Evolving Landscape Of The Painting Industry: Top Challenges And Changes Over The Years

The painting industry as a “structured trade” dates back to the late 1200s. Two guilds were formed to regulate the price or fee that a journeyman could charge for their painting services. Now we will see the challenges in the painting industry.

Paint has a rich history dating back thousands of years, with evidence of its use in cave paintings. Ancient civilizations like the Egyptians and Greeks used natural pigments mixed with water or oils to create colorful coatings.

During the Renaissance, artists like Leonardo da Vinci experimented with different paint formulations. In the 19th century, the invention of the paint tube revolutionized the art world, making paint more accessible and portable.

Today, modern paint technology continues to evolve, offering a wide range of colors and environmentally friendly options. So, with a lot of painting needs in the new era many people offer others these services and charge the best out of this business.

Today we have what is commonly known as the painters union. One of the many responsibilities of a union is to decide what would be reasonable and customary for a professional painting contractor to charge per one hour of a professional painter’s time.

Unfortunately for the average family, this ONLY pertains to commercial work and is in no way related to what you might be charged to paint your home. Because as in the inflation era everything increased with the time so as the price of every service as is painting. Painters also have so many expenses with this job they need to be fulfilled and also the hike in paint prices will play a part in the high job prices.

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Having been in the painting industry for 25+ years, W.C. Painting Services have seen what is commonly known as the “going rate” for a paint project dramatically change.

In some instances, the cost to paint the exterior of a home has fluctuated by 80-100%. What a professional painter might have charged Mr. and Mrs. Jones back in 1999 would have just about been cut in half for the same paint job to the same home in the same condition nearly ten years later in 2009.

Back in 1999, painting contractors were paying anywhere from $16.00 to $21.00 for a premium exterior, 100% acrylic, latex stain. 13 years later in 2009, the same high-quality paint would cost about double that.

The pricing a professional painting contractor sets for a certain type of project can in no way be determined by supply and demand. Unlike the fruit or crop industries that are susceptible to the theory of supply and demand, painting cannot. Supply and demand as it relates to the painting industry is simple.

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In 1999 the average hourly rate for a professional painter with at least 5 years of solid experience was right around $16.00 per man-hour. In 2009 painting contractors could expect to pay around $24-$28.00 per man-hour

As you can see, the amount of overhead a professional painting contractor would expect to incur to complete an exterior project with a focus on the highest quality has nearly doubled over the last 13 years.

At the same time, the amount that is deemed to be reasonable that a consumer would expect to pay has been virtually cut in half. This has forced many contractors to look to “cut corners”.

An example of cutting corners would be to buy much cheaper paint or hire “painters” with little or no experience in an effort to cut costs and increase profit.

As a consumer, those two cost-cutting ideas would probably make you uneasy and might even have you thinking about taking on the project yourself and canceling all of your weekend plans for the next 10 weekends. Probably not something you wish to do.

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Some consumers have actually resorted to hiring the “cheapest” person in hopes of saving money. I don’t think that I need to explain the importance of hiring someone with experience as it relates to any trade, business, or venture. You get what you pay for and always seem to “pay for it” later.

We are true professional painting contractors who have resorted to downsizing and simply going back to our roots and doing one house at a time and doing it the right way for less money. WC Painting Services realizes all struggle through these tough times as we are the ones that hold true to their beliefs and offer the highest quality at reasonable prices that is why we are the ones who come out on top.

Many unprepared, inexperienced painting contractors who were not in business in 1989, 1993, 1997, 2001, or 2005 when the painting industry saw dramatic changes in the economic factors that directly affected our ability to do business will go out of business and help to correct this issue we have of “supply and demand”.

At WC Painting we understand that labor unions control roughly 25% of the projects out for bid. That doesn’t help out the other 75% of the market which is the homeowners spending their hard-earned money while trying to support their families at the same time. These are the people that need the benefit of price regulations.

So we learned that only 25% of the contractors today actually bid on projects that are susceptible to price control and that the other 75% can charge what they feel would be reasonable. The 21st century has consumers guessing what would be reasonable and customary charges.

So what should you as a consumer expect to pay for a high-quality paint job? You should expect to pay an amount equal to the price you feel comfortable paying while dealing with a true, professional, experienced painting contractor that still believes in honesty, integrity, high-quality workmanship, great customer service, and hard work, and is willing to offer you these services with a smile and a handshake.

At WC Painting Services we pride ourselves on our ability to do just that each and every day. That is what our customers have come to expect and that is what we will continue to provide to them.

WC Painting Services is here to help you with all of your home improvement needs and will always work hard to earn your business and no amount of economic strain can ever take that away.

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