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Façade Inspection: How Often Should You Inspect Your Building’s Exterior?

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The facade of your building does more than just provide the aesthetic “face” of your building. It’s also a barrier against the elements, and a crucial part of the building’s structural integrity.

But like any exterior element, facades are exposed to wear and tear over time. Regular inspections are key to catching problems early and preventing costly repairs down the line.

So, how often should you have your building’s facade inspected? There’s no one-size-fits-all answer, but here are some factors to consider:

  • Condition of the Facade: Buildings in excellent condition, with minimal wear and tear, can typically go 5 years between inspections. For facades showing signs of cracking, loose materials, or water damage, inspections every 2 to 3 years are recommended.
  • Local Regulations: Many regions have laws mandating facade inspections at specific intervals. These regulations apply to buildings exceeding a certain height or age. Check with your local building department to see if any regulations apply to your property.
  • Environmental Factors: Buildings in harsh environments, like coastal areas or industrial zones, will face more wear and tear from salt, pollution, and extreme weather. These buildings may require more frequent inspections.
  • Building Materials: The type of materials used in your facade also plays a role. Brick, stone, and stucco facades may require more frequent inspections than modern curtain wall systems, which are less susceptible to movement and cracking.

Learn more about the importance of façade inspection here.

Beyond the Inspection

Here are some additional tips for maintaining your building’s facade:

  • Schedule regular cleanings: Dirt and grime buildup can trap moisture and accelerate deterioration. The frequency of cleaning will depend on your location and environment.
  • Address minor issues promptly: Don’t let small cracks or loose caulking become major problems. Fixing them early will save you money in the long run.Work with qualified professionals: Hire experienced inspectors and contractors for facade inspections and repairs. They can identify potential problems and recommend the best course of action.

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Did you know that a structured self-inspection of your building can prevent problems before they start and before anyone gets hurt? What may appear as an insignificant defect can turn into a big problem if ignored.

Our state-of-the-art techniques provide a very thorough condition assessment and facade inspection. The time to know the true extent of any deficiencies is now, not after closure of downtown streets or worse, personal injury, death, and/or property damage occurs. Contact us today!

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