Painting During Business Hours? The Pros and Cons

calander Jul 22 , 2020 user-iconAnderson Painting
Sign saying "Sorry We're Closed" at a storefront

Running a business is no walk in the park. Meeting deadlines, keeping customers satisfied, and maintaining a viable revenue stream is challenging enough -- you must also take care of your workplace’s physical condition. If you let your facility fall apart, you run the risk of having to sink thousands of dollars into major repairs. Not only that, but a worn down, faded workplace does no favors for your reputation or employee morale. This is why, at the very least, you must invest in a new coat of paint every few years or as needed.

Commercial painting comes with its own set of challenges though, namely that it must take place either during business hours or outside of them, and it isn’t always clear which option is optimal. Anderson Painting contractors will work according to a business’s ideal schedule, and we can help you navigate this tough decision. Let’s break down the pros and cons of painting during business hours.

The Pros of Painting During Business Hours

Here are some reasons to consider hiring painters to work while you’re open for business.

No Need to Keep the Lights on After Hours

The primary reason to paint while your doors are open is to save time and money. Hiring painters to work outside of business hours requires you to continue expending energy (electricity, gas, etc.) when you would normally be closed. Additionally, most businesses will want to have at least one company representative present while painting takes place, which requires paying someone (or multiple people) for their time. By getting this done during normal hours, you don’t need to expend these extra resources.

Don’t Burn Daylight

Exterior painting is best performed during the day when there is plenty of natural light to work with. And as it turns out, most businesses operate during the day. When it comes to painting the outside of your business, then, doing so before or after business hours probably won’t yield your commercial painters much daylight.

Keeping Employees in the Loop

Lastly, painting during business hours lets your employees know what’s going on so they don’t accidentally smudge wet paint or step where they shouldn’t.

The Cons of Painting During Business Hours

Unfortunately, painting during business hours is not always ideal -- here’s why:

Slowing Down Production

It’s no secret that any painting project takes time and requires ample space. In many business settings, this reality can cut into operations. For instance, a new application of commercial floor paint might essentially shut down an entire room for several days. And if the project is large enough, your facility will have to deal with the ongoing presence of multiple painting contractors.

Interfering with Customers

Painting during business hours won’t just potentially hamper your productivity -- it can also get in the way of your valued customers. While most people are understanding of these matters, some customers will not appreciate walking into a business filled with painting supplies, paint odors, extra people, roped off areas, signs, etc.

The Pitfalls of Wet Paint

And finally, painting while people are around can quickly result in accidents, even if your painters take great pains to post signage and block off areas from being touched. If employees or customers accidentally touch a surface with wet paint, knock over a paint can, etc., this can set back your painting project, costing you time and money and prolonging the whole process.

The Verdict

So, should you paint during business hours, or wait until your facility is closed and cleared out? The answer ultimately depends on your specific situation, goals, and needs. If your business is relatively small and doesn’t harbor large swaths of customers and employees, painting during the day might make the most sense. But if your business is large, fast-paced, and tightly-scheduled, you might consider hiring a Raleigh painting service for after hours.

Whatever you decide, know that Anderson Painting will work with you to come up with the ideal strategy and schedule. To learn more about us and all we do, call today at 919-610-1855 or email us at!

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