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5 Signs Your Commercial Building Needs Re-Painting

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Does the exterior of your commercial building need to be repainted? View our top signs below.

Living in the Sunshine State has its perks. Plenty of sunshine year-round and fresh, crisp ocean air are just a few of them. But when it comes to your commercial building, these perks can often turn into big problems. Blistering heat, saltwater in the air, and frequent summer storms take their toll on your commercial building, causing costly damage, not to mention an unsightly appearance for your building. In addition to protecting your building and tenants, a fresh repaint also increases curb appeal, creating a welcoming business environment.

Repainting your building is a smart business move, as it can provide a new look and brand for your business that gets you noticed. Now is the perfect time to inspect your building for possible exterior damage. Before cracks and rot set in, look for these 5 signs that will tell you its time to hire a commercial painting contractor:

  1. Mold, Mildew or Algae
    Excess moisture in the air from high humidity and rain can cause mold and other issues that quickly spread. In addition to stains and odors, be on the lookout for black or green patches of mold beneath the surface, and small black dots on the surface (mildew). Algae is more common than mold and has a similar look but is much easier to remove. If you notice any of these, take immediate action to safeguard your tenants.
  2. Bubbling
    Pockets of air underneath the paint create bubbles on the wall and are signs of water damage.
  3. Peeling or Chipping
    Weather takes its toll on the parts of your building without paint or sealants and spreads. When paint peels back or chips, it lets water and sunlight hit the bare siding, which causes damage.
  4. Dry Rot
    Dry rot happens when fungus from moisture grows underneath walls and floors. If left untreated, it can spread and wreak damage on your commercial building’s foundation. Quality primer and caulk added before repainting adds a barrier between the paint and building, helping account for temperature variations and preventing dry rot.
  5. Fading and Chalking
    The Florida sun’s UV rays take a toll on commercial buildings. A telltale sign of this is uneven coloring on your exterior walls. Old painting also becomes chalky over time and the powdery paint comes right off. Buildings that are directly exposed to sunlight usually require repainting once every three years.

Typical commercial industry standards recommend exterior repainting every 3-5 years, an interior painting once every 5 years and maintenance touch-ups at least once a year. This is important because of the paint:

• Protects the exterior
• Protects from water damage
• Protects from sun damage
• Prevents damage from termites and rodents
• Extends the lifetime of your siding

If you have experienced any of these signs of water damage to your building, its time to contact a commercial painting company to prevent further damage. For more than 30 years, A-1 Tropic Painting & Waterproofing has been dedicated to making sure your project is done correctly, on time, every time. See our references,click here and give us a call at (954) 370-9707.