We love living in the Phoenix area. There is always something to do, and we all enjoy the sunshine and mild winters. But the weather can also take a toll. High heat and intensive sunlight can wear down your commercial building’s exterior. Intensive rains, winds, and dust storms can damage your building during the monsoon season or let moisture in.

So, taking proactive measures to protect your commercial building from the elements is an essential part of weatherproofing your facility.

Protect Your Commercial Building

You have made a substantial investment in your commercial buildings, so you should take appropriate measures to protect that investment. This includes regular painting and coating to keep your buildings looking fresh and protect them from the elements.

Make sure you use high-quality paints and coatings that provide a beautiful finish and stand the test of time. You also need to make sure you prepare surfaces properly before painting. When contracting for commercial painting in Phoenix, AZ, hire experienced professionals who know how to do thorough surface preparation and use the best finishes for durable and long-lasting results.

Prevent Rain and Water Damage

While we have 300+ days of sunshine in the Phoenix area every year, we can get thunderstorms, wind storms, and haboobs during the winter and the monsoon season.

Rain and moisture can do significant damage if it gets underneath your paint or inside your walls. Moisture can cause paints and finishes to bubble or flake. It can also cause cracks and structural damage that can undermine your building’s infrastructure and lead to mold, mildew, and bacteria forming. You need to take proactive steps to prevent rain and water from damaging your structure.

Here are a few tips:

  • Inspect roofs, windows, walls, and doors for leaks or gaps.
  • Caulk around windows.
  • Make sure your roof is properly sealed.
  • Investigate and repair any signs of water damage.
  • Keep your gutters clean and free of debris.

Leaks can start small but turn into expensive repairs if not addressed promptly.

If your building is not properly sealed and weatherproofed, haboobs can bring in dust, allergens, and even chemicals.

Check for Water Absorption Levels

Concrete and masonry can absorb water, especially if they are not coated and sealed properly or if the finish has worn over time. When moisture penetrates brick or concrete, thermal expansion occurs. This can cause the surface to peel, flake, or deteriorate. The moisture creates pressure, which compromises the integrity of the building material and can cause substantial structural damage.

You can often have significant damage before you see any visible signs. One way you can check is to conduct a RILEM tube test to measure how well your building repels water. Please contact us if you are interested in testing for water absorption levels.

Minimize Outside Air from Getting Inside

Outside air that enters your building needs to be conditioned. In the summer, you need to cool and dehumidify it. When the temperature drops, you may need to heat it. So, there is a cost for every cubic foot of outside air entering your building.

Air loss can be just as costly. You spend the energy and money to cool air, but when it escapes, it is wasted. So, weatherizing your building can help you use less energy and save money on your utility bills. Weatherizing your building properly, caulking windows, sealing roofs, and making sure you apply the proper paints and coatings can prevent outside air from getting in and inside air from leaking out.

Always Work with Experienced Professionals

Your building is too important to leave to an inexperienced company offering commercial painting in Phoenix. You should always work with a team with decades of commercial painting and weatherization experience.

One of the challenges with commercial painting is that when a job is finished, it might look OK. However, if the contractor did poor surface prep, used low-quality products, or did not do the job right, you may not know for a while. Once you do, it can be expensive to correct the problem. You can avoid this by working with commercial painting and weatherization companies that have built a reputation of quality over the long term.

At Ghaster Painting & Coatings, we have been in business for more than 45 years and have deep commercial and industrial painting expertise. We stand behind our work and offer some of the longest and most comprehensive warranties available. As a case in point, we offer a 10-year labor and material warranty on weatherization. Learn how to evaluate your painting bids here.

At Ghaster Painting and Coatings, we use only high-quality paints and coating so you get a durable, long-lasting finish. We do not subcontract our painting and coating work. So, you can trust that the job will be done right.

If you need weatherization or commercial painting in Phoenix, AZ, contact us to request an estimate.

Author Kirsten Ghaster

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