Fall maintenance for commercial buildings includes a number of preventive steps to prepare for the colder months ahead.
Common priorities include mechanical systems such as HVAC, plumbing and electrical. Roofing, gutters, drainage and foundations may be inspected for defects.
Managers must also pay close attention to architectural surfaces that may be in need of cleaning, repair and refurbishing. These include exterior metal, masonry and glass, as well as interior assets such as floors, handrails, reception areas and conference rooms. Routine care of these materials is essential for optimizing safety, cleanliness and aesthetics.
As a one-stop resource for architectural refinishing expertise, Mid America Specialty Services (MASS) provides clients with a full suite of services from industry-leading experts. We offer specialized guidance on facade restoration, floor protection, metal refinishing and more. Our technicians have the knowledge and experience to restore and protect metal, stone, wood, glass and grout. The entire MASS team works together to address our clients’ needs, improve the quality of individual assets and boost the value of the facility.
Fall is a great time to make any necessary repairs to facade materials before winter weather arrives. For example, moisture that seeps in through chips, holes and cracks may expand when freezing temperatures arrive. This, in turn, causes the cracks to become larger. Regular inspection and repair helps to avoid this problem.
Damage that builds up over time also contributes to a dirty, outdated appearance that leaves a negative impression on patrons. Professional facade refinishing can be customized for specific materials such as anodized aluminum, stainless steel, masonry or concrete and window glass.
MASS applies high-performance coatings that protect against moisture and other sources of damage. We also restore the appearance of dull or scratched metal surfaces including window and door frames. Our technicians treat anodized aluminum, painted aluminum, stainless steel and copper.
MASS technicians treat exterior glass to protect against extreme temperatures, precipitation and high winds. This keeps windows looking their best no matter what old man winter has in store. While traditional window cleaning can get rid of existing dirt and debris, professional glass refinishing is needed to correct more significant problems like hard water staining, etching and scratching.
Masonry and stone
Sealing and caulking are necessary to protect stone, concrete and other porous masonry materials. Dirt and other debris run down the sides of the building which leaves unsightly streaks as water evaporates. Proper sealing makes it easier to clean the surface in between maintenance appointments.
On the inside, floor safety and cleanliness are important areas to address during the fall.
Slick floors can be a problem during the winter, particularly near entryways. This is concerning because slip and fall accidents are responsible for most workers’ compensation claims and over half of slip and falls are caused by problems related to the floor surface. In addition to these safety concerns, tracked-in moisture, ice, dirt and chemicals will take a toll on the aesthetic quality of marble, terrazzo and other stone materials.
Mopping and vacuuming simply are not enough to keep floors safe. MASS technicians install a stone floor protection system that creates a high-traction finish even when the floor is wet. This reduces the risk of slip and fall accidents and makes the floor more resistant to tracked-in water, snow, ice and salt.
Cleanliness takes on added importance in the fall and winter, in light of ongoing concerns about COVID-19 and the approaching cold and flu season. This is especially true of high-touch surfaces like elevator buttons, door handles, handrails and signs.
However, harsh cleaning chemicals can sometimes degrade the appearance of architectural assets. For example, they may strip away metal finishes, causing permanent damage. This makes it essential to balance the need to disinfect with preservation of surface quality.
One solution to this dilemma is to apply antimicrobial coatings which inhibit the growth of harmful pathogens and protect the substrate from strong disinfectants such as alcohol. Antimicrobial coatings are available in both lacquer and laminate applications.
At MASS, our team takes great pride in performance when it comes to meeting and exceeding customer needs. We invest in ongoing training, innovation and safety measures to continuously build on our expertise. That enables us to consistently deliver the most up-to-date services that today’s commercial buildings require.
If you’re looking for dependable, comprehensive architectural maintenance services for your facility, get in touch with us online or call 800-544-4576.