plus, you do not have to worry about being charged any extra if a certain type of wallpaper has a special installation process that needs to be followed. 

When you take all of this into account, it is not hard to see why professional installation is the cheaper option of the two overall.

Final words on why wallpaper is making a comeback

So there you have it: an insight into some of the different reasons why wallpaper is making a comeback. We hope that this has helped you to get a better understanding of wallpaper and what is making it such a popular choice today!

From the beautiful look that you can create with wallpaper to the ease of maintenance and low price tag, it is not hard to see why wallpaper keeps on coming back in fashion! 

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Epoxy Floor Striping And Why It’s Important

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Epoxy flooring and epoxy striping are aspects of a warehouse (and similar workplaces) that are extremely popular. They provide not only practical and functional benefits, but also improve the aesthetics a little. Whenever you enter these kinds of establishments, you will often encounter epoxy flooring without even realizing it. In this post, we’re going to run through what epoxy floor striping is, the benefits, and why it is seen as so important. 


What Exact Is Epoxy Floor Striping?

We’ll start off by answering the simplest question. Epoxy floor striping is quite literally the act of applying epoxy paint to a warehouse floor without concrete preparation taking place. Warehouses are vast spaces and need to be organized well if you want efficiency and productivity to thrive. Without solid organization, the entire space can be seen as nothing other than wasted potential. 

 Creating organization lines for a warehouse might seem like an easy enough task, but if you don’t use the correct equipment and materials, you may find yourself frustrated by the lack of quality. Employees may end up struggling to navigate through the next task due to faded lines that need to be amended. This could then lead to more confusion and a snowball effect could ensue. 

 The best solution, therefore, is to bring in epoxy floor striping. It’ll organize the flooring and look pretty good in doing so. Let’s have a little chat about the pros of this paint and the practice of striping.


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True Benefits Of Epoxy Floor Striping

It’s Long-Lasting 

If you’re hoping for little maintenance and a lot of longevity, then epoxy can be used perfectly for around three years at the very least. You might even get a good five years out of it if things fall in your favour. If you want the longest-lasting lines, you can utilize ‘shot blasting’. With this, a thin layer of concrete is removed where the lines will be created. Once the epoxy is thrown on, the paint and the floor will be at an even level – meaning it will be harder for the paint to chip away. This isn’t an overly necessary technique as epoxy is very resilient anyway, but it’s great if you’re always looking for marginal gains. 

If you need to change up the lines in any kind of way at some point, epoxy lines can be removed and matched to the color of the floor. 

It’s Heavy-Duty

Epoxy floor striping is immune to the heaviest of weights and the most heavy-duty of occasions. It is durable and resilient when it comes to the likes of forklift traffic and other vehicles. Forklifts are utilized so much in warehouses, so you can expect them to be a huge part of the daily running. The flooring can take quite the beating from these vehicles. 

Even the likes of smaller forklifts can do all sorts of damage to a warehouse floor. It may look as though they’ll only tickle the surface, but consistent work will cause plenty of wear and tear. When it rolls over the epoxy flooring paint, you’ll find that it can stand up to it and behave like you’d hope it should. Other similar kinds of paint will be bullied and removed pretty quickly.


Easy To Maintain And Clean Up

The epoxy warehouse striping is pretty simple to maintain and clean up. You may not think so initially as it’s such a strong and significant substance. You’ll be pleasantly surprised, though. The epoxy lines are hard to remove, of course. That, and they have epoxy sealant all over the entire concrete warehouse floor. This makes the cleaning job a lot simpler for those involved as polishing and cleaning the floor won’t need to be thorough. Bringing in expensive, specialist equipment is also not going to be necessary all of the time.

Cleaning the epoxy is so easy that only a mild detergent and a soft mop are necessary to clean the entire surface. It’s wise to avoid using harsh cleaning, hot water, and hard bristles if you want the best results. 


It Allows For Better Organization

Epoxy striping creates better organization in the working area. Well-organized warehouses make time more productive – this will then lead to more money being made and an overall healthier environment. Productivity and efficiency are boosted when you have the right kind of flooring and the right kind of organization. The floor striping will do wonders as it will properly show the correct aisles and traffic lanes. Employees will be able to understand better how things are supposed to operate and it just makes the entire machine flow that much better. 


