How do you maintain commercial buildings?

Commercial buildings and residential buildings require most of the same maintenance. Commercial buildings need them on a larger scale. Most commercial structures receive far more wear and tear than a traditional home. Thus they need durable coatings, frequent cleaning, and persistent upkeep. Here’s an overview of how to maintain commercial buildings. 

Exterior maintenance for commercial buildings

Exterior maintenance involves anything on the outside of the property. This may include day-to-day cleanings, such as trash pickup or sweeping, and it may also include structural maintenance. Examples of exterior maintenance include:

  • Waterproofing and joint sealing
  • Exterior painting and EIFS coating
  • Parking structure cleaning and maintenance
  • Leak detection, repair, and prevention
  • Window caulking, cleaning, and gasket replacement
  • Graffiti removal/anti-graffiti coatings
  • Concrete sealing and concrete repair
  • Soda blasting, soft washing, and pressure washing
  • Roof repair and replacement
  • Mortar replacement and brick restoration

The list goes on from there, but all the services relate to protecting the outside structure of the building. This impacts the curb appeal and overall cleanliness of the property, but it also extends the life of siding and building materials. 

Interior maintenance for commercial buildings

Interior maintenance is just as important as exterior maintenance. This could be anything from paint touchups and cleaning to HVAC replacement. Most commercial buildings have a janitorial crew to handle daily cleaning needs, combined with specialists for various aspects of building maintenance. 

  • Janitorial duties
  • Rug cleaning
  • HVAC maintenance
  • Floor polishing and sealing
  • Sanitization 
  • Plumbing inspection and repairs
  • Electrical repairs
  • Pest control
  • Fire safety inspections

Each commercial building has unique needs, but maintenance is vital across the board. 

How frequently do commercial buildings need maintenance?

Different maintenance services have different frequency requirements. For example, you may need your rugs cleaned once a week, but the floors may need to be polished twice per year. A service like foundation waterproofing could last multiple years without repeat applications, but the siding may need to be washed each quarter. You’ll need a custom maintenance plan that’s fit for your property. 

Preventative maintenance vs. restorative maintenance

Preventative maintenance involves steps to prevent damage from occurring. Restorative maintenance addresses issues after they’ve already happened. Foundation waterproofing is a preventative measure to block water infiltration, whereas mold remediation is a restorative measure to correct a mold infestation. 

With the right amount of preventative building maintenance, you can keep restorative maintenance to a bare minimum. JK Industries is here to help.