How Has COVID-19 Affected The Painting and Decorating Industry?
As all of you may or may me not aware, the world is currently very different from what it usually is and the United Kingdom has declared a national state of emergency. This is due to the new coronavirus, or COVID-19. Coronavirus is an illness that originated in Wuhan, China that attacks the lungs. The main symptoms of coronavirus are a continuous cough, shortness of breath and a fever, with the more severe symptoms being pneumonia. Although this may seem intimidating, we must stay reassured that we will all get through this and get through this much stronger. We must also put our trust in our countries including NHS who are working to keep us all safe.
What this national state of emergency for us means is that we must all stay indoors at all times, unless we are leaving the home for essential reasons. These essential reasons are for daily exercise (1 per day), for food shopping, and essential work. Due to these strict government measures, business activity has changed in many different industries, and many other businesses have been forced to close. One of the industries that have been affected by COVID-19 is the painting and decorating industry, and different procedures and availability for services have changed. In this blog, we have covered each way how the painting and decorating industry has been affected.
What has changed?
Currently, construction work is considered as essential so painting and decorating services are still permitted to continue, however, the safety of staff and the public must be considered at all times. One of the government restrictions that has likely had the most effect on the painter and decorating industry is the social distancing rule. The social distancing rule states that people may be at least two metres apart at all time and there cannot be gatherings of more than two people. Due to this, offices have closed, meaning the need for commercial work will likely be greatly reduced. Another key service that this will affect will be all interior services. Due to most homes being confined spaces, it would be highly likely that social distancing rules would be broken in homes. Social distancing rules mean that most interior services cannot be completed as there is too much risk.
Interior services could still take place, however, it would require PPE or many precautions. Due to a shortage of PPE, interior painting and decorating services would certainly be a waste. Even if it was possible for these services to take place, it is likely that there would be little demand as people would not want to increase the risk of them contracting COVID-19 with more people in there home.
What services can still run?
Exterior services pretty much remain unaffected by COVID-19. This is as close contact is not required, and people who are inside of the property can remain inside and do not risk contracting coronavirus. This applies to both domestic and commercial properties. Commercial properties that are closed are likely the safest properties to paint and decorate the exterior of. This is as there is little or nobody entering the property. Offices or commercial properties closing is actually a great opportunity for these businesses to have painting and decorating services. This is due to the services causing no disrupting as there is nobody working in the building. Painting and decorating services can usually cause disturbances due to the noise and the equipment that is used.
Church Stewart is currently open for exterior services only for domestic and commercial services until further notice, and are still responding to customer enquiries. As of the 21st of April 2020, Church Stewart are currently running the following services:
- Exterior Painting and Decorating
- Sash Windows Decorating
- Render and Masonry Decorating
- Shot Refit Decorating
- UPVC Spraying
- Exterior Cladding Coatings
What can painters and decorators do to help customers feel safe?
Although most painting and decorating firms are offering interior services, some customers may still feel like they are putting themselves at risk by having these services take place. Church Stewart and much other painting and decorating firms are taking the social distancing laws extremely seriously, therefore, will never come within two metres to customers. Additionally to this, many firms (including Church Stewart), are travelling with disinfectants to ensure complete hygiene. Church Stewart have taken careful consideration in light of the current situation and also wear gloves and respirators to each service that we provide. This is to remain hygienic, prevent the spread of COVID-19, and keep our customers feeling eased. If you would like to find all of our hygiene precautions, please call us and we will go over these with you in detail.
We are also still taking quotes, however, these will all now be done over video calls alternatively to in-person in properties. This is as quoting in properties would break social distancing rules and wouldn’t be safe.
What to expect after lockdown?
After lockdown, it is expected that the painting and decorating industry will see a huge rise in demand for interior services. There are many reasons for this. One of the most likely reasons being many firms stopping their exterior services from happening. Another reasons is that many people who have been locked at home will start to want changes with their existing interior design. People may also attempt to design their own homes, which could result in an error, which will need to be amended by professionals.
Exterior Painting and Decorating Bristol
Church Stewart offer exterior painting and decorating services in Bristol and the South West, additionally to regularly providing stunning interior painting and decorating services. Our expert decorators have successfully and efficiently decorated domestic and commercial properties such as homes, offices, shops, restaurants, and many other property types! If you’re looking to renew the appearance of your home with new exterior design, choose Church Stewart for expert exterior painting and decorating in Bristol. We offer a wide range of exterior services including sash window decorating, render and masonry decorating, shop refit decorating, UPVC spraying and exterior cladding coatings.