Safety In The Workplace Is Improved

Believe it or not, the epoxy striping will improve safety for the warehouse you’re working in. When areas are properly identified, it allows those working to better understand how traffic flows and where safety hazards are at that time. Using common color coding techniques, you can show areas that should be veered away from or approached with caution. This kind of visual communication will not only help to boost efficiency but could really save people’s health going forward. It could even stop someone from being seriously damaged during the working day.


The Appearance Is Enhanced And Defects Are Covered

While it is brilliant at the job it is required to do, it also has passive traits alongside that make it an even better product. It takes what might be quite a bland and boring-looking place, and turns it into something a little easier on the eyes. If you ever needed to spruce up your place of work, the epoxy striping would be a fantastic option. It brings fresh and youthful looks. Any business owner will tell you that impressing with aesthetics matters quite a lot. It also covers prior defects that may have been created over time.

There are plenty of different designs and colour options around, so you will have an array of different designs and color options at your disposal. You’ll get to pick the style that suits your workplace the best. Decorative options can be added to the mixture in order to create a speckled look that not only increases the aesthetic value but improves the traction. 


It’s Eco-Friendly!

Epoxy striping is a chemical compound, but it is an eco-friendly option because it only requires a few materials and will not need to be constantly replaced. There are significant benefits environmentally here as there is a big reduction in materials and machinery. Other flooring installations will need to require saws for tiles, wood for certain other aspects, and all kinds of other machines. Epoxy flooring will need a lot of work for the initial roll-out, but it’s so much less than other methods of flooring.

Due to the durability and the longevity of epoxy flooring, the number of materials and the work that goes into it is way below others. Resources are only used when absolutely necessary. If your company is very green or you have your own eco-friendly motives, then epoxy is a marvelous option for this kind of initiative. 


Finally, It’s Cost-Effective

When looking for new flooring to improve efficiency or the looks, you might end up paying a lot of money. Removing the current flooring, buying new tiles, etc., and dealing with additional costs are three things that you don’t want hanging over you – and that’s just three points. When you work with epoxy and then work with the striping, your current flooring doesn’t even need to come out. This spares so much time, money, effort, and stress. The idea of revamping always seems like an expensive and extravagant one – it doesn’t always have to be this way.

We’ve talked about looks previously, but if you’re looking for a flooring that is going to really boost the aesthetics while not costing you all that much money in comparison to others, then this might be a no-brainer. The installation here will require a few coats with drying time sitting in between, but this will always be so much better than most other options financially. If you run into any trouble regarding repairs or flaws, then the treatment options are also pretty affordable.

Investing in professional installations here will be value for money; the epoxy flooring stays around for a significantly long time – as we’ve already covered. Professionals will know what they’re doing from start to finish and will complete it all without error. Doing these kinds of things yourself will likely result in flaws and poor practices. This will then need to be amended – which will, of course, cost more.


Could You Argue Any Disadvantages Regarding Epoxy Flooring?

As we’ve gone through the good aspects of epoxy flooring – and there are plenty of those – it’s only fair that we approach from a different angle. Getting the full story and hearing both sides will help you to understand even more and get an even better view. 

Epoxy floors will be rock hard and create a loud noise when doing basic tasks such as walking. While they’re perfect for a warehouse-style environment, they will likely be exclusively used for such. The likes of office spaces and homes will not be appropriate. This is fine, however, as it’s what is expected. It’s also a pretty cold and eerie style at times – especially without heating and underfloor heating involved. While this isn’t a huge point, it’s worth saying. 

Ripples can, at times, become apparent in the floor if ever there is unevenness or a significant number of cracks. This is a solid point to make as you’re going to need everything to be fully even and flawless for the best installation results. 

If the floor does not have a proper finish, it will become sensitive to UV radiation. The good thing here is that a couple of coats of HIM finishing coat can help this significantly. 


What Colors Are Traditionally Used For Striping?

When it comes to choosing the right colors for your flooring, OSHA recommends colors that suit different meanings and intentions.

Yellow is the color that will designate caution in an area and will be used to mark physical hazards. Striking against, stumbling, tripping, falling over, and caught in between are all good examples of this.

