Painting the hallways of a condo or apartment building is one of the most cost-effective forms of maintenance. Property managers know well, that paint can revitalize and renew a building for a relatively small amount of money.
Despite the known benefits of fresh paint, painting the hallways is often postponed from year to year. Everyone knows they need to be painted, but somehow other more pressing needs take over. These are just hallways after all, they are functional spaces, they work just fine. The floors get cleaned, all mechanical elements are maintained, but what about the condition of the walls? What about the yellowed ceilings, the damaged drywall or the plaster that’s cracking?
The Aesthetic Benefits of a Hallway Paint Job
It’s a good idea to have someone walk the building’s common areas every few months and look for areas that need improvement. The board of directors, representing the residents best interests, can address these improvements during the board meetings.
Minding the Cost of Painting
While hard to dispute the value of a paint job, there are still ways to make budget friendly choices. First of all, getting contractors that are unqualified and using inferior materials is false economics. There are better ways to save money, without compromising quality and your residents’ peace of mind.
- By all means, get 3-4 estimates but pre-qualify the bidders first.
- Ask the contractors for their preferred time of the year to do the project. Painting contractors in Toronto appreciate doing these during the winter time. It keeps their painters busy and they price these projects accordingly. At Ecopainting we love painting condo buildings from December to March and our painters enjoy the stability of working at a big project. The paints today are virtually odourless and will not inconvenience the residents.
- Be smart about how many colours you need. Use one colour for the walls and one for all the doors. Maybe add another colour for the lobby area, but keeping the colour scheme simple will save money. Painters like to be moving through these projects fast and colour changes slow the process down.
- Have a plan and ask your chosen contractor to work with you on it. Maybe the elevator doors are in good condition or the ceilings only need a touch up. Maybe some walls can be left alone for another year and only the unit doors need paint. Whatever you decide, definitely keep the lobby and recreation areas clean and bright. Use the best quality paint and don’t skimp on how many coats you use. Labour is much more expensive than paint, so use the best paint. The right coating system can increase the longevity of a painted surface by years.
Painting the Walls of your Condo Building
Use Colour and Decor Elements
The Doors Could use Some Work
When the Ceiling Needs Painting
Tip: use pure white or a very light off white colour. Stay away from a light beige, as it will look like it yellowed already.
Environmental Impact of Paint on the Indoor Air Quality
There is a growing trend for green building and it has been adopted by leading builders. Eco-friendly lifestyles are now promoted in the builders’ marketing materials like never before. Cleaner air ventilation, water saving plumbing, energy efficient lights and appliances,these are all features that consumers welcome. Construction materials such as flooring and paint are chosen for their reduced VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) properties. The average Canadian spends more than 80% of their time indoors, so paying attention to Indoor Air Quality makes sense. Whether painting a new building or an occupied one, common sense and basic facts should be taken seriously.
Paint during the Construction Phase
Better quality, low VOC paint should be used during the building of a condo building. It dries and cures faster and the off-gassing is kept to a minimum.
Painting in an Occupied Apartment Building
In addition to paint and coatings there are other products with strong odours and VOC. Adhesives, sealants, carpets and furniture materials can be very toxic. It is important that contractors spec and coordinate projects with consideration for the safety and health of the residents.
Ecopainting Inc. is an eco-friendly Commercial Painter in Toronto. Through the use of zero VOC paint and our environmental policies, we work to minimize the impact our painting may have on our customers’ Indoor Air Quality.
What Can you Expect from your Painting Contractor?
The Ecopainting Process
After your request for proposal, you will meet with one of our estimators. Our estimator will carefully listen to you in order to assess your needs. After the initial meeting, we will measure the quantities and inspect the current condition of what needs painting. After a few questions, the estimator will prepare a detailed proposal for you, complete with the cost for labour and materials.
We also forward our liability insurance and WSIB documentation, as well as a list of our commercial clients.
For the duration of the project there will be an onsite job manager always available to address any concerns. The job manager will arrange an inspection with your representative at the end of the project.
Painting your property can be a well managed and pleasant experience. The right painting contractor will take care of the needs of your building as well as the residents. Ecopainting is that painting contractor. We have been servicing the condo market in the Greater Toronto Area for over 15 years. Call us at 416 733-7767 and one of our estimators will be in touch to discuss your project needs.
We aslo offer painting services for townhouse complexes.