How Much to Paint a Commercial Property?


Do you ever look around your commercial property and think it looks a little shabby or run down? Do you want to find a way to spruce things up and make your space look more professional? There’s nothing like a fresh coat of paint to liven up a building, but how much will that cost you?

The price to paint a commercial property depends on a variety of factors. Read on to discover how much you can expect to pay to get your property painted.

Benefits of Painting Your Building

Before we dive into the costs associated with painting your building, let’s talk some about the benefits. First and foremost, there’s no substitute for curb appeal when it comes to drawing in customers. Customers are much more likely to take a chance on your business if your building looks fresh and clean than if it looks dirty and disheveled.

Even if you don’t operate a B2C business, having a sharp-looking building is still important. You may be conducting meetings with potential clients or investors, and you want them to take you seriously. Potential clients will often Google your business during their research phase and a rundown Google Street view photo could lose you a sale. 

Paint Amounts

When you’re getting ready to calculate the costs of painting your building, the first thing you need to figure out is how much paint you’ll need.

Begin by calculating the area of all the walls, interior, and exterior, that you want painted. To do this, simply multiply the length of the wall by its height. You may want to calculate the area of any doors and windows in the room and subtract those numbers from the total wall area.

When you’re running these calculations, make sure you consider whether you want to paint the ceiling in any interior rooms and add that to your total painted area.

In most cases, a gallon of paint will cover about 300 square feet of a smooth wall, so you can divide your total area by 300 to determine how many gallons of paint your job will need. Multiply that by $65 (the average cost of a gallon of premium commercial paint) to get your total paint costs.

Labor Costs

In addition to buying the paint for your commercial paint job, you’ll also need to pay for the labor. Painting is a lot of work, and it takes a fair amount of skill and preparation to ensure you get smooth, even coats on the walls, and that nothing else gets covered in paint that’s not supposed to.

And if you want to get your job done on an efficient schedule, you may need to hire a whole team of painters.

Painters work by the hour, with most companies charging between $60 and $100 per hour. A painter can usually cover between 150 and 200 square feet in an hour, so you can calculate how long it should take your team to finish painting your building. Don’t forget to account for the time it will take the painters to prepare your space and clean up once they’re done.

Wall Texture

Paint and labor costs are the two pillars of a basic paint job cost, but there are some other factors that may increase your specific price. For instance, textured walls take both more paint and more time to get them fully covered. If you have textured walls throughout your building, you need to plan to pay more for your paint job.

How much extra your textured wall costs will depend in large part on how textured it is. An extremely textured wall may use a gallon of paint every 250 square feet and may take a significant amount of extra time to cover. But a lightly textured wall may not have a significant difference in labor time or paint costs.

Type of Paint

Another important factor in your paint cost calculations is what type of paint you’re using. Good-quality commercial paint can cost anywhere between $50 and $75 a gallon. But if you’re using a specialty paint, you may need to pay more than that per gallon. 

You may also expect differences in price if you’re using exterior versus interior paint. Different levels of gloss in the finish (eggshell, semi-gloss, high gloss, etc.) may also run different prices. You need to balance the visual benefits these will bring to your building against the extra cost to get special paint. 

Building Condition 

Something else you need to take into consideration when calculating your paint job costs is the condition of your building. It’s hard to paint a wall that’s full of holes, mold, or mildew. And if there are cracks or chips in the sheetrock, your painters may need to spend time repairing those before they begin work.

Take a hard look at all the walls you want painted, looking for any problems or damage. Water damage, mold, mildew, and holes will likely require you to replace the sheetrock in that area completely before it’s painted. Small patch jobs and repairs will likely not impact your price too drastically.

Average Cost Per Square Foot 

So after all the paint and labor and texture and repairs, how much will it cost to paint your building?

In general, you should plan on somewhere between a total of $0.33 and $0.66 per square foot you’re getting painted. For most businesses, paint will cost somewhere between $2,000 and $3,000, with an additional $5,000 to $8,000 for labor.

Discover the Cost to Paint a Commercial Property

Getting your commercial property painted is an investment, but certainly a worthwhile one. Your paint costs will depend mostly on the size of your building. But other factors such as wall texture and the condition of your building can also play a part in your final overall paint estimate. 

If you’d like to get the best in the business to paint a commercial property for you, check out the rest of our site at Harman Custom Painting. We are Florida’s premier residential and commercial painting service. Get a free estimate today and start upgrading your business’s look the easy way.