When there is danger ahead, red should typically be used. This will be paired with lettering or symbols in a color that contrasts the red appropriately. A slight warning will be the color orange. This will be for when things aren’t immediately going to cause trouble, but will if you continue on. Again, it will come with symbols or letters from a contrasting color to really stand out and make the point.  

A biological hazard should be shown in fluorescent orange or orange-red.


How Should One Prepare For Installation?

Before you head into the installation process, it’s wise to carry out a cleaning process so that everything is ready. Epoxy floor striping can begin once everything is clear and has the green light to proceed. If you’re unaware of how to prepare in terms of cleaning, you won’t have to be burdened too much as professional installation companies can take care of it if you so wish.


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5 reasons painting your business is a smart move!

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Appearances matter! They say you don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression, and so it is critical to make sure that you wow your potential customers from the offset. For a lot of people, the first thing they will notice about your business is the style and appearance of the building you operate from. Just like the first thing that we notice about online businesses is the look of the company’s website. With that in mind, it is vital that your business looks pristine and gives off a professional vibe. This is why painting your business should be at the top of your to-do list for 2021. With that in mind, let’s take a look at five of the main benefits of painting your commercial building in more detail below.


Create a good initial impression on your customers 

There is only one place to begin when it comes to the benefits of painting your business, and this is with the fact that you will be able to make sure that you create a great initial impression on potential customers. 

Think about it: if you were to walk past a building that was freshly painted and had a clean, crisp appearance, you would be impressed, wouldn’t you? This would reflect positively on the company in question. Moreover, it may cause you to stop and take note of a business that you may have otherwise ignored. 

First impressions are everything in business because they can often be the most lasting. It can be difficult to shake those initial thoughts that you have had. 

Therefore, if you walk past a building and you have been wowed by the appearance of it, you instantly feel impressed by the company in question and it gives off the feeling that they act with this level of attention to detail in all areas of their business. 


Gain a competitive edge over the competition

Another reason why painting your business on a regular basis is important is because it can give you a competitive advantage over other businesses in the area. This is because painting your building on a regular basis is an excellent way of creating a distinct brand name. For example, you can select various colors that fit in with your business, ensuring you have a look that is unique. 

This is a sure-fire way of making sure that you stand out from all of the other businesses in the area, including any business that you are in competition with. 

A lot of people recommending taking color psychology into account when deciding what colors to choose for their premises. For instance, neutral shades are often associated with feelings of calmness and reliability, whereas bright and vibrant shades are connected with energy and vitality. So, it is critical to think about the sort of feelings you want to create and the brand image you want to build. 

We should point out that there are several ways that commercial painting services can boost your competitive advantage. For example, the work environment has an impact on factors such as interaction with customers, retention levels, productivity, and employee morale. 

When employees work in an environment that is positive and uplifting, they will do their best work. If you make an effort to ensure that the office or store you own is organized, clean, and regularly maintained, your employees are going to feel valued and appreciated. This can make a bigger difference than you may realize. When people feel valued, they naturally want to go the extra mile in return. They will put in their best efforts for your business, and this is another way that you can gain a competitive advantage over the competition.


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Protect the condition of your commercial property

The benefits keep on coming when it comes to commercial painting. You also need to consider the economic advantages as well. This is an area that a lot of people overlook. 

An effective paint job that is done by experienced and professional contractors can instantly enhance the appearance of your commercial space. Painting your commercial space every one or few years can consequently have an impact on how much your building is worth, helping to either maintain or enhance the value. 

For instance, think about two buildings that are identical in terms of their size and structure. If one has better aesthetics and is in better condition, it is going to fetch a higher market value when compared with the building that is not in great shape. Little things like this really can make a difference if you do decide to put your property on the market. 

Plus, painting your property can also help to maintain the condition and structural integrity of your building. There is no denying that wear and tear occur over time, especially when buildings are exposed to the elements. By keeping up with maintaining your building and ensuring protective coatings are applied, you can ensure that you boost the durability of your commercial premises. 


Ensure you adhere to any compliance requirements 

In addition to the benefits that we have mentioned so far, it is also worth considering the fact that having your commercial building painted can also make a difference when it comes to compliance requirements.

Depending on the industry that you operate in, painting various parts of your company can enable you to comply with regulations in the sector and make sure that the health and safety of your workers are prioritized. 

