Most building owners and managers think about painting during the spring and summer months. However, there are several advantages to commercial painting in Flagstaff during the winter, including more flexible scheduling and potential cost savings.

While there are always some concerns about inclement weather, an experienced commercial painting company knows how to manage these concerns to get the job done right.

More Flexibility in Scheduling

Winter is generally slower for the commercial painting business, making scheduling more flexible so the painting crew can work around your needs and minimize downtime. For example, a commercial painting company may be able to allocate more painters to your project and finish the work more quickly.

During the busy spring and summer months, you need to schedule further out to lock in a date on the company’s schedule. So, if you have not planned well in advance, you may be out of luck in the summer but find availability in the winter. This means shorter lead times and often a quicker turnaround.

Potential Cost Savings

Contractors want to keep their crews working. If there are fewer commercial painting projects in Flagstaff, you can often get better pricing than you could during high-demand times. You may also be able to reduce the cost of painting products because many manufacturers offer lower prices during months when demand is lower.

Overcoming Weather Concerns

If you are worried about colder weather impacting the painting process, here are a few things you should know.

When the sun is at its hottest, paint may dry too fast, and the binders and pigments do not have a chance to form a tight bond. This is why commercial painters avoid working during the hottest parts of the day during the summer. In the winter, the cooler days allow commercial painters to work longer hours on exterior painting. That means your job is finished more quickly. Paint also cures best when the weather is cool and dry.

Rain and exterior paint do not mix. In Flagstaff, the rainiest months are July, August, and September. So, if you hire a commercial painting company in Flagstaff from October through February, the crew is less like to face rain delays.

The temperatures stay high enough that you can paint outside almost any time during the winter months in Arizona, and you usually do not have to work around snow. At an elevation of nearly 7,000 feet, snow storms can interfere with commercial painting in Flagstaff, AZ, if you are doing exterior work. However, indoor commercial painting is no problem, and painting the interior of your commercial building will brighten it up and help you get through the winter blues.

For interior commercial painting in Flagstaff, you may worry about paint fumes when it is impossible to open doors and windows for ventilation. That is not a concern when you choose the right commercial painting company. For example, Ghaster Painting & Coatings uses high-quality paints with low to no volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are what give off paint fumes that can be overwhelming and irritating.

Work with an Experienced Commercial Painting Company in Flagstaff

If you decide to have your commercial buildings painted in winter, work with an experienced commercial painting company. Professional painting crews know when conditions are ideal for exterior painting and when it is a bad idea due to weather and/or temperature.

For example, the outside air may be warm enough to paint, but overnight lows can chill exterior surfaces. You also must ensure that paint can dry adequately before it gets too cold once the sun sets. Knowing when it is the right time to paint and when not to paint takes experience.

Experienced painting companies also know what types of primers, paints, and coatings to use. Paint uses four components to dry properly:

  1. Additives
  2. Binder
  3. Filler
  4. Solvent

By working together, these chemicals provide the bonding that adheres to surfaces to form durable protection. The effectiveness of these components depends on the surface temperature when the paint is applied.

Finishes are susceptible to temperature and humidity, although some products are made specifically for application in colder weather. Using the wrong type of paint can lead to poor results, but an experienced commercial painting company in Flagstaff can recommend the right products.

Ghaster Painting & Coatings has more than 45 years of experience painting thousands of commercial and industrial buildings in all sorts of weather throughout Arizona. With every job, you get experienced painting crews trained on best practices and OSHA safety requirements to ensure you get the quality results you want and have a commercial facility that will look beautiful for years to come.

Are you thinking about painting your commercial property during the winter in Flagstaff? Contact Ghaster Painting & Coatings at (602) 277-8541 or request a bid.

Author Kirsten Ghaster

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