The monsoon season officially runs from June 15th through September 30th and can cause trouble for commercial and industrial property owners and managers — from microbursts and thunderstorms, intense winds, and haboobs, those enormous walls of dust that can be hundreds of feet wide. After flooding and excessive heat, haboobs are Arizona’s most deadly weather threat. Before the monsoon season arrives, it is important to prep your facility to be sure you are ready.
Check Roofs and Gutters
If there are high winds, then loose tiles, shingles, and roofing materials can easily be dislodged and fly away. This leaves your roof unprotected and can lead to water damage. Monsoon winds can also fill gutters with sand and debris, so you need to make sure the gutters on your building can handle the rains efficiently.
Trim Those Trees
The heavy monsoon rain that often comes ahead of the high winds can loosen soil and make trees more susceptible to falling. So, if you have trees on your property, check for dead branches that could fly off and damage your building.
Make Any Minor Repairs
Cracks are a frequent result of moisture accumulation. So, check for cracks in stucco or masonry and make any necessary repairs before monsoon season. This is especially important for windows and doors because even small cracks and gaps can let in dust and rain. Look for water stains, bubbles, or blisters on walls; discoloration; or any damp areas and repair those areas before they get worse.
Take the RILEM Tube Test
The RILEM Tube Test measures how well a building repels water for masonry surfaces. It replicates wind-driven rain and moisture to check for absorption. It is a good idea to get a RILEM Tube Test before the monsoon season begins. If you are interested in having your facility tested, please contact us.
Weatherize Your Property
You should consider having your property professionally weatherized. This includes using protective paints and coatings to shield your building’s exterior and interior from the elements. Specialty paint that withstands the monsoons, along with caulking and sealing, can keep your facility protected for years.
Schedule Painting Projects
You should schedule commercial painting in Phoenix to ensure your facilities are protected. Chips, cracks, and peeling paint can allow water to get underneath your finish. This can create significant water damage and weaken your building infrastructure.
When evaluating commercial painting vendors, consider companies with decades of experience with local commercial painting projects. Arizona’s weather extremes, from excessive heat and hot sun to intense monsoons, can take a toll on buildings. So you need to work with a company that has commercial painting contractors in Phoenix.
Work with Experienced Commercial Painters
Last year, Arizona received nearly eight inches of rain during monsoon season. Rain and paint do not mix well. Painting on wet surfaces can hurt adherence and promote mold and mildew growth. This can lead to faster wear time, which means you will need to repaint sooner.
Experienced commercial painters in Phoenix know this and will work with you to schedule jobs at the right time. They also know which paint and coating products can withstand intense heat, monsoons, and haboobs. Blowing dust acts like sandpaper and wears down paint and coatings. You will see flaking, peeling, and wear much more quickly without high-quality finishes.
Be Careful of Taking the Low Bid
When you get a low bid from a commercial painting contractor, it is almost always because the company is cutting corners that could cost you down the road.
There is nothing wrong looking for the highest quality at the lowest price. Everyone wants a good deal. However, when you accept a low bid for an industrial or commercial painting project, it could cost you more in the long run. Learn how to avoid a lowest bid nightmare here.
Trust Ghaster Painting & Coatings
When you work with Ghaster Painting & Coatings, you get professionals with more than 45 years of experience with commercial painting in Phoenix. At Ghaster, we know when it is safe to do the work and how to work around weather conditions. We know what it takes to get the job done right and ensure that the job can withstand harsh weather conditions during monsoon season.
Our weatherization system protects your commercial property, and we provide a 10-year labor and materials warranty to back up our work so you can rest easy knowing your building is in expert hands. Your facility will look great and be protected from the elements.
While you should try to plan your commercial painting jobs between October and May, we can work with you if you need to schedule a painting project during monsoon season. Regardless of the time of year, you should not delay because even minor blemishes can lead to big problems if left unaddressed.
To learn more about weatherization or commercial painting in Phoenix, call the experts at Ghaster Painting and Coatings to request an estimate.