For example, in some work environments, maintaining line striping will make sure of an efficient and safe flow of traffic while also reducing the number of occupational accidents and boosting productivity. 

Of course, your compliance requirements are going to depend on the sort of industry that you operate in. however, if you do require a certain type of paint to ensure you are compliant, keeping this maintained is just as important as getting your property painted in the first place. After all, a lack of maintenance means a reduction in effectiveness, and when this happens it can mean that you are not in line with the rules and regulations that are in place. 

Achieve a status as an elite business 

Last but not least, you also need to factor in that painting your business can help it to be viewed as an elite company. This is especially the case if you opt for something that is modern and impressive. 

There is no denying that aesthetics is something that we all respond to. We notice how something looks, right? So, if your commercial property features an outdated and dull paint job, this is bound to end up chasing people away.

Instead, think about painting your business in a modern color palette. This is something that will set your business apart and create a positive impression. It will show you as a professional business with an elite standing, and isn’t this what we all want for our businesses?

The last thing you want to be seen as is an outdated business that does not put a lot of time, care, and attention into the way things are run. However, this is the sort of negative connotation that your brand is going to give off if you do not spend time on the appearance and aesthetics of your building.

Spending a little bit of money on making sure that your business looks great can go a very long way when it comes to your brand status and the impression that potential customers have of you. It is not just about potential customers either, it is also about retaining your current customers. 


Final words on 5 reasons painting your business is a smart move 

So there you have it: five compelling reasons why you should consider painting your commercial building in 2021. By painting your business in a sleek and professional manner, it helps to boost your brand image, ensuring that you give off that all-important sophisticated vibe. Otherwise, it will look like you do not really care about your business and people may assume that this is something that stems into other areas of your company as well. 

Of course, it must be said that to unlock all of the benefits that we have discussed, you are going to need to choose a painting company with care, so make sure you take the time and effort to narrow down your search effectively. Take the time to choose painting contractors that are experienced and have a great reputation in the industry. You can read reviews that have been left by others while also checking out their portfolio and case studies so you can see some of the paint jobs that they have done before. Choose wisely and you can be sure of all of the benefits mentioned above.


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Paint Brands – Are The Big Names Worth It?

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You’ve probably found yourself asking if big names were a “big deal” in many areas of life. Whether it’s buying a brand name cereal over the store version, a “knockoff” electronic, or something else, people are always comparing big names to lesser-known ones. 

That’s true when it comes to paint brands, too. 

Typically, lesser-known brands cost quite a bit less than their big name counterparts. But are the big names actually worth it? Are you getting what you pay for when you choose a big brand, or do the “little guys” actually hold up just as well? 

What Makes Big Names Better?

When you compare a big name paint brand to something that isn’t as widely-known, you’ll undoubtedly notice a price difference. But, what does that difference actually mean? 

In order to find out if the higher price is worth it, you have to look at the paint solids. Typically, higher-end brands will release paint with a higher solids content. For you, that means when the solvent of the paint dissipates after applying it, you’re left with higher amounts of pigment and binder. 

As a result, your paint will look more vibrant on the walls, and the color will look as it was intended. The binder will also help it to adhere to the walls much better, so it will last longer. 

Lower-end paints have fewer solids. As a result, they contain more solvent, and when that dissipates, you won’t have as much pigment or binder. So, the paint may not look as good and it may not last as long. 

If that is the case, you’ll find that you might need to apply another coat, or that it won’t last as long as a paint with a higher solids content. In the end, you could be spending the same amount (if not more) for a “cheaper” paint because you need to use more of it or replace it. 

Simply put, bargain paint brands are typically diluted. They cost less to make, and those savings are passed on to you. But, they won’t give you the look and quality you might be expecting. 

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Another common practice that lesser-known brands tend to do is offer paint and primer in one. 

You might think you’re saving money this way, but you’re not. Primer is specifically designed to be used before painting a surface. It prepares that surface for the paint and can increase the pigmentation of the paint, as well as how strongly it adheres. 

There is really no such thing as paint and primer “in one”, because they are two very different things. Cheaper paint brands advertise this because they put additives in their paint that can make it easier to use just one coat, instead of having to go back and do it over. But, don’t be fooled – that doesn’t mean there is primer in the paint itself. So, again, while you might think you’re saving money by combining two important aspects of painting, it likely won’t last as long as a name brand. 

