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Updating the Outside of your Commercial Property

I was recently out of town and in need of a bank. I, of course, looked up the closest branch of my bank to see where to go. When I pulled up, however, I was surprised at what I saw. The building was dirty, the walkway was covered with leaves; it just didn’t look like a place that I wanted to be. Heck, it didn’t even look like it was in business. I looked up another bank a few blocks away to patron instead.

When it comes to businesses, it’s important that your customer or client feels comfortable on your property. If they don’t, they may take their business elsewhere. If you own or manage a commercial property, here are some maintenance tips to consider.

Clear off the walkways. Messy sidewalks not only make your property look unkempt, but they can also be dangerous, and you don’t want anyone injuring themselves on your property. Make sure that the walkways are cleared off regularly.

Pay attention to the landscaping. Landscaping can make a big difference in the appearance of any property, residential or commercial. Have some clippers on hand for any rouge branches that you notice. Pull weeds as they pop up and it won’t seem like a big project.

Touch up chips with paint. Paint chips, it’s natural, however, when a property has massive chipping it looks as if it isn’t well maintained. Keep a few test pots of paint on property to make any touch ups between any repainting projects. Key areas to pay attention to are railings and doors.

Clean the surfaces. Commercial properties probably require more outdoor surface cleaning than residential because of their reliance on clients. Once a year, have your walkways, gutters, building and other outdoor surface cleaned and protected. At Renew Crew, we pride ourselves on enhancing the appearance of your building by ridding the surfaces of built up dirt, mold, mildew and other grime.

If you have questions on cleaning the outside of your commercial property, please contact your local Renew Crew.

Keep your Pavers Looking Great

As the outdoor living industry continues to grow, we love seeing homeowners extending their time outdoors. Whether it’s a new outdoor structure, grill or playset, having a space that serves a function outdoors will be used. One of the categories that continues to grow is pavers and hardscapes. From patios and walkways to retaining walls, more and more outdoor living spaces incorporating pavers.

Pavers, like other outdoor structures, require periodic maintenance to keep them looking their best. Take a look at these two examples from our pressure washing company in Victoria, TX.

This project includes a walkway, steps and patio. You can see in the before that the certain pavers looked saturated with some type of stain and were much darker than the others that looked to be bleached out in some fashion. Renew Crew utilized our proprietary 3-step eco-friendly cleaning and sealing process to remove the stains and built up dirt to revitalize the space.

To bring paver colors back to life, Renew Crew has a line of paver sealants with different finishes. This particular one has a matte finish that brings out the natural colors and variations of the stone. Some homeowners prefer a “wet” look, which results in more of a shine and darker color. Sealing the surface is an essential step to prevent further buildup and stains.

This second space is a patio and retaining wall. You can see the hard water stains on the side of the retaining wall and the dark mold or mildew on the top. The structure itself was sound; it just needed some TLC. The paver cleaning and sealing process was used both on the concrete patio and retaining wall, paying particular attention to the areas that were darkest.

The after image shows the difference that a thorough cleaning can do. The color of the retaining wall has been evened out both on the sides and top, making it look inviting and welcoming. I know I’d rather relax in the newly clean space!

If you have questions on cleaning your outdoor surfaces, please contact your local Renew Crew office.

Does your concrete patio need a makeover?

When the weather is nice, I can be found outside with my husband, friends or dog. It’s the perfect place to relax, however, I don’t like it when the space looks less than stellar. Whether the grass isn’t mowed, the shrubs need trimming or the deck or patio needs cleaned, I can’t fully relax until everything looks great.

At our old house, we had a concrete slab for a patio outside our family room. It was the perfect size for a few outdoor chairs and grill but like all outdoor surfaces, it needed regular maintenance. Concrete is a very porous material and absorbs dirt and water and other materials, oftentimes leaving deep set stains. Water can be one of the most harmful materials this time of year. If the water freezes after it sets in the surface and expands, it can cause cracking and crumbling.

This job from our pressure washing company in the Lake Gaston area is a great example of the difference patio sealing and cleaning can make. As you can see in the before picture, there are stains on the surface and the color is very uneven. To update the space, the homeowners hired Renew Crew.

Renew Crew used its proprietary products to make the patio look brand new. A patio cleaner was applied to the surface to loosen dirt, grim and mold. Unlike other outdoor cleaners, Renew Crew utilizes eco-friendly products that won’t harm the surrounding lawn, bushes or flowers.

After the cleaning is finished, the entire space is rinsed and given time to dry. Once it’s dry, a protective layer is used to seal the surface and improve the color and appearance of the concrete. The concrete sealants are available in a number of colors and finishes to choose from, but it’s very important that the space isn’t simply cleaned, but also sealed. Without a protectant, the surface pores are left open and will begin to absorb moisture and dirt right away.

If you have a concrete patio or other outdoor surface that needs cleaning and sealing, please contact your local Renew Crew office.