A Comprehensive Guide to Commercial & Residential Painting Projects

Many people believe that commercial and residential painting is the same. Painting is painting, and it doesn’t really matter where it’s done – right? In reality, there is a significant difference between these two types of painting, which is why you want to work with an experienced painting contractor who understands the difference and knows how to get each type of job done properly.

What Is The Difference Between Commercial & Residential Painting?

Residential vs. Commercial Painting

Residential painters provide painting services to people’s homes, which can include both the interior and exterior walls, along with cabinets, decks, and trim. Because these projects tend to be fairly small, they generally take less time and fewer painters to complete.

Maricopa commercial painting refers to painting in a larger or commercial building, such as an apartment complex, hospital, school, office building, or manufacturing facility. These projects generally require a larger number of painters, more equipment, and more time than residential painting jobs.

What is the Difference Between Arizona Commercial & Residential Painting?

Although they may seem similar, painting residential and commercial properties are very different, each requiring different tools, equipment, and skills. Residential painting requires respect and privacy for the family, although the job tends to be done faster. Commercial painting can be more complex due to the increased square footage as well as the presence of employees, customers, inventory, and other equipment in the workspace. That’s why working with an experienced Gilbert commercial painting crew is imperative so that you can feel confident that the job will be done properly, respectfully, safely, and as quickly as possible.

Some additional differences between residential and commercial painting include:

Size & Scope of the Project

Residential painting can include the exterior of the home or a few interior spaces and may be done in hours or a couple of days, while commercial projects can be much larger in scope, such as a shopping mall, airport, or office building, and take more time to complete.

Number of Painters

Due to the difference in size and scope, larger commercial projects will require more painters and/or more time to complete. Scottsdale professional painters will get the job done in shifts or work with larger crews to ensure that deadlines are met.

Different Materials & Equipment

Smaller residential projects will use smaller paintbrushes, rollers, paint trays, drop cloths, and other materials so that everything fits into the space. In the vast majority of cases, only the wood exterior of the home, wood cabinetry and trim, and interior sheetrock will be painted. Additionally, the type of paint that will be used is different. Homeowners may be very selective about the color and glossiness of their paint so that it fits well with the rest of their home, hides imperfections in the wall, and matches their décor style.

In contrast, commercial painters need more experience painting wood, concrete, metal, marble, plastic, and other materials that may be present in a commercial or industrial setting. This typically requires more equipment that may include pressure washers, paint sprayers, scaffolding, and lifts, along with expertise in using industrial-grade painters, primers, tints, and specialty coatings.


Residential painters in Gilbert paint common items around the home:

  • Exterior siding
  • Interior walls
  • Cabinetry
  • Trim
  • Decks
  • Garages
  • Fences

Residential painters may also be able to remove wallpaper, patch and repair walls, repair plaster and stucco, remove popcorn ceiling texture, apply different types of ceiling texture, and similar services.

Commercial painters offer industrial painting and coating on larger spaces, and may also offer surface preparation, sandblasting, and other related services to prepare or finish an area.


Scheduling a commercial painting job can be complicated and is more likely to be done after hours when employees and customers are no longer in the workspace. Residential painting is usually done Monday through Friday during the regular workday, depending on the preference of the homeowner.

Project Management

Project management goals differ between residential and commercial jobs. Delays can be extremely expensive for a business, so commercial projects tend to focus on deadlines, timeliness, and avoiding disruption to the flow of business. Homeowner satisfaction and attention to the details of the job is the primary goal in residential painting. In both cases, careful paint application and professionalism are essential.

Risk Management

Residential painters are experienced in furniture and floor protection, preventing drips, and cleaning up when they are finished with the job. Commercial jobs will have different safety concerns, including the use of lifts and scaffolding, handling chemicals, and safety around customers. A Queen Creek painting company utilizes careful risk management in all of its jobs.

Work with the Painting Pros Who Can Handle It All

ACP Painting is proud to offer both commercial and residential painting services across the Valley. Our crews and project managers have extensive experience with the many considerations that come with each type of job. We have the tools, equipment, experience, and workforce that is needed to handle your painting job with ease and professionalism. Contact us today to get a free estimate on your painting project!


ACP Painting, LLC. 
20987 N John Wayne Pkwy
Maricopa, AZ 85139

Phone: 480-785-6323