The Case for Big Names

Big names aren’t always worth it in other areas of life. After all, maybe the store brand cereal is just as good as the name brand option. 

But, when it comes to paint, most big names have risen to the top not because of their price tags, but because of their quality. Think about some of the most popular paint brands. The first ones that come to mind might be Sherwin-Williams, Valspar, or Behr. But, when you see those brands on the shelves, you might avoid them because of the cost. 

Those brands didn’t become household names because they are expensive. In fact, their businesses wouldn’t have been able to last this long if people realized they were low quality. No one would want to spend that kind of money for a paint that didn’t deliver. 

So, if the price has deterred you from choosing big name paints, you might want to give them a second thought. Don’t be afraid to do your research on what different paint brands actually use to create their products. You might be surprised to see that in the case of most paints, you do get what you pay for. 

Making an investment in name brands can actually end up saving you money, in the long run. Plus, the paint itself often looks better and more vibrant, so you’ll know exactly what to expect.

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Painting Your Home – Do It Yourself or Hire a Professional

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Home design trends are constantly changing. In fact, nowadays they seem to change faster than ever thanks to the influence of home television shows, websites like Pinterest, and influencers on social media showing off their own home interiors and exteriors. 

One of the best ways to change the overall look of your living space is to pain. Whether you only want to paint one room in your house or you want to change the color of the entire exterior, painting can make any home look completely different with just a few coats!

We certainly live in a DIY culture, and there isn’t anything wrong with that. There are many projects throughout your home that you can absolutely tackle on your own. 

But, when it comes to painting, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. Even if you’re only focusing on one room, the benefits of hiring a professional painter will always outweigh the “pros” of doing it yourself. 

Still not convinced?
Let’s look at why you should always hire a pro when it comes to painting your home. 

The Quality is Guaranteed

Most people choose to paint their own homes because they think it’s easy. Most of the time, it only seems easy because it’s being done incorrectly. 

If you don’t have painting experience, you could be left with patchy spots, drips down the walls, or paint ‘bleeding’ onto areas it shouldn’t. 

When you hire a professional, you can expect top-quality results. You undoubtedly have an idea in your head of how you want your home to look after it’s painted. A professional will give you those results without you having to stress about doing it yourself. 

You’ll Save Time

Speaking of stressing over painting, you’ll save hours (or even days) of your time by hiring a pro. If you only want one or two rooms painted, a professional will likely be able to get it done in a day. If you want your entire home exterior painted, they will get the job done much faster than you would be able to, including the prep work and cleanup. 

Many people think that they’re saving money by doing paint jobs on their own. But, it’s important to ask yourself what your time is worth. If you spend hours painting a room, think about the things you could have been doing – even working to make more money! 

They Have the Right Equipment

In order to paint your house, it takes more than just a paintbrush and a roller. One of the reasons why DIY paint jobs tend to sometimes look sloppy is because homeowners aren’t using the right tools for the job. 

Professional painters have all of the right equipment to make any paint job look flawless. They know that certain brushes and rollers look best with specific paints. They know the right tapes to use to avoid bleeding. They even know how to properly day drop cloths to keep your home clean. If you’re tackling a big painting project, like painting your home’s exterior, professionals will also have the equipment needed to safely reach every area of your home. If you tried to do it yourself, it could be dangerous. 

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Guaranteed Efficiency

In addition to taking less time to paint, professionals are efficient. They dedicate their entire day to whatever project they are working on, so they will get it done as quickly and efficiently as possible. You won’t find a professional painter that starts a room on Monday and doesn’t come back to finish it until Friday. So, if you want a project done right away, hiring a professional is always the way to go. 

Should You Ever Paint On Your Own?

There are no hard and fast rules against doing a paint job in your own home. You can always tackle a small room and see how you like the experience or the final result. But, you can be sure that when using a professional, instead, it will take less time and look great without you having to worry over it. 

Does using a professional painter cost more money? Yes, you’ll be spending a bit more than you would if you painted yourself. But, it might not cost as much as you think. Plus, again, think about what your time and stress levels are worth! When you can count on a job being done quickly and being done the right way, that ends up being worth a lot more than sticking to a strict budget. 

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