The outside appearance of your commercial building matters. It helps contribute to your overall building's curb appeal and helps to protect your building from damage. Over time, the paint on your commercial building can become worn down through regular exposure to the elements. It is important to know when your commercial painting job has reached the end of its life so that you can keep up the appearance of your building.
When you look at the paint on your building, everything should be flat. If you notice that the paint looks bubbled, that means little air pockets have become trapped under the paint. Pockets of air generally become trapped behind the paint when you have water damage outside your building. Once the paint starts bubbling, you need to fix the water damage and then fix the paint.
Next, you need to look out for chalking. This happens when the paint starts to degrade slowly. As the paint degrades, it will leave behind a powdery white substance when you touch it. If your hand looks like it is covered in chalk whenever you touch the outside of your building, this means the paint has degraded to the point that it needs to be replaced. You will want to apply a new coat of primer to your building and new exterior paint as well.
The most classic type of damage you need to look out for is chipped and peeling paint. Chipped and peeling paint means that your building's paint no longer has an adequate seal on it and has started to deteriorate. When the paint starts to chip, that means water will be able to get behind the paint and may start to damage the seal on the outside of your building. With paint chipping and peeling, you will want to sand down all the areas where the paint is degrading and then repaint the building.
Mold and Mildew
If you look at the outside of your building and notice mold and mildew have started to grow on the paint, the first thing you will want to do is clean the side of your building. You will want to use a pressure washing machine to clean the side of your building to get rid of the mold and mildew. Mold and mildew exposure can have health consequences, so you will want to get rid of it all right away. You will then want to figure out if there is a particular reason that mold and mildew are growing on your building and address that issue. Then, you will want to repaint the building.
If the outside paint on your commercial building is chalking, chipping, peeling, or bubbling, you are going to want to work with a commercial painting contractor to repaint the outside of your building. This will increase the curb appeal of your commercial building as well.