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Five Tips for Commercial Building Restoration in Baltimore

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

If you’re considering commercial building restoration in Baltimore, there are plenty of things to do before the work begins. From researching potential tax credits to finding the right contractor, the work that comes before the restoration is as important as the restoration itself. Learn how to go about planning for a building restoration in Baltimore with these tips.

Five Tips for Commercial Building Restoration in Baltimore

Historical Research

If the building is a historical structure, it’s important to brush up on its history. What did the building look like when it was first built? How did it change over the years? What did the surrounding area look like? What was the original function of the building How can you restore the building to its former glory while updating it with modern features and amenities? These are all good questions to ask.

Building Inspection

A building inspection is critical in determining whether you can restore the building at all. A professional inspector can determine if the building is structurally and foundationally sound. A building that does not have both of these characteristics may be more trouble than it’s worth to restore, or it may be impossible to restore at all. It’s important to temper your expectations for the structure with the reality of its condition. If the structure is too far gone, no amount of building restoration work will bring it back.

Tax Credits

Depending on the nature of the structure and the restoration you plan to undergo, you may be able to receive tax credits for your work at local, state, and federal levels. You can learn about tax credits for commercial historical building restoration in Baltimore in our blog.

Budgeting

Every building restoration project is different, so it’s hard to generalize as far as budgets are concerned. However, if there is one safe bet, it’s to expect the unexpected. Plan for the project to go over budget, and make sure you have the funds to account for this contingency.

Finding a Contractor

A contractor can give you an estimate as to the cost and time frame of the work that needs to be done, and can recommend a strategy for restoration that’s in line with your wants and needs for the building. If you’re looking for a commercial building restoration contractor in Baltimore, contact Consolidated Coatings today!

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About Consolidated Coatings Inc.

Consolidated Coatings is a full service building restoration contractor operating in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Since 1979, we’ve provided professional restoration of commercial, industrial, and historic buildings across a range of disciplines. These include masonry restoration, concrete restoration, decorative concrete, industrial and floor coatings, EIFS, and waterproofing. Follow us on our blog for weekly posts on industry-related topics. If you have any questions, please contact us at 410-574-6504.

How To Remove Graffiti in Baltimore

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

Graffiti is an unfortunate reality for owners of commercial structures in Baltimore. So how do you get rid of it? Different approaches need to be taken for different surfaces. Learn more about how to remove graffiti in Baltimore in this week’s blog.

Masonry

If it’s a masonry surface such as concrete, pressure washing with a 3000psi pressure washer is the ideal solution. Make sure the tip of the pressure wand is not too narrow, as this will basically leave an outline of the graffiti you just cleaned. Sand-blasting can also be used to remove graffiti from masonry surfaces, again, making sure the tip is not too narrow. With both pressure washing and sand blasting, remember to keep the tip of the wand moving continuously.

Metal

Mineral spirits, lacquer thinner, acetone, and any paint thinner can be used to remove graffiti, as can products with a light penetrating oil such as WD-40. If this doesn’t do the trick, try using steel wool, bronze wool, or sandpaper. Still not doing the job? Power-washing with a 3000psi pressure washer may be enough to remove the graffiti.

Wood

If the graffiti is on treated/sealed wood and the wood is not weathered, mineral spirits can be used to wipe the paint away. Do not do this on weathered and/or untreated wood, because this will just make the paint harder to remove. Power washing is another option, but this can also just push the paint further into the wood. Sanding and repainting is a sure way to remove graffiti from wood in any circumstance.

Plastic

A light penetrating oil like WD-40 can be used to wipe graffiti off of plastic. You can also try a very fine grain steel or bronze wool.

Glass

Using a razor blade held at a 30-degree angle to the glass, scrape the paint off. This method is highly effective. Make sure to use a holder for the blade and to use extreme caution when scraping. Do not force it if the paint won’t come off. Fine grain bronze wool with water can be used to remove remaining paint.

In all cases, if the methods above don’t work, as a last effort you can simply paint over the graffiti, being careful to match the paint color with the current color of the wall. Or, save yourself the trouble and contact Consolidated Coatings. We offer graffiti removal in Baltimore for any structure or material. Contact us today to learn more.

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About Consolidated Coatings Inc.

Consolidated Coatings is a full service building restoration contractor operating in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Since 1979, we’ve provided professional restoration of commercial, industrial, and historic buildings across a range of disciplines. These include masonry restoration, concrete restoration, decorative concrete, industrial and floor coatings, EIFS, and waterproofing. Follow us on our blog for weekly posts on industry-related topics. If you have any questions, please contact us at 410-574-6504.

