Building exteriors are meant to keep water out. But brick, stone, mortar, stucco or EIFS can’t always do the job themselves. That’s where coatings come in.

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Whether it’s indicative of an underlying structural fault or not, rust can cause unsightly orange stains on the outside of the building. It can leave streaks across your concrete, and if you’re not careful, it actually could indicate a deeper issue.

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Are you using a pressure washer for all your exterior cleaning needs? Plenty of people do—and plenty of people are harming their building.

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It’s easy to let things slide. Sure, that coating on the floor of the parking garage needs to be replaced, but it doesn’t really need to be right now. It’ll be OK. You can just get the stains out if you need to. And that crumbling bit of mortar will probably last another couple of years.

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The building you’re probably sitting in is moving right under your feet. You might not notice it, but it’s true. Every building is subject to the forces around it, which is why you see issues like foundation cracks in some older homes—the ground moved the home and the slab cracked under the strain.

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