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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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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