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Baltimore Building Restoration: Our Vendors and Products

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

This week, we’d like to talk about some of the vendors and products we use in our building restoration services in Baltimore. We place a lot of value on choosing the right product line for our customers, and working with local vendors. Learn more about the products and vendors we use in this week’s blog.

Products

The Sika Product Line

We use the Sika product line in a number of our projects throughout the area. They are the largest manufacturer in the world of one-component polyurethane sealants and adhesives. We use Sika 2C, Sika 123 Plus, and Sikaflex sealants in our building restoration work in Baltimore. Read our blog on the Sika product line to learn more about the advantages of these products.

Loxon Concrete and Masonry Products

For our concrete and masonry restoration work in Baltimore, we recently started using Loxon products. Specifically, we use Loxon concrete and masonry primer/sealer to seal and condition above-grade masonry surfaces, Loxon Topcoat, and Loxon XP as a concrete and masonry primer. Learn more about Loxon products and how we use them in our blog.

Local Vendors

Local vendors we use in our building restoration projects in Baltimore include Sherwin Williams, Pittsburg Paints, Sika, Tremco, Belair Road Supply, Kenseal Construction, and Dow Corning. Working with local vendors comes with a number of benefits, and helps contribute to the local economy. Learn more about why we like working with local vendors in our blog.

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About Consolidated Coatings Inc.

Consolidated Coatings is a full service building restoration contractor operating in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Since 1979, we’ve provided professional restoration of commercial, industrial, and historic buildings across a range of disciplines. These include masonry restoration, concrete restoration, decorative concrete, industrial and floor coatings, EIFS, and waterproofing. Follow us on our blog for weekly posts on industry-related topics. If you have any questions, please contact us at 410-574-6504.

Graffiti Removal in Baltimore from Consolidated Coatings

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Are you in need of graffiti removal in Baltimore? Graffiti is a common sight on the buildings of Baltimore, and it’s not the face you want your building to present to the world. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to prevent this kind of vandalism from occurring, especially if you don’t have a dedicated on-site security team or if your team’s resources are limited. Even security cameras don’t always deter vandals. Fortunately, it’s not hard to find graffiti removal in Baltimore.

Graffiti Removal in Baltimore

Consolidated Coatings provides graffiti removal in Baltimore from commercial buildings. We have the tools to remove graffiti quickly and restore your building’s exterior to its pristine former appearance. Not only does graffiti look unsightly, it reduces the curb appeal of your property and can make it appear as though the structure is neglected. Removing graffiti is not just an aesthetic improvement, it can help you improve the public’s perception of your property and your brand.

In addition to graffiti removal in Baltimore, Consolidated Coatings offers a number of other related services. Concrete and masonry repair can supplement graffiti removal to give a more complete restoration of the building’s exterior. Our professional painting services can give the facade a new paint job and completely new and fresh appearance. Industrial coatings can be used to strengthen the facade’s resistance to graffiti, and make it easy to wash off in the event that graffiti returns.

For graffiti removal in Baltimore and other services that will restore your building’s exterior, you can trust Consolidated Coatings. Contact us today to get started!

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About Consolidated Coatings Inc.

Consolidated Coatings is a full service building restoration contractor operating in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Since 1979, we’ve provided professional restoration of commercial, industrial, and historic buildings across a range of disciplines. These include masonry restoration, concrete restoration, decorative concrete, industrial and floor coatings, EIFS, and waterproofing. Follow us on our blog for weekly posts on industry-related topics. If you have any questions, please contact us at 410-574-6504.

 

How to Choose a Commercial Painting Contractor in Baltimore

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

There is no shortage of commercial painting contractors in Baltimore, so how do you choose the one that’s right for you? Working with Consolidated Coatings has a number of advantages that can work for you. Learn more about how working with us as your commercial painting contractor in Baltimore will make this your best job yet in this week’s blog.

How to Choose a Commercial Painting Contractor in Baltimore

Does your painting contractor have a dedicated representative on-site to help with all phases of the project? Consolidated Coatings works with Sherwin Williams to bring a dedicated SW representative to all of our painting projects in Baltimore. This is beneficial to the job in a number of ways.

