The difference between a Commercial painter
and a “regular” Residential house painter

Chapter 1

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Chapter 1: The difference between a commercial painting company and a “regular” residential house painting company?

To start it’s important to discern between a Commercial Painting Company and a Residential Painting Company.

A Commercial Painting Contractor specializes in painting large painting projects for:

All of the above businesses have many moving parts. A commercial painter is able to address these needs which are much different than the painting needs of residential customers.  A Boston Commercial Painting Contractor is set up to meet these unique needs better than a residential painting company. Some larger Boston Area Painting Companies and Contractors do both Commercial and Residential painting but have separate “departments” for each type of work. This is just fine too.





  • Homeowners Associations (HOAs) where multiple building owners have a stake in the project’s outcome and need individual billing and invoicing.
  • Condominium complexes which are managed by either a board of directors or a Property Manager.
  • Condominium communities which the residents manage.
  • Large and small exterior and interior projects for a business – especially if the business needs to stay open during the painting process.
  • Specialized businesses such as dental & medical offices, software companies, and hospitals may have delicate equipment that needs protection from paint and dust.
  • Businesses on a tight project timeframe must ensure that the Boston Commercial Painting Company shows up when they say they will.
  • A business doing a remodeling project where the painting is just one piece of the project must fall into the timeline with other trades, such as electricians, plumbers, and flooring companies.
  • Companies with unique items that need painting, such as pipes, gas tanks, speed bumps, flag poles, and bollards to paint.
  • Companies that need to continue to operate during business hours need a Commercial Painting Company to come in during nights/weekends and off-hours.
  • Companies that need the Commercial Painting Contractors to protect their workers and employees with a strict and written health and safety protocol plans.
  • A business with a tight deadline for the painting portion of the project either to meet an inspection or because the painting needs to be done in time for another trade to start.

Go to Chapter 2 – How to find a Commercial Painting Company in the Boston-area

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