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Industrial Cladding Refurbishment

When it comes to industrial cladding refurbishment, there are simple ways to give buildings a whole new lease of life without your clients’ wasting too much time and money. Metal wall cladding is one of the most popular materials for industrial premises; it’s strong, cost effective and incredibly durable. It’s also low maintenance compared to other building materials, and it looks good too! So, what’s the best way to refurbish this type of cladding?

12 Apr 2022
3 minutes

Why metal cladding becomes tired and faded

As one of the strongest and most robust materials used for industrial buildings, metal cladding looks great when it’s brand new, presenting a positive effect on the business being carried out inside. But as it’s subjected to the British weather, cladding can be exposed to freezing wintry conditions, hail and gale-force winds, while the summer months bring the threat of UV damage.

Alternating hot and cold weather conditions cause the metal cladding to expand and contract, so within a few years it can start to look a little faded and tired.

Repainting can be a better option than replacing

There’s no need to replace metal cladding just because it’s looking a little past its best. Although metal cladding isn’t the most expensive building material, it’s still a costly business to have to remove and replace. Instead of such drastic action, repainting the cladding is simple and more cost effective.

Advise your clients to seek a professional inspection before they repaint their metal cladding. Any resulting recommendation can help to prolong the life of the cladding and it makes sense to apply a suitable coating system for industrial cladding for protection. It’s also important to make sure any application undertaken observes best decorative practice to ensure the best possible aesthetical finish and quality workmanship.

Painting metal wall cladding can extend its life by ten years or more, helping to protect it from water, UV damage and corrosion. When you compare this with the cost of replacement, it’s easy to see why refurbishment is the better option!

How to repaint metal cladding

Painting on to metal isn’t as complicated as it may seem, but there are specific techniques. With such a wide range of colours available, your clients will be able to pick and choose the ones that suit their business and support their brand identity. The paint can be applied by brush or roller, but spray painting is considered to be the most appropriate option, as it’s easier to apply the paint and gives a smoother and more professional finish.

Prepare the surface

Preparation is the key to a good finish when painting metal cladding, so this isn’t a process that can be rushed. The cladding needs to have all dirt, grease and rust removed before painting commences, which is why it’s a good opportunity to attend to any issues such as rust spots and any damage.

If this is the first time that the metal cladding will be painted, a suitable metal primer might be needed to provide an extra layer of protection. It can sometimes help to give a more stable surface for the paint to adhere to.

Apply an undercoat

Depending on the paint, your clients might need to use an undercoat, so you may need to remind them of its importance. Applying an undercoat can help to extend the lifespan of the refurbished metal cladding, as it provides an extra layer of protection. It also gives the paint extra staying power and could even help it to last for fifteen to twenty years.

Choose your paint colour

There’s a huge variety of paint colours these days, so your clients can give their metal clad premises a whole new lease of life, while promoting their own brand. Or perhaps they would prefer to blend their premises in with their surroundings, using muted, natural colours. Whichever colours and designs they decide on, their refurbished wall cladding will continue to protect the building for many years to come. And that can make all the difference when it comes to the end of a lease if your client has to face the issue of dilapidations.

Aim for a professional finish

For the most professional finish, you might wish to advise your clients to employ a professional organisation to undertake their metal cladding refurbishment. This will ensure that any problems with the cladding are effectively dealt with before painting commences. Your clients will benefit from an excellent paint job that will help to prolong the life and appearance of their industrial premises.

When it comes to refurbishing industrial cladding, our expert technical team can advise on the suitable application of our product range. As well as starting the market, we lead the market, and we have in-house product expertise. If you need advice about suitable cladding paint, please speak to the Giromax team or call 01455 558969 today.

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