First, you get recommendations on the best product to use from an experienced painting professional. Different materials will require different types of treatment and paint. Age and condition of the structure is also a factor in choosing the right paint. Choosing the right paint can make the difference between a paint job that lasts for many years and one that starts peeling after only a few, so this is very important. Our SW rep knows the right kind of paint for your job.

In addition, working with a dedicated SW representative allows you to get better pricing for the project, and a long-term warranty to protect the craftsmanship. Sherman Williams takes pride in their products, and many come with comprehensive warranties that protect against defects.

Does your commercial painting contractor in Baltimore do historic building preservation? Consolidated Coatings has been helping building owners restore historic properties in Baltimore for several decades. Painting is a big part of restoration, and we take pride in ensuring that your historic building is restored to its former luster, and has a beautiful new paint job.

If you’re looking for a commercial painting contractor in Baltimore, you can trust Consolidated Coatings. Contact us today to talk about your project.

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About Consolidated Coatings Inc.

Consolidated Coatings is a full service building restoration contractor operating in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Since 1979, we’ve provided professional restoration of commercial, industrial, and historic buildings across a range of disciplines. These include masonry restoration, concrete restoration, decorative concrete, industrial and floor coatings, EIFS, and waterproofing. Follow us on our blog for weekly posts on industry-related topics. If you have any questions, please contact us at 410-574-6504.

 

The Benefits of Using the Sika Product Line in Building Restoration

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Consolidated Coatings uses the Sika product line throughout our work on commercial buildings in the Baltimore area. Sika is the world’s largest manufacturer of one-component polyurethane sealants and adhesives, and possesses more than 700 unique patent families in its extensive patent portfolio. Sika makes products for use in concrete, waterproofing, roofing, flooring, sealing and bonding, refurbishment, and industry. Consolidated Coatings uses Sika 2C, Sika 123 Plus, and Sikaflex in our building restoration work in Baltimore. The following product information is from Sika’s website:

Sika 2C

Sikaflex-2c NS is a 2-component, premium-grade, polyurethane-based, elastomeric sealant. It is principally a chemical cure in a non-sag consistency. Meets ASTM C-920, Type M, Grade NS, Class 25, use T, NT, M, G, A, O, I and Federal Specification TT-S-00227E, Type II, Class A. Tested in accordance with ASTM C-1382 for use in EIFS systems.

Usage

  • Intended for use in all properly designed working joints with a minimum depth of 1/4 inch.
  • Ideal for vertical and horizontal applications.
  • Placeable at temperatures as low as 40°F.
  • Adheres to most substrates commonly found in construction.
  • An effective sealant for use in Exterior Insulation Finish Systems (EIFS).
  • Submerged environments, such as canal and reservoir joints.

Advantages

  • Capable of ±50% joint movement.
  • Chemical cure allows the sealant to be placed in joints exceeding 1/2 in. in depth.
  • High elasticity with a tough, durable, flexible consistency.
  • Exceptional cut and tear resistance.
  • Exceptional adhesion to most substrates without priming.
  • Available in 35 architectural colors.
  • Color uniformity assured via Color-pak system.
  • Available in pre-pigmented Limestone Gray (no Color-pak needed).
  • Non-sag even in wide joints.
  • Easy to mix.
  • Paintable with water

 

Sika 123 Plus

SikaTop® 123 PLUS is a two-component, polymer-modified, portland cement, fast-setting, non-sag mortar. It is a high performance repair mortar for vertical and overhead surfaces, and offers the additional benefit of FerroGard® 901, a penetrating corrosion inhibitor.

Usage

  • On grade, above, and below grade on concrete and mortar.
  • On vertical and overhead surfaces.
  • As a structural repair material for parking structures, industrial plants, water/waste water treatment facilities, roads, walkways, bridges, tunnels, dams, ramps, etc.
  • Approved for repairs over cathodic protection systems.

Advantages

  • High compressive and flexural strengths.
  • High early strengths.
  • Increased freeze/thaw durability and resistance to de-icing salts.
  • Compatible with coefficient of thermal expansion of concrete – Passes ASTM C-884 (modified).
  • Increased density – improved carbon dioxide resistance (carbonation) without adversely affecting water vapor transmission (not a vapor barrier).
  • Enhanced with FerroGard® 901, a penetrating corrosion inhibitor – reduces corrosion even in the adjacent concrete.

  • Not flammable, non-toxic.

  • Conforms to ECA/USPHS standards for surface contact with potable water.

  • USDA certifiable for incidental food contact.

  • ANSI/NSF Standard 61 potable water approved.

