Why Commercial Buildings Should Be Maintained with Paint

Maintain Your Commercial Buildings With Paint

First impressions are key

Regardless of your industry, if your building and work spaces look shabby it gives the impression that it’s not well maintained and that you don’t care. Think of your commercial space like you view your home. When you pull up to your house, how is the curb appeal? What is the entrance like? Is it littered with children’s toys and full of 3 months dirt and grime? These same visitors will view your business in the same light.

The only difference is customers may decide to avoid your business due to your upkeep standards and that can end up costing you in the long run. Avoid having this happen to you by making sure you keep up with building maintenance. Yes, this includes your painting.

Why Commercial Buildings Should Be Maintained with Paint

Color is also key

You may not realize it, but the colors you choose could make a difference to your bottom line. You want to incorporate your own brand into the scheme, but be aware of how colors affect people’s moods. Some painting companies may offer color consultants. Other’s may refer you out to a local interior designer. These resources can point you in the right direction to achieve your desired result for interior and exterior. Most good color consultants, interior designers and professional painters with experience will take into account a variety of factors, including landscaping, to make your building more appealing.

Absolutely hire a professional

Painting and maintaining a commercial property is similar to painting your home with one exception, it’s on a much grander scale. You have to be realistic and understand the scope of the project. There’s a lot that can be overlooked if you aren’t highly skilled in what to look for. That’s one of the reasons why you should hire a professional. There are a lot of steps that need to take place before a single layer of paint is applied. If you miss a step in the process, it could mean you will be doing this all over again in another year or so; which is much sooner than you should ever have to.

Climate and temperature

When it comes to heat, wind, rain, tornado or hail, your building should stand in its own glory. In order to withstand the elements, a good paint job and maintenance of that paint is vital. Fluctuating temperatures and humidity can make paint expand and contract, making it more likely to crack and chip away. You don’t want customers driving by a building that looks like it’s not taken care of because some of them will do just that: drive by instead of stopping in. Have you ever thought to yourself “that place looks like a dump”.

Protection against degradation

Having the natural materials of the building exposed to the elements can wreak havoc on the building’s overall health. Lack of maintenance can result in moisture getting into places you don’t want it. In addition to it wrecking your paint job if not applied properly, wet places are more likely to develop dry rot and mold growth, which could end up costing you a lot more in the long run. If gone unattended this could also lead to health related concerns in your business with employees.

Performing regular maintenance keeps these issues from becoming expense surprises. It’s better to know about a problem as soon as possible so it can be fixed and prevented from creating further damage.

Have you ever thought to yourself “that place looks like a dump”.
 

Regulatory compliance

The National Council on Building Code Standards (NCBCS) coordinates across geographical boundaries to regulate building maintenance. They were enacted to provide a minimum level of protection from hazards as well as assisting local governments in adhering to city standards and protocol. The Minnesota sub-zero temperatures can easily warp or distort the building as well as cause holes, cracks, and other conditions. Applying a couple layers of paint and maintaining the health of the building can help prevent that from happening. It could also save you from extra inspections or fines from the city or county that you are in.

It’s all about keeping it safe

While there are regulated safety standards, it shows a commitment to your customer’s safety to go above and beyond. Make sure the building is maintained. One extra thing you can do is ensure all of the paint meets high standards. Quality is important. Make sure it presents a minimal health risk. Odorless paints are popular because they present less of an impact on your customers. If your organization is green-focused, you can also implement painting techniques that have less of an impact on our mother earth.

The basics

A commercial building isn’t exempt from needing basic repairs. A professional painting company, like Elite Finisher, should be able to help with wood repair or replacement and fixing drywall. Always make sure that you start with a good surface. Trying to paint over something that should be repaired always ends up costing more in the long run.


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