5 Signs it's Time to Repaint Your Commercial Building
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 we'll mention below.
1. Visible mould and mildew
In both residential and commercial exteriors, a good paint job will protect your building against the elements. Over time, however, prolonged exposure will begin to take its toll on the paint, and one of the biggest signifiers is the mould and mildew that will start to grow and spread due to excess moisture.
This is especially a problem with porous building structures and commercial properties that reside in humid or dark environments.
Mould and mildew are responsible for the unpleasant odours and blotchy stains you may find around your building's exterior. While they'll undoubtedly drop the overall appearance of your property, they are also a serious health hazard if left unchecked. In these situations, a fresh paint job will act as protection from moisture and safeguard your property.
2. Fading Paint
Fading paint is another tell-tale sign that it's time for a fix-up. For external walls, fading will usually occur quicker when low-quality paint or poor techniques are used. UV rays will work to break down the chemical bonds causing fade to occur faster in low-quality formulas.
As exposure to the sun is the direct cause for fading paint, we recommend using a formula that offers added protection for external walls. Professional painters can assist in selecting the right paint for your building, providing protection and a longer-lasting colour that will make your building look brand new.
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.
A poor painting job where contaminates aren't properly removed or the correct paint isn't used will eventually lead to cracking, peeling, and consequential long-term damage to your buildings surface. To remedy this bubbly texture, we recommend getting a professional commercial painter to inspect the property as they'll be able to provide the best solution for your building.
4. Pressure washing damage
Pressure washing your building is often a part of the standard exterior maintenance. It provides a quick, inexpensive way to keep your walls clean and welcoming. However, frequent pressure washing may end up doing more harm than good in the long, resulting in damage to your paint.
Commercial pressure washing can allow water to reach under the walls insulation, wiring and plaster. Once the water is inside the wall, it's impossible to evaporate with damaging the paint and surface.
Signs of this damage not only means that it's time to repaint but that you might need to be more careful when pressure washing your exterior.
5. Rebranding the business space
Your exterior building acts as your business's the first impression to foot traffic, so as time goes on, you may find yourself needing to revamp your branding and your premise.
Unlike some of our other signifies, you may need to repaint your building to attract foot traffic or better represent your business and its brand. Though through rebranding your commercial space, you may find that repainting your exterior can serve as a way to protect your building from some of the damage we've mentioned above.
Benefits of repainting your commercial space
The industry standard recommends that you repaint your property every 3-5 years depending on the current conditions. Below are some of the benefits of repainting your commercial property-
- It prevents damages from termites, rodents and other pests
- It also keeps moisture out during humid weather, preventing mould and mildew
- Repainting helps to reduce the amount of maintenance needed on your walls
- Helps the building siding and trims to last longer
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.
So if your commercial building is currently suffering from any of the issues given above, contact our Dulux accredited commercial painting contractors in Sydney, as they'll be able to assist in both protecting and revitalising your property.