You might not think about structural repairs as important to maintaining your brick and mortar business, but they are. Cracked and broken window panes, torn and loose fences, crumbling steps and worn and peeling paint create a bad impression. Quite often these little imperfections are ignored to the detriment of the owners and their customers. Ignoring structural damage due to flooding and other natural disasters can also create economic and safety concerns. Addressing these structural areas, however, will help both your business and the community.
Cracked or Broken Window Panes
It is easy to ignore cracked window panes. Windows are not inspected with the same tenacity as other security systems. Yet it is important that they are inspected at least once a season for cracks and broken glass. Having cracked and/or broken window frames increases your business heating and cooling costs. Structural repairs to windows can save your business thousands of dollars and provide a positive aesthetic appeal to your property. You should take into consideration what historic features you want to save before structural repairs take place. Companies that specialize in historic window replacement can guide you to the right window replacement for you.
This happens over time, so it is also easy to overlook. Winter weather sometimes causes the mortar joints to deteriorate over time as water gets in and freezes the joints, causing them to expand and contract. It is fairly simple to fix cement and concrete steps once they start crumbling. Concrete steps are not inspected on a regular basis, and are only noticed when cracks or other issues appear. For safety reasons, it is a good idea to inspect steps periodically to ensure your customers’ safety.
Fencing Around Your Property
Businesses often overlook problem areas in fences due to a lack of awareness and information. It is easy to ignore loose and sagging fences when you’re busy running your business. Unfortunately this is both a safety and security issue for your business. It is prudent to inspect your fences periodically and call professionals to help you install the right fencing for your business. At City Fence in Toronto, the professionals specialize in customized fencing such as controlled access gates. They also specialize in structural repair.
Worn and Peeling Paint
This is not really considered structural because there are no immediate safety issues involved. Yet if you ignore the worn and peeling paint and don’t address the underlying causes, you could be facing structural issues. For example, in Winnipeg local officials at a pool found structural damage that would have disastrous consequences to the pool. Inspecting areas where there is worn and peeling paint could also help you see where there is water damage and cracks in the foundation.
Overlooking any one of these structural issues can cost your business thousands of dollars. Besides, who doesn’t want an attractive and safe environment to stop and work in? Making the time and putting in the effort will attract new customers and keep your existing customers. It also will save your business thousands of dollars in expensive repair costs that you’ll have to pay down the road.