Neglecting facade maintenance can have far-reaching consequences, extending beyond the physical structure of the building and impacting its market value, reputation, and the well-being of its occupants and stakeholders.

Accelerated deterioration of exterior surfaces

Without periodic facade cleaning and maintenance, surface pollutants and debris will build up and the materials that make up your building’s exterior skin will begin to deteriorate. Without intervention, cracks in the rendering will form and spread, painted surfaces will bubble and peel, seals and expansion joints will deteriorate, and rust will begin to corrode any metal surfaces.

This deterioration can make the building look unsightly and reduce its curb appeal, but there is a much bigger issue in play. Once the outer skin of a building is compromised, it opens the entire structure up to significantly more hazardous issues that are vastly more expensive to repair.

Increased risk of water damage and structural issues

Once water is able to penetrate the building envelope, the potential for serious damage and associated costs skyrocket. First off it will only accelerate the the deterioration of exterior surfaces, allowing more water ingress and on and on in a continuing cycle. A leaky facade can also damage interior finishes, supercharge mould and mildew growth, rot wood and timber products, cause electrical hazards and encourage pest infestations.

In severe cases or if neglected or unnoticed over a period of years, water damage can cause structural damage. If left untreated, the compromised concrete and metal components can quickly lead to serious structural problems requiring extensive and expensive remediation works.

Higher repair costs

Early detection is key to minimising the costs of remedial works or façade repairs for multi-story buildings. The longer façade maintenance is delayed, the more expensive it will be to repair the damage. This is because minor problems will have time to escalate into major ones.

Cracks in concrete or stucco will widen and spread at a rate that would surprise many people. The same goes for compromised paint surfaces. Given the paint’s job is to protect the underlying structure this can lead to not only needing to repair the paint surface but potentially the structure underneath. Rust on metal components can weaken and damage exterior components and even the structure of the building. This can lead to the need for expensive repairs, such as replacing entire sections of metal railings or balconies or dealing with costly remedial works to deal with concrete cancer.

Impact on market value

A well-maintained facade serves as a welcoming invitation, enhancing the curb appeal of a building and making it more attractive to potential tenants or buyers. With property’s value as an investment with the potential for impressive growth, it is in the best interests of all building owners to ensure they maximise the value of their assets.

Studies have shown that a well-maintained façade can increase the property value of a building by up to 10%. In contrast, a neglected façade can lead to a decline in property value of up to 15%. With multi-storey buildings (particularly residential) under increasing scrutiny for quality, it is essential to ensure your building maintains a strong reputation as a high-quality asset for potential buyers.

Impact on businesses and residents

A neglected façade can have a direct impact on the businesses and residents who occupy the building. A poorly maintained exterior can create an unpleasant and unwelcoming environment, affecting the morale and productivity of employees and the overall quality of life for residents.

In the case of businesses, a neglected façade can deter customers and negatively impact their brand image. For residents, a rundown exterior can contribute to feelings of insecurity and dissatisfaction with their living environment. In both cases, this can lead to potential tenants seeing a diminished appeal in living or operating their business from your property, decreasing rental yield

Impact on reputation

The condition of a building’s facade is often seen as a reflection of the overall management and care of the property. A neglected façade can tarnish the reputation of a building and its manager or owners. 

Negligence in facade maintenance can reflect poorly on your professional reputation, casting doubt on your competence and dedication to your duties. It may also open you up to criticism from tenants, owners, and the community, potentially damaging your career prospects and professional standing.

A cost-effective alternative

Periodic rope access facade inspections are a proactive step in ensuring the long-term safety, structural integrity, value and aesthetic appeal of your building. Regular inspections ensure potential hazards and defects in the building’s exterior are identified early on before they escalate into major issues. A façade inspection helps building owners and strata managers to stay ahead of costly repair bills and effectively manage preventative maintenance.

Rope access is the most cost-effective and efficient way for owners and managers of multi-storey buildings to ensure their facades are inspected, cleaned and maintained to the highest standards. With no heavy machinery or ugly scaffolding required, the impact on residents and the daily operation of the building is minimal. 

If you’re looking to avoid the ticking time bomb of neglected facade maintenance, reach out to our friendly team for expert advice and Sydney’s best rope access services.

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Brad Love is a veteran of the rope access painting and decorating industry, with over 47 years of experience under his belt. Brad is the Service Design and Estimator at Anchor Safe Rope Access and a trusted voice in the painting and decorating community

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