Sikaflex

Sikaflex 110 Liquid Seam Sealant is a non-shrinking, 100% solids, solvent free polyether based, moisture curing, elastomeric sealant. It forms a weather-tight seal when applied over sheathing board joints. Its distinctive blue color allows easy visual verification that all seams and gaps have been effectively sealed.

Usage

For use on exterior gypsum board sheathing, extruded polystyrene, EPS, concrete and plywood construction materials and it is installed prior to applying an air barrier coating.

Advantages

  • Sealant can be left exposed for up to 6 months.

  • The placement of Sikflex 100 Liquid Seam Sealant to seal joints between construction materials is in compliance with the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) mandatory requirements Section 502.5, 502.4, and 502.4.3 to seal the building envelope for Air Leakage and Moisture Control.

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Tax Credits for Commercial Historical Building Restoration in Baltimore

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

One of the many benefits of commercial historical building restoration in Baltimore is the potential for receiving tax credits for this work. In an effort to provide an incentive to maintain and preserve the city’s many historic districts, Baltimore offers tax credits for restoration of commercial historical buildings. Tax credits are also available on the state and federal level. All three are subject to qualification, meaning the building must be in a qualifying historic district, and the restoration must follow certain historic guidelines. If the building does qualify, these tax credits offer a substantial tax break to the owner making the investment.

Tax Credits for Commercial Historical Building Restoration in Baltimore

Baltimore City Tax Credits

The Baltimore City Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation (CHAP) offers a tax credit that defers taxes on the value of the restored building for 10 years. Essentially, once the restorations are complete, the property owner will pay taxes on the pre-restoration value of the building for 10 years. This example from their website demonstrates how this tax credit can benefit commercial property owners in Baltimore:

Example: An owner of a two-story building, who runs a business on the ground floor and resides on the top floor, decides to undertake substantial improvements. After the improvements, the property value increases from $283,000 to $458,000. The historic tax credit program saves the property owner as much as $40,000 in property taxes over the life of the credit.

Maryland State Tax Credits

The state of Maryland offers tax credits to competitive commercial properties and small commercial properties through the Maryland Historical Trust. The small commercial credit is designed for “modest rehabilitation projects that have historically struggled to compete for the large-scale commercial awards.” Large-scale awards can be obtained through the competitive commercial credit. The takeaway for both credits is a “one-time state income tax credit equal to 20 percent of qualified rehabilitation expenditures.” Both credits can be used in combination with local and federal tax credits.

Federal Tax Credits

Federal tax credits for commercial historic building restoration are managed by the National Park Service. Similarly to Maryland state tax credits, the National Park Service offers a one-time 20% credit on qualified expenditures.

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About Consolidated Coatings Inc.

Consolidated Coatings is a full service building restoration contractor operating in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Since 1979, we’ve provided professional restoration of commercial, industrial, and historic buildings across a range of disciplines. These include masonry restoration, concrete restoration, decorative concrete, industrial and floor coatings, EIFS, and waterproofing. Follow us on our blog for weekly posts on industry-related topics. If you have any questions, please contact us at 410-574-6504.

Get a New Look with Building Restoration in Baltimore

Thursday, September 4th, 2014

Stone is one of the most beautiful materials for building exteriors in Baltimore. From limestone to marble to granite, the visual appeal of stone is hard to match, and conveys a handsome look for your building’s exterior.

Unfortunately, stone also has a tendency to accumulate lots of foreign particles over the years. Dirt, debris, grime, and other particles that are common in an urban environment build up on stone facades over the years and diminish their natural beauty, turning the building’s exterior from clean and attractive to dark and dull. And not all of this buildup is incidental. Some of it, such as graffiti, is intentional, and can leave your building’s exterior marred.

Building exterior masonry restoration is a process used to clean the exterior of stone buildings. Using industrial strength techniques such as high-pressure hydroblast, wet and dry abrasive blast, environmentally controlled vacublast and horizontal shotblasting, a building exterior restoration contractor in Baltimore can restore your building’s facade to its former glory. Consolidated Coatings has worked to successfully restore all kinds of buildings and all kinds of masonry, from churches and historical sites to limestone, marble, granite and limestone. For all of your building and masonry restoration needs in Baltimore, you can trust the experience of Consolidated Coatings. Contact us today for more information on restoring your building in Baltimore.

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About Consolidated Coatings Inc.

