For most business owners, a commercial building is a significant investment and requires maintenance to retain and add value. If you own a commercial property, exterior painting is a crucial part of maintaining your property. Exterior paint can last for several years when high-quality paint is used and applied by a qualified commercial painters. But there are indications that your paint job needs to be updated to ensure you portray a good impression and protect your building’s exterior.
Reasons to Repaint
Exterior paint can last for several years when high-quality paint is used and applied by a qualified professional. But there are indications that your paint job needs to be updated to ensure you portray a good impression and protect your building’s exterior.
1. It’s Been Several Years Since the Last Paint Job
Most experts recommend that commercial exteriors receive a fresh coat of paint about every 3-5 years. The frequency with which your exterior will require new paint depends largely on environmental factors.
2. Fading Color
Direct sunlight exposure and other environmental factors can cause paint to gradually lose its color. It isn’t always easy to notice the degree to which a surface’s pigment has faded, so it helps to keep a reference sample to place against your property. A photo taken after the latest paint job is a good reference. If you notice a significant difference between the two, it’s time to start planning for a new coat of paint.
3. Bubbling or Blistering Paint
The act of bubbling or blistering in exterior paint often indicates the loss of the paint’s adhesion from the underlying surface. This loss of adhesion can happen for many reasons including, sun exposure, extreme changes in weather, trapped contaminants or even a combination of all three.
During humid weather under and direct exposure to UV rays, moisture will become trapped under the exterior wall, and while trying to escape, causes the blistering or bubbling. Similiary, mould and mildew growing under the paint will create this same effect.
4. Visible Disrepair
Paint is an important aspect of protecting a building from the elements. Exterior paint works as a sealant for the walls and siding, helping keep out moisture. A quality paint job protects surfaces from ultraviolet (UV) rays, moisture, extreme temperatures, fungi, and more.
If your property is showing clear signs of damage, your current paint job may no longer be providing the proper level of protection. If the paint on your building is peeling, you could be exposing your building to the elements and quicker deterioration. Mildew, mold, rot, and peeling paint are a sign that it’s time to repaint.
5. Cleaning Doesn’t Work Anymore
Sometimes exterior paint looks dull or faded because of a build up of dust and dirt. It’s a good idea to schedule regular pressure washing to keep your property looking its best. If pressure washing doesn’t significantly improve the appearance of your building, it’s a sign that your paint job needs refreshing.
Business and commercial space repainting, not only protects your premise but can transform your business, by giving your exterior appearance and a fresh, clean and professional look. In other words, repainting your exterior is a long-term investment that can raise your retail property value.
Due to their location, commercial buildings and more specifically their exteriors, will degrade and lose their pristine finish much quicker than residential properties. This worn and dirty appearance is attributed to its exposure to city pollution, including graffiti and more natural elements such as the weather.
With flaking, bubbling around the edges and even the growth of mildew on our exteriors walls, these are all signs that it’s time for a professional paint job. Repainting your commercial building not only gives your property a facelift but can serve as a preventive measure to some of the signs