When managing the preventive maintenance program for your corporate headquarters, have you included metal, stone and wood restoration on the list?
For all of your building assets — from your HVAC system to your IT equipment to your building’s aesthetics or appearance– a proactive maintenance plan has many advantages over the reactive approach of just waiting until something goes wrong:
- Avoid more costly repairs down the road
- Protect safety of tenants and patrons
- Maintain value of facility
- Enhance aesthetic appeal of the facility
The fact is, the condition of your building assets will degrade over time, and that includes metal, stone and wood surfaces throughout your facility.
By including metal, wood and stone restoration on your facility maintenance schedule, you’ll be protecting the safety of tenants and patrons, updating the look and function of assets without the high cost of replacement, enhancing the aesthetic environment in and around your property, and maintaining the value of your facility for the long haul.
Metal Restoration and Preventive Maintenance
Facility managers for Stifel were recently faced with the need to update the bronze elevator entrances at the company’s headquarters in St. Louis.
But rather than completely replace the existing doors, the company invested in a metal conversion system (MCS), which transforms bronze or brass surfaces to give them the more up-to-date look of brushed stainless steel.
According to Dale Donat, CEO of Mid America Metals, “In the 32 years I have been in the metal refinishing business, I have never seen a product make the transformation from bronze to stainless steel look as well as our proprietary system of MCS.”
- A metal conversion system doesn’t just cover up the metal like paint does.
- Instead of paint, the MCS uses an innovative coating that matches the grain of original metal for a more natural-looking appearance.
- It’s a less expensive alternative to the high cost of replacement.
- It’s also durable enough for high-traffic surfaces that get a lot of wear and tear, such as hand rails and elevator call plates.
MCS is one of many examples of metal refinishing and restoration services that can enhance and preserve the value of your metal assets, including architectural and ornamental surfaces, both inside and out:
- Window frames
- Door frames
- Outdoor shelters
- Elevator doors
- Metal sculptures
- Balcony railings
- Door handles and door knobs
- Interior elevator trim
- Stair railings
Stone Restoration and Preventive Maintenance
From ancient times all the way to the 21st Century, stone has endured as one of the most popular building materials throughout the world.
But if you want your stone surfaces to stand the test of time, it’s important to give them the regular TLC they need.
Just 2 years after installation, the limestone walls at RGA Global Headquarters in Chesterfield, Missouri, were already showing mold, dark streaks, and other tell-tale signs of damage.
To restore the building’s 25,000 square foot exterior and keep it in good condition, RGA tapped Mid America Metals to clean and seal the limestone using a 4-step process:
- Mask off the surrounding area so no unintended surfaces would be affected.
- Clean the limestone with a mild product that restores the exterior without killing nearby foliage.
- Allow the limestone a few days to dry thoroughly.
- Seal the limestone with a treatment to keep moisture from penetrating into the surface and causing mold.
In addition to walls, stone restoration can be used to repair and update stone floors and countertops made of terrazzo, granite, marble, limestone, travertine, concrete and other stone materials.
Wood Restoration and Preventive Maintenance
Wood brings a timeless sense of warmth and richness to almost any facility.
Because it is less durable than metal or stone, however, wood requires ongoing maintenance to remain in good condition. Common services include repair, refinishing and touch-ups.
Managers at the Texas Motor Speedway upgraded the condition of wood surfaces in the facility’s Speedway Club by utilizing a high-quality wood restoration service provided by Mid America Metals wood refinishers.
Proactive maintenance can help you improve and maintain the quality of wood assets throughout your facility:
- Elevator cabs
- Reception desks
- Conference tables
- Trim and doors
- Lobby areas
- Conference rooms
- Wall panels
Do you need to improve or maintain the condition of the metal, stone or wood assets in your facility?
Contact us at Mid America Metals to learn about adding regular metal, stone and wood restoration services to your building maintenance program.