Last updated 2 days 19 hours ago
When a contractor remodels an office space, pressure washing or sandblasting is often involved. This is particularly true if the building is old or in bad shape. If your contractor has recommended pressure washing or sandblasting, keep reading to learn about the differences between them and when they are most effective.
Description of Pressure Washing
Pressure washing, or power washing, is the use of a high-pressure water spray to clean various surfaces. A pressure washer consists of a motor that pumps the water and a hose that shoots the water out at pressures between 750 to 30,000 psi. Pressure washing contractors might use cold water or hot, and they sometimes add bleach or other cleaning chemicals, depending on the condition of the surfaces. Pressure washers may be used indoors or outdoors.
Description of Sandblasting
Sandblasting is similar to pressure washing in that it propels materials at a very high velocity. However, sandblasting uses small pieces of abrasive material, such as steel grit, to clean a surface. A sandblaster consists of an air compressor, a nozzle, and the abrasive material. The contractor must take precautions by using a respirator to avoid breathing in these materials. Sandblasting can be used on walls, pipes, and elsewhere.
Benefits of Pressure Washing
Having the exterior of your commercial building pressure washed on a regular basis can help it look its best. If you’ve noticed mold, fungus, or a dingy appearance on your siding, walkway, or other areas, talk to a contractor about pressure washing. Also, pressure washing is often done prior to a painting project in order to thoroughly clean the surface.
Benefits of Sandblasting
Contractors often use sandblasting prior to a painting project because it creates an extremely smooth surface for the primer and paint. Sandblasting removes rust, corrosion, and discoloration. You can also have a contractor use sandblasting to remove old layers of paint prior to a new application.
Enlist the help of John Byrne Painting for your commercial cleaning or painting projects. Our professionals are highly trained in abrasive blasting. Call our Philadelphia, PA location at (484) 801-0105 to schedule an appointment today.
Last updated 9 days ago
The interior design of your office space says a lot about your company. These days, many businesses prefer open floor plans to allow a greater degree of collaboration among employees. Still, there are a diverse range of options to consider with your contractor when designing your office space.
For some helpful ideas on office design, watch this video. You’ll hear an interior designer talk about the merits of each type of design. Also, you’ll learn about workstation options that offer privacy yet still allow collaboration.
If you’re planning a tenant build-out or other remodeling project, talk to the expert contractors at John Byrne Painting. Call our Philadelphia, PA location at (484) 801-0105 and ask us about painting, sandblasting, and our other services.
Last updated 16 days ago
Whether your business is moving into a new space or updating its offices, there are many aesthetic and practical elements to consider. Since the right design features can support your business’ mission, it’s important to consult a qualified commercial contractor about your modifications. Talk to your contractor about which updates will best suit your business type and structure.
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While the cubicle and executive office space are features that are likely to persist for years to come, some businesses have begun taking a more flexible approach to work areas. Businesses that thrive on collaboration among employees may prefer a team-oriented layout. For example, you might have clusters of workstations instead of rows. During a tenant build-out or other remodeling project, consider the typical work structure of your employees in order to determine the best configuration for their workstations.
The color themes of your office space can directly impact the moods of the employees and make a statement about the business. For example, if you’re doing a tenant build-out for a kids’ toy store, you might prefer to pick vibrant, kid-friendly colors. If your business space is primarily for your employees, on the other hand, you might prefer soothing colors like blue and green. Think about your business and typical clientele when discussing color themes with your painting contractor.
Businesses these days are moving more toward open floor plans that encourage a sense of camaraderie. If your office space does not have an open floor plan, consider addressing this issue when you plan the tenant build-out. Your contractor can remove some walls to provide a spacious area for your business. Or, if you prefer, you could talk to the contractor about building half walls. Half walls are popular interior design features because they offer some privacy while preserving the spirit of collaboration.
For more information on tenant build-outs, consult the contractors of John Byrne Painting. We offer painting, drywall, and carpentry services to businesses in Philadelphia. Contact us at (484) 801-0105 to discuss your contracting needs today.
Last updated 1 month ago
When the time comes to give your commercial property a new coat of paint, it’s helpful to understand painting terminology and proper preparation techniques, as this knowledge can save significant time when the painters arrive. Here are some resources sites with information to get you started:
For more information on commercial painting, call John Byrne Painters of Philadelphia at (484) 801-0105.
Last updated 1 month ago
Few things make a commercial building look more attractive to customers and passersby than a fresh coat of paint. As you begin to plan your commercial painting project, you may encounter some industry-specific terms that you may not be familiar with. A solid understanding of paint jargon can help you better communicate with the painters. Here are four terms to get you started:
1. Surface Prep
Before you can start painting a building, the entire exterior area must be cleared of dirt, grime, and other debris to ensure that the paint will stick directly to the surface. The surface should be thoroughly scraped, sanded, and washed before painting begins. This process is called “surface prep.”
Sandblasting is a technique that painters use to rid surfaces of old paint. In general, they consist of a blasting gun connected by hoses to a tank full of finely ground silica sand. When the gun’s trigger is pulled, the particles of sand are blown out of the tank and out the barrel at a high rate of speed. These flying particles rip old paint and debris from the soon-to-be-painted surface easily, leaving behind a clear canvas to apply paint.
3. Latex Paint
Paint needs a solvent in order to get it to the right consistency, and in latex paint, the solvent is water. Latex paint makes an excellent choice for exterior painting, as it dries quickly and needs only soap, water, and a good scrubbing to clean up if it spills.
4. Gloss Finish
Paint needs to be finished in order to be protected from the elements and everyday wear and tear. For commercial painting projects, gloss is usually the best choice of finish. Compared to other finishes, it is tougher, easier to clean, and gives surfaces a sleeker and more modern look.
You don’t have to be an expert in paint terminology when you work with John Byrne Painting of the Tri-State Area. Our professional painters will work with you every step of the project to keep you informed and clear up any points of confusion. To get started planning your painting project, call us at (484) 801-0105.