Finding the Residential/Commercial Painter Best Suited to Your Job
Whilst many people might think that both commercial and residential painters perform the same kinds of tasks, there is often a big difference between the two. Many residential painters, as the name suggest mainly provide personal tasks around the home with the odd small shop and business jobs here and there.
Commercial painters step in when the job is simply too big for one man and his van, so let us look at some of the big differences in these two painting fields that could make a difference when you make the call to renovate.
Commercial versus Residential
Commercial painters employ more staff to cater for urgent work and accommodate tight schedules. They have access and qualifications to use industrial painting tools such as cherry pickers and cranes to work at heights and address high risk areas.
Commercial painters can accommodate large scale painting jobs, for example;
- Large scale facilities,
- Public spaces
- Football stadiums,
Residential painters are best suited to smaller scale, low risk jobs. Residential painters are usually identified as a one or two man team or self-employed covering areas:
- Interior and exterio
- High end residential
- Heritage and period properties
- New builds and refurbishments
Benefits of employing a professional to paint your home
- Warranty on workmanship
- Current technology, techniques and equipment
- Certified, accredited and experience
- Competent in specialized painting solutions such as lead management and asbestos management
- Qualified and experience in high risk projects which involve heights, toxic and hazardous materials or high pressure and heavy machinery.
- Tailored and specific colour consultancy services
- Full range of environmentally sustainable painting solutions.
- Onsite project manager ensures job completed on time
What skills and credentials to look for in your painter?
A qualified painter should be willing to provide evidence of the following records to verify the services they claim to provide:
- Industry certification such as Trade certificates from a registered Training Organisations eg. TAFE NSW.
- Safety training certificates; where applicable such as OH&S, Safe working at heights, Asbestos awareness, Lead Management certificates for the safe handling and disposal of lead-based paints and or senior first aid.
- References of similar work experience
- Memberships to associations; such as Master Painters, are a good resource for sourcing credible, qualified painters as their application process includes sighting of up to date records and certifications.
Be sure to check the painters licence number and ABN before you engage their services. You can do this free online at the NSW Government Licensing Service (GLS) and Australian Business Register (ABR).
Trades Monitors is also helpful to verify your contractors compliance with licences, insurance, registrations and safety cover. By doing your research and verifying the above-mentioned points, will confirm the contractor is qualified to carry out the intended task.