5 Items That Need to Be On Your Maintenance Checklist This Spring
Especially here in New England, the end of winter can feel a little like emerging from your house after a severe thunderstorm. You step outside, blink in the light, and slowly look around to see how much damage was done.
Well, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea…
The truth is, winter does leave a lot behind. The extreme cold, frequent high winds, oddly warm days sprinkled in, and high moisture levels put your exterior surfaces through the wringer. The temperature fluctuations alone are hard on your coatings, compounded by the issues of corrosion, rust, and water damage that may become more and more apparent as the last of the snow finally shrinks away.
If you need help with your facility maintenance, we hope you’ll reach out to us at Kaloutas! Until then, we have a few suggestions and project articles that we hope will offer helpful insight and a little inspiration.
What Is a Maintenance Checklist?
A maintenance checklist ensures implement all needed repairs and remediations year-round before there are major issues. By maintaining your facility flooring, painting, caulking, moisture issues, fireproofing, and more, you reduce repair costs, labor costs, liability issues, and more. Stay up to code and avoid fines by making these lists for each project, space, or season.
Additionally, working with the same contractor on multiple projects will save you time and money since they’ll already understand your building and all of its needs. When a contractor takes on a project in your facility, they can pay closer attention to other compromised areas, allowing you to make improvements before there are larger issues.
Here are some projects we recommend be added to your maintenance checklist:
Exterior Painting — It’s More Important Than You Might Think!
Let’s start with the classic, most obvious example of springtime maintenance: exterior painting. Not only does new paint create a refreshed (or totally updated) style and enhanced brand recognition for your commercial or industrial property, but it also offers an invaluable layer of protection for your surfaces. To name just a few, properly chosen and applied coatings protect against the wind, sun damage, decay, moisture penetration, and corrosion, providing a blend of aesthetic and incredibly practical value.
A thorough, quality commercial or industrial painting company will also carefully prepare your surfaces before painting, and that in itself is a major benefit. What can this prep include? We’re glad you asked!
- Power washing (more on this below!)
- Rust removal and encapsulation
- Media blasting to remove old coatings, rust, and residue
- Necessary repairs
As an added benefit, investing the time in repairs and prep like this contributes to a much longer, happier life for your new paint and coatings. There’s just no downside.
Let’s think bigger than your neighbor’s power washer that he uses every spring to clean off his deck. An industrial-grade power washer in the hands of a skilled technician can render an incredible transformation around your property. From siding to walkways, the powerful stream can remove loose coatings, dirt, mold, mildew, and more. It’s an invaluable step in surface preparation for painting, but it can be very worthwhile on its own as well if your facility simply needs a freshening up.
For a fantastic example of a transformation that involved power washing, take a look at this exterior painting project we completed in Boston.
Touch-Ups and Ongoing Maintenance
Have you invested in new paint recently? Excellent! Rather than let it slip off your radar, you have the perfect opportunity to maintain and touch up your paint as needed. This keeps your surfaces looking their best, and also eliminates those tiny weak points before they can grow into a complete coating failure or more widespread issue.
These are the industries that we have observed most often taking advantage of maintenance programs:
- Retail Stores
- Medical Facilities
- Car Dealerships
- Fitness Centers
- HOAs and Property Managers
- …and more!
Concrete Floor Repair and Resurfacing
We can hear you saying, “Wait a second; weren’t you going to talk about exterior maintenance?”
The floors in your industrial or commercial facility, however, bear more signs of the outdoors than you might think, and certainly experience winter damage. Sand, salt, dirt, and moisture are tracked inside, then ground into the substrate underfoot and by the rolling of machinery. Because of that, we’ve include floor care and maintenance to this list.
Not only can damaged, neglected flooring pose legitimate safety issues, but they also can create a snowball effect of decay. Much like exterior painting, caring for your flooring becomes much more cost-effective than dealing with a larger-scale breakdown.
If your concrete has never been coated, stained, or polished, now is certainly the time. Depending on the nature of your operations, you may also want to consider a rugged epoxy coating, or an effective and practical ESD floor system.
If you aren’t quite sure how best to care for your floor or meet your facility’s needs, be sure to contact us! It would be our pleasure to help. Our variety of flooring services includes:
- Shot Blasting
- Concrete Polishing
- Thorough Surface Prep and Repair
- Epoxy Systems
- Expertly-Installed ESD Control Systems
- Moisture Mitigation
- Antimicrobial Flooring
- … and more!
Industrial Cleaning and Degreasing
The buildup of grease and residue that accumulates during the daily operations of an industrial facility can, and will, take its toll over time. For an in-depth look at degreasing and its benefits, be sure to click over to our recent article: Why Industrial Degreasing Needs to be a Part of Your Maintenance Strategy.
As you may have gathered, we’re passionate about not only correcting problems, but also avoiding, reducing, and eliminating them. This can be done with just a little planning and strategy, and the help of someone who understands your needs and goals. If you have flooring, paint, and coating questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at Kaloutas. We’re here when you need us!
Kaloutas is New England’s premier contractor for commercial & industrial painting, flooring, and related services. Established in 1987, Kaloutas has become a trusted resource for general contractors, facilities managers, and building owners from Connecticut to Maine. Our team prides itself on high quality workmanship, jobs done on time & budget, and tackling complex projects that other contractors don’t have the experience or resources to handle. Contact us today for a painting or flooring estimate, or give us a call at 978−532−1414 to learn more.