Within the painting contracting industry, several professionals contribute to the overall construction, home improvement, or simple repainting projects of a house or building. One such professional, of course, is the painting contractor. Often called in to residential, commercial, or industrial jobs, painting contractors can provide epoxy coatings, pressure washing, wallpaper, and paint to exteriors and interiors.
Painting contractors should have a background in contract work, either independently or with a construction company. A painting contractor requires a license to operate a business, and some on-the-job training with a general contractor is also helpful. The broader a contractor's scope of services, the more tools, equipment, supplies, and specialty coatings he or she will need.
Special skills required include ability to lift heavy items, physical ability to climb to high places such as roofs via ladders, good communications skills, and good business sense. Obviously a proficiency in the actual work is required, whether the contractor focuses on exterior jobs, interior jobs, decorative services, faux painting, or flooring.
Another professional in this business is the color consultant, who can give specific advice to customers on the best color palette to choose when painting the exterior or interior of a house or business. He or she may utilize clip art, color wheels, and before-and-after photos to illustrate the best color combinations. Color consultants usually have a background in design of some sort, such as interior design.
Related professions may include flooring, concrete, drywall, and general contractors. All such professionals contribute to the overall look of a home or other structure.