Consolidated Coatings is a full service building restoration contractor operating in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Since 1979, we’ve provided professional restoration of commercial, industrial, and historic buildings across a range of disciplines. These include masonry restoration, concrete restoration, decorative concrete, industrial and floor coatings, EIFS, and waterproofing. Follow us on our blog for weekly posts on industry-related topics. If you have any questions, please contact us at 410-574-6504.

 

What are the Benefits of Building Exterior Restoration?

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

The discoloration of a building’s exterior over the course of its lifetime is inevitable, especially in urban areas. Fumes from vehicle and industrial exhaust as well as all of the dirt and grime found in cities will leave their deposits on exterior walls over time, discoloring them and making them appear drab and dark. The older the building, the more likely it is to show this age. Limestone, marble, granite, and other stones are all susceptible to this discoloration, as debris works its way over time into small pores in the stone and accumulates there. Down at street level, buildings and sidewalks may also be defaced with graffiti. The result is a visually unappealing building.

Beneath the surface however, lies the original color of the stone, in all its glory. With building exterior restoration, you can restore the exterior stone of your building to its original luster, doing justice to its original design. Several methods can be used to restore an exterior, including high-pressure hydroblasting with water, wet and dry abrasive blast, environmentally controlled vacublast, and horizonatl shotblasting. These cleaning methods clean away years of accumulated dirt, debris, and grime off a building’s face for a cosmetic facelift that gives a new aesthetic dynamic to the building. No longer obscured by urban grime, a building can once again present an attractive face to the world. Not only does building restoration provide visual appeal, it also can potentially boost the value of the building with this increased appeal.

Consolidated Coatings offers building restoration services for all types of buildings in the Baltimore Metropolitan area. From office buildings to churches to architectural structures, we use our advanced restoration techniques to clean buildings to a luster they may not have seen in some time. All of our cleaning and restoration procedures are custom designed to meet local environmental codes. Contact us today to restore your building’s exterior in Baltimore.

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About Consolidated Coatings Inc.

Consolidated Coatings is a full service building restoration contractor operating in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Since 1979, we’ve provided professional restoration of commercial, industrial, and historic buildings across a range of disciplines. These include masonry restoration, concrete restoration, industrial and floor coatings, EIFS, and waterproofing. Follow us on our blog for weekly posts on industry-related topics. If you have any questions, please contact us at 410-574-6504.

 

Tips for Cleaning Up After a Flood

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

If there’s one word for the clean up process of a flooded building, it is “extensive.” Floods can cause all kinds of water damage to buildings both in the short and long term, which is why it’s important to start dealing with the effects of a flood as soon as it is safe to do so. If your building has recently flooded, here are a few tips for cleaning up.

Tips for Cleaning Up After a Flood

 

Safety First

Before you even enter the building, make sure you take the proper steps to protect yourself. The power to the building should be shut off and an analysis of its structural integrity made before you enter. You’ll also want to wear gear to protect yourself, as the water may be contaminated with bacteria, pesticides, oil, and other substances picked up from the runoff. Waders, rubber gloves, eye protection, and an organic vapor respirator are all advised. Once inside, open windows to ventilate and use a portable fan if possible.

 

Look for Saturation

Find the water line by removing portions of wet walls and insulation. Now measure 15 to 20 inches above it. Everything below this line should be removed and disposed of. If the flooring is removable, remove it and look for saturation underneath.

 

Dry, Discard and Clean

The quicker you begin the drying process the better, as mold can begin to form quickly. Keep the building well ventilated, with air moving and temperatures moderate. Any porous items should be disposed of, as they’ve been contaminated. Clothing, however, can be saved with a soak in detergent and hot water. Clean wall cavities and exposed durable materials with detergent and pressure washing.

 

If you need help cleaning up after a flood, the best course of action is to enlist the services of a building restoration company that knows how to restore previously flooded buildings, ensure they are safe to occupy, and prevent them from suffering future water damage with building waterproofing services. For building restoration from water damage, and waterproofing and protection, contact Considated Coatings in Baltimore today.

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About Consolidated Coatings Inc.

Consolidated Coatings is a full service building restoration contractor operating in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Since 1979, we’ve provided professional restoration of commercial, industrial, and historic buildings across a range of disciplines. These include masonry restoration, concrete restoration, industrial and floor coatings, EIFS, and waterproofing. Follow us on our blog for weekly posts on industry-related topics. If you have any questions, please contact us at 410-574-6504.

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http://www.iicrc.org/consumers/care/water-damage/