Painting your brewery can be a timely and costly exercise, especially if you wait until major repairs are necessary. This is why it’s always best to properly maintain all of your equipment, floors, and other features within your facility. Still, no matter how well you take care of your brewery, you’ll have to invest in some new paint every now and again. And the more you can plan ahead, the better.
So, what can you do to plan and budget your next commercial painting project? Let’s go over six important guidelines that will help you save time, money, and a serious headache.
1. Establish a Baseline Budget
If commercial industrial painting services were free, you wouldn’t have to think twice about your company’s budget. Unfortunately, it costs money to hire labor, buy materials, and put some of your operations on hold. Painting your brewery should yield you a good return on investment, but in the short-term, you’ll have to figure out how much you can reasonably invest in this project.
Budgets are meant to be flexible, but you should try to come up with an upper limit if possible. Having these hard numbers at your disposal will help you with everything from determining the scope of the job to hiring a reliable brewery painting contractor.
2. Determine What Needs Painting
Your brewery might only need a few touch-ups here and there, or it might need an overhaul. The only way to know is by closely examining all of your facility’s features and equipment. Not every piece of equipment will require painting, and some industrial paint coatings will vary in terms of material and number of coats. For those features that are already painted, if you encounter chipping, peeling, cracking, or more severe damage, they’ll probably need a new coat. Once you know what needs to be painted and how much you can spend on the job, you can target your search for painting services with more precision.
3. Hire the Right Contractor
Finding the best commercial painting services for your needs takes some time and careful thought. You might be tempted to hire the first contractor you find, and/or the cheapest one. However, you can’t afford to waste time and money on a shoddy job. Your brewery deserves the best treatment from experienced professionals.
That said, you can’t just ignore your budget, either. Screen candidates by looking at their website, reviews, testimonials, past work, etc. to see if they’re a good fit. Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few companies, ask each one if they can give you information on pricing or an idea of what your job may cost. Your ideal contractor will provide a balance of high-quality work with fair pricing and a transparent estimate.
4. Schedule According to Your Needs
Once you’ve hired a reliable commercial painting company, you’ll have to work together to find the best time to commence the project. Consider your normal hours of operation when making this call, as you want to minimize your facility’s downtime if possible.
If your contractor can work during your brewery’s off-time, all the better. If not, be methodical in how the project commences. For example, if certain areas need more attention that others, make sure they get painted first. Or, if certain equipment is only used during part of the day, see if your painters can tackle them when they’re not in use.
5. Make Space and Facilities Available
In terms of overall cost, materials and equipment are major factors. But so is labor. The easier you make things for your painting services, the less time the job will take, and the less it will cost you. It might not seem like much, but moving certain pieces of equipment out of the way and opening your facilities (bathrooms, waterlines, etc.) to the crew can cut down costs significantly.
6. Maintain Open Communication Between All Contractors and Workers
Lastly, you want everyone inside your brewery to be on the same page at all times. Miscommunication can lead to staff members and workers getting in each other’s way, safety hazards, or other costly time sinks. The more you know about what your contractor is doing, the better. And the more they know about your operations, the better. Good communication ensures the safety of all workers and will make the job go smoother from start to finish.
Of course, accidents can happen, and there may be unfortunate surprises here and there. But if you follow the six guidelines above, you’ll have more control over how well your brewery painting job goes, and how much it costs. Painters USA offers high-quality commercial painting services at a competitive price. For almost 40 years we’ve helped commercial property owners across various industries revitalize their facilities inside and out, including breweries both big and small. To learn more about us, contact us at 1-800-999-8715.