6 Signs That Your Business Needs a Fresh Coat of Paint
Posted Jul 16, 2020 by Dave Scaturro
Does the exterior of your business look like it's seen better days? When, precisely, is it time to think about repainting? Beyond the mere desire for a color you might like better, which you can do anytime, here are six indicators to let you know for sure!
- You're selling the building! Yes, if you plan on putting this baby on the market and moving to a new location, a fresh coat of paint to entice buyers is a great first step to improving interior and exterior surfaces.
- The original paint is fading. The vibrant color you chose years ago may well have lost its luster. A fresh coat of paint can brighten it up.
- Your paint has begun to peel and crack. Protect your walls and surfaces, because this is a sign the weather is getting past your paint. (If it's happening indoors, you may have moisture seeping in; so have that checked before repainting.)
- Mildew and mold are setting in. If you see mold and mildew on your exterior walls, first have your exterior power washed, which will affect your current paint. Then repaint.
- Gaps and shrinking in wood. If you have wooden features such as siding or a deck, you may notice that parts have begun to shrink in the elements, and this runs a risk for the mildew and mold mentioned above. Regularly painting and repainting your wood every 3 to 7 years can help prevent this.
- Cracks in caulk and seals. Caulking makes everything seamless, sealing separate elements together and stopping moisture from getting between them, but it loses its stretch over time and can begin to shrink and dry out. When it's time to re-apply your caulk, let that be a reminder that it's probably time to re-apply paint.
Depending upon your exterior features, the time to repaint may differ. For instance, aluminum siding needs a refresh every 5-10 years, but painted brick needs it done every 3 to 5 (and a power washing every couple years if it's unpainted), and wooden siding needs it every 3 to 7 years. Is it time to schedule painters for your business? Request an estimate!