The exterior of your building is the first glimpse customers see when approaching your commercial property. You'll want to make a good first impression, and this means keeping the building well-maintained. The roof and paint should be kept in proper shape, along with the landscape. When customers are impressed by the exterior, it influences their perception of what to expect from your business. For example, when someone pulls up to a restaurant with faded and peeling paint, they may worry about the cleanliness inside and decide not to eat there. However, when they approach a restaurant with a newer roof and paint that looks fresh, they'll already have high expectations regarding the food and service. With everything that you'll have on your mind as a business owner, you may let some signs of paint damage go unnoticed. This article will help point out signs to watch for that indicate a new paint job is in order.
Look for Areas With Faded Paint
Paint fades due to UV rays and moisture attacking the paint's surface over time. When this happens, you'll notice areas of the building that get the most sun look lighter. There will also be a powdery layer on the surface that you'll be able to wipe off the building as if it were chalk. When you start noticing areas showing these signs, it means the time's come for you to have the building repainted.
Watch for Peeling Paint
Peeling paint can cause your building to look old and neglected. Paint peels when the existing coat is no longer adhering to the surface properly. Moisture and humidity can be the biggest causes of this happening. Not only will the peeling cause the building to look unsightly, but it also takes away the first level of protection your building has against weather and even pests. Once you see areas of paint that are starting to peel, it's a good time to have it repainted.
Look for Areas of Staining
The paint can be stained by things like dirt, grime, birds, water draining coming from broken rain gutters, and more. The stains can give the building an aged look. Also, some types of stains, such as those from bird droppings, can cause more damage. For example, bird droppings are acidic in nature and can cause extensive damage to paint and the underlying structure. Before a building is repainted, it will be prepared and the bird droppings will be removed during this process. Once a new paint job is on your building, it will be protected from further damage.
Now that you know what to look for around your building's exterior, you'll be in a better position to recognize when to have your building repainted. Call a commercial exterior painting company to get started.