Keeping up appearances- Facade Cleaning

"While aesthetics is the obvious - and primary - reason for cleaning a building façade, the effort to expose the substrate for evaluation and repair runs a close second. It is nearly impossible to gauge the condition of a masonry substrate, for example, when the façade is covered in dirt, grime, and/or a coating. In order to determine those areas that need to be patched, repaired, or resealed - or, in some cases, to even properly identify the substrate - the façade should be cleaned of any and all elements that preclude its proper evaluation.

Still another key motivation behind façade cleaning is the effort to remove damaging pollutants such as sulfur and nitrogen oxides, and other acid rain pollutants, from the façade. These pollutants serve to accelerate façade deterioration."

Read this article at:  http://www.buildings.com/article-details/articleid/474/title/fa%C3%A7ade-cleaning.aspx

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Exterior Building Assessments-- Why They Are Important

The South Florida Cooperator writes, "It is recommended that reserve studies are updated every three to five years. Routine inspections could be done even more frequently. “For condos, survey inspections of exteriors should be performed on a routine basis, every year or so,” says Chalaire. “This keeps the association knowledgeable about the locations and extents of any repairs needed. The results of an engineering survey for framing damage (cracks, spalls) can help the association plan for repairs on a consistent basis. Damages typically get worse exponentially with time, so older structures should be looked at more often,” she says."

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Windows Are the Eyes of a Building- Don't Neglect Those Peepers!

"Like a chain, a building envelope is only as strong as its weakest link. Boards and managers often spend a lot of time and effort maintaining exterior elements like drainage, flashing, and so forth, only to neglect one of the most important features of their association’s envelope: the windows.

Windows provide light, views, ventilation, protection from the elements, and in some cases a means of egress. In order to function properly, a window must be resistant to water and air infiltration, must be strong enough to resist pulling away from the building or deforming under wind pressure, must resist impact in hurricane zones, and must limit the conduction of heat from one side to another. In specific instances, windows may also be required to meet elevated structural and fire resistance standards."

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Get the most out of your building repair project with these guidelines

"[...] solutions for some of the frequently asked questions pertaining to building repairscorrosion problems, restoration of buildings and structural rehabilitation of buildings. These can provide useful guidance for customers who want to undertake maintenance or repair work of their buildings."

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Don't Wait Till It's Too Late- The Importance of Exterior Building Maintenance and Repairs

The New Jersey Coorperator writes, "Part of any building’s maintenance plan should include protecting it against its enemies, repairing  any damage and maintaining the building exterior on a regular basis. Neglecting  the outside of the building can lead to worsening conditions and ultimately  cause a hefty dent in your building’s bottom line. By maintaining the building, you are actually slowing down its  deterioration.  

 Of course, the perfect scenario would be to manage a building whose façade is in tip top condition—but according to Mark Williams, president of Williams Building Diagnostics in  Maple Glen, Pennsylvania, some buildings are born with facade problems, so to  speak. A building’s façade should be well-designed and properly constructed from the start to avoid  costly and potentially dangerous situations—if they're not, no amount of maintenance or repair is likely to fend off big  problems for long.  "

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