Although building maintenance can depend on what type of building you have and where it’s built; one of the things most commercial buildings have in common is they all have paint on the outside.
Paint is a fairly durable finish but depending on the climate you’re in, it can wear and tear sooner than you think if it’s not protected properly. If it’s been a while since you painted the exterior of your commercial building, it’s a good idea to read up on what exactly you’ll need and what precautions you should take.
Here are a few ways to protect your paint against extreme weather conditions.
One of the easiest ways your exterior paint gets damaged is from water coming from heavy rains, humidity, snow, and ice. Waterproofing is an excellent way to prevent water damage to the exterior and many waterproofing contractors often encounter projects where much of the damage they see could have been mitigated just by taking a few precautions.
Water damage can occur when water enters the building through groundwater run-off, lack of management of fountains or man-made lakes, cracks and fissures, and porous surfaces on building materials.
In order to protect the surfaces of your commercial building, waterproofing contractors will often use an elastomeric coating. This type of coating is most frequently used for commercial and industrial purposes because of its strong water-resistant properties. Elastomerics are flexible and allow trapped moisture to exit a building’s structure—but without affecting the cohesion of the coating.
Keeping Corrosion in Check
Corrosion can make any commercial building look outdated and, when left unchecked, can expose the exterior to the elements. If you have visible corrosion on the exterior of your building, a client may think twice about working with you, or even take their business elsewhere.
In order to prevent corrosion, you’ll need to seal your building with a protective coating. Many contractors prefer to use epoxy coatings, which have excellent adhesion properties and will help protect your commercial building investment for years. This makes them the ideal sealant for steel, concrete, drywall, and masonry. They also work to protect against tough water, heat, and chemicals.
When applying an epoxy coating, it’s recommended to add a top coat of UV protective polyurethane, which protects the epoxy coating underneath from UV damage. This also helps keep the color of the epoxy, which means less maintenance for you.
Make Sure You Paint in Good Weather Conditions
When you are planning on painting the exterior of your commercial building, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to obtain the best possible results. Here’s what you need to know:
- Don’t paint in direct sunlight or on a hot day. Not only will this make for a miserable working environment, but the sun can do some serious damage to the paint and the materials.
- If you choose to use an oil-based paint, the air temperature should be above 45 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 48 hours. If you are working with latex or acrylic paints, the temperature will need to be above 50 degrees Fahrenheit for at least 48 hours. Always check your materials to see if the paint requires lower or higher temperatures, as some paints can dry at just 35 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Don’t paint when it’s windy. This is a safety issue if you have painters who will be climbing up and down ladders, and it can also cause latex paint to dry too quickly. This can result in less-than-desirable film formation. The wind can also kick up dust and other debris that can land in your paint can.
Consider Hiring a Professional Painting Team
You may have painted your commercial building by yourself or with a small team when you first opened, but now that your business has grown, it might be time to consider hiring a professional painting team to get the job done.
A professional painting company will ensure the job is done to your exact specifications—and it won’t take any additional time out of your day or your weekend. Commercial painting companies are well-versed in the industry standards and are well equipped to prep your building for extreme weather conditions in an effort to make your paint job last as long as possible.
If your business needs building prep for extreme weather or simply a paint refresh to remain competitive, reach out to Nashville Painting Company over the phone or fill out our online form for an appointment to discuss the direction of your painting choices and how they relate to expanding your brand. Paint and their colors are what we know best and we’d love to help your business take care of one its biggest assets: the building.