A new year means a fresh start for so many of us, but it can also be a prime opportunity to work on those tasks you’ve been putting off, not least those related to your property. Maintaining the outside of a building is just as important as keeping the interior well looked after – it not only ensures the property stays in good condition, but it also boosts kerb appeal should you want to sell it later on. And for businesses and offices, it enhances your reputation as a brand. Here are some tips for upgrading the exterior of your property for the year ahead.
A Fresh Lick of Paint
A coat of paint can do wonders for refreshing a building and bringing it back to life, and you can completely transform a property by changing up the colour and enhancing unique features. From painting window treatments and entry ways to painting the brickwork to modernise it, exterior painting is a great way of making your property more aesthetically pleasing. And with our DOFF cleaning system, you’ll be able to keep the paint looking great for longer too. Depending on the type of material on the exterior of the building, you can schedule in a paint refresh between every three to five years, although if you maintain painted brickwork well with regularly cleaning sessions, it can last as long as 20 years.
Wash Away Moss and Lichen
Moss, lichen and algae can build up on the exterior of buildings and it can drag down the appearance and make them seem older than they really are. What’s more, when clumps of moss become larger, they can start to lift tiles and cause damage, so it’s important to clean the exterior of your property periodically to remove moss and lichen. Softwashing is a chemical cleaning process that kills 99.9% of microbial life and kills algae, moss and lichen successfully to not only keep the building looking great but also maintaining it for a longer life, without causing any damage to the construction itself.
Clean Out Gutters
Cleaning out the gutters might not be the most fun project, but it is an important one, and it can be easy to neglect this area. Almost every building has a guttering system and if they are overlooked, they can get blocked and cause issues to the drainage. Properly cleaned guttering will prevent the risk of damage to your roof and minimise the need for expensive repairs in the future, so it should be a priority task that you regularly monitor.
Prevent Birds from Nesting
You want to prevent birds from nesting or even just gathering on your roof, as their nests can cause blockages in the drainage of your roof and their waste can damage the roofing material too. Bird spikes are inexpensive but highly effective at preventing birds from landing on your property and minimising the chances of them building nests. There are even spikes that have been designed to deter certain species, such as seagulls. If you’ve noticed that the roofing of your property is a haven for birds throughout the day, you may want to invest in bird prevention measures to ensure that your roof stays in good condition for longer.
Upgrading the exterior of your property is easier than you might think – prevention is often the best measure to stop problems arising which will not only keep the building looking its best but will also save you costly repairs further down the line. As we move through a new year, take the opportunity to tick off those niggling tasks that have been lingering for some time to make sure your property is presentable.
At MC Property Maintenance, we offer a range of professional services to help you enhance the exterior of your building. If you need advice on the best course of action for your property or you’d like to book in our maintenance services, get in touch with us today and we’ll be happy to help.