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April 10th, 2019

 

Make Facade Restoration an Essential Part of Your Building Maintenance Plan

Your building facade plays a central role in the aesthetic value of your property.

An up-to-date, well-maintained exterior makes a strong first impression that bolsters your reputation and attracts profitable tenants and customers.

And by including proactive facade restoration in your building maintenance program, you can preserve these benefits while lowering the cost of repairs over the long term.

Facade Damage Builds Up Over Time

One of the reasons why facade restoration is all too easy to neglect is that most of the damage accumulates slowly, over months or even years, rather than from a single, dramatic event.

Here are just a few factors that contribute to the damage your facade will sustain:

  • Characteristics of the building, including age, construction materials and texture
  • Volume and type of traffic patterns 
  • Local climate, including hot or cold temperatures, high winds and precipitation
  • Salt and organic deposits in coastal regions like Hawaii and Florida
  • Soiling and pollutants which build up over time, and may include acid rain, industrial emissions or environmental oxidation

Neglecting Maintenance Now = More Costly Repairs Later

Extensive deterioration hurts the value of your property and can become a safety hazard. It’s also more difficult and more expensive to fix the longer you wait.

  • Soiling from dust, dirt and other debris doesn’t just degrade the appearance of your building. It also conceals structural defects like deterioration, corrosion, fractures and cracks, so they’re more likely to remain undetected.
  • Harmful water penetration can weaken the structure, increasing the risk of mishaps including falling debris or even facade failure. You may also be held liable for injuries caused by accidents in which neglected damage was a factor.

Facade Inspections Tell You What to Prioritize

Regular inspections by a trusted service provider are the first step toward making facade restoration a routine part of doing business instead of something you put off until later.

  • Look for surface damage such as warping, cracking, loose screws, building settlement or shifting and water leaks.
  • Check all building openings which could be a source of water leakage, such as doors, windows and vents.
  • Identify structural damage that could cause leaks or moisture build-up, including cracks, disappearing sealants and pollutants.
  • Inspect for damage to roof elements including copings and flashings, as well as debris clogging gutters, downspouts and drains.

Keep detailed records of all inspection findings along with the results of prior maintenance and repair activity.

Custom Preventive Maintenance Boosts Facade Value

Preventive maintenance for your facade involves decisions about the appropriate cleaning methods and products to use. Because every facility is unique, maintenance should be customized based on a number of factors such as building size and materials, geographic location and types of damage to be addressed.

  • Metal restoration brings back the color and luster of assets including anodized aluminum, stainless steel and copper, and adds a layer of protection against future damage.
  • Window frames become faded or develop an unsightly chalky appearance. When addressed early, proper maintenance techniques restore the proper color and sheen. High performance paints can update the appearance of window frames or conceal permanent damage.
  • Professional glass restoration corrects etching, hard water damage, oxidation and other problems that cannot be addressed by cleaning alone. Window glass is vulnerable to hard water and moisture buildup, ultraviolet light, extreme temperatures and precipitation. It also takes abuse during manufacturing, distribution and construction.
  • Stone facade restoration includes cleaning and sealing to protect against future damage. Other stone maintenance services include power washing, vandalism or graffiti removal and removing efflorescence from brick surfaces.

Do you have questions about facade restoration for your facility? Contact Mid America Metals today!

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