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Paint and Lighting Make a Difference

When a strip mall begins to look a little run down and uncared for, sometimes a coat or two of paint can make all the difference. It will restore the mall to all its former glory and help to increase business. Also, vandals are more likely to damage a rundown area so painting helps to prevent that. Now the type of painting used is called industrial painting or commercial painting. One of the easiest ways to have this type of painting done is to hire a construction contractor to do the job correctly and efficiently.

stripmallWhat the contractor will do first is to assess what tools will be used and whether there will be a color change also needed. The contractor will then consider the surface area of the entire area that needs painted; plus the height. If the building is more than one floor than scaffolds will need to be used. If it’s higher than three stories then suspended scaffolds will be used. The next step will be to scrape any peeling or chipping paint from the surface of the building or buildings. After that, then the building gets washed with detergent to remove all dust and grease. It will then get rinsed with a power washer. After the building dries, then cracks; dents and dings are repaired with putty. The rough spots are then sanded to blend into the walls; then rinsed to remove any dust from the repaired area. Next they are allowed to dry. Then, the door and windows are taped over so paint doesn’t mark them. Finally a primer is applied to the building; it’s left to dry and then the paint is applied to complete the project.

Another issue which may need attention is the exterior lighting in the parking lot. Bright lighting with a minimum of glare helps with the safety of the customers and employees of the mall. This is especially true during the holiday season when customers are buying and spending more. By having properly installed pole lighting though, this can help to prevent theft and injury on the premises.

By improving the appearance of the outside of a strip mall with fresh paint and better lighting, it can breathe new life back into a business.