Surfaces and facades

Cleaning and maintenance

A masonry façade, rendered or not, is often categorised as a maintenance-free surface. As with all surfaces, however, with proper maintenance the durability will increase and fulfil initial expectations.

Natural green façades?

