How would you describe your commercial building? More importantly, how would visitors to your business describe it? The curb appeal of your building is a big deal – it can either attract new customers or keep your business hidden in the background.
Building improvements go beyond aesthetics and can affect your bottom line. By making just a few cosmetic improvements to your building's exterior, you can:
- Increase customer traffic
- Increase the value of your property
- Attract high-quality tenants
- Make your building stand out among competitors
How does that sound? Let's look at seven specific ways you can improve the look and feel of your building.
7 Ways to Improve the Appearance of Your Commercial Building
1. Schedule a Pressure Wash
If your building is more than 10 years old, chances are dirt and grime from all those years of rain, snow, and wind have built up on the exterior. A quick pressure wash can solve that problem and reveal the beautiful original building underneath.
2. Invest in Landscaping
A freshly-manicured look and well-placed greenery can draw the eye of passers-by and welcome customers to do business with you. Your landscaping says a lot about your business, so it's important to keep up with it.
Well-placed flowers can add color to otherwise bland surroundings. Manicured bushes and lawns improve the aesthetic value of your property. Pathways and borders of pavers, bricks, or stones are another wonderful way to enhance curb appeal.
3. Update Exterior Signage
Your signage is your introduction to new customers. If you've kept the same sign for ten plus years, it's likely outdated and shows signs of wear and tear. Invest in an updated sign that properly reflects the branding and messaging of your business. For instance, if your business revolves around technology, your sign should convey a high-tech and modern design.
4. Update Fixtures and Fenestrations
Lighting is an important component of your building's curb appeal. It can make your building more inviting, discourage crime, and help people to easily identify your business. Install lights around the entrance of your building – this creates a focal point to draw people's attention. You may also consider smaller lights along your pathways or around landscape features. LED and solar-powered lights are a cost-efficient and bright option.
New windows and doors, or fenestrations, also go a long way in modernizing the appearance of your building. The glass in windows and doors can fog or become pitted and scratched over time, giving your building a dirty, run-down facade. As a bonus, newer fenestrations make your building more energy efficient and are easier to maintain.
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5. Recoat Your Roof
Your roof is an important part of your building's appearance. After years of intense sun and storms, your roof likely needs attention. Over time, the protective coating of your metal roof begins to wear away. If left uncoated, this can leave your roof prone to extensive and costly damage. A simple recoating is a quick and inexpensive option that extends the life of your roof and improves its appearance.
If you're concerned about the condition of your roof, check out our blog post, 5 Tell-Tale Signs That You Need a New Industrial Metal Roof.
6. Rebuild or Repave Outdoor Pathways
Years of intense weather and foot traffic can lead to frost heaves and broken pathways. Not only does this detract from your building's curb appeal, but it also can be a hazard. If it's an asphalt pathway, you can simply repave it. You might also choose a new pathway material, such as stone or brick.
7. Remodel or Retrofit Your Building
Want a completely new look? Would you like to expand your building to accommodate a growing business? If you have a pre-engineered metal building (PEMB), this is a quick and easy process. PEMBs are created to easily expand and update existing structures. They are made with aesthetics in mind, so you can completely update your building's appearance with specific colors and designs.
For more information, check out our blog post, How to Retrofit & Update Your Pre-Engineered Metal Building.
Have pride in your business again – and enjoy the many fringe benefits that come with an attractive and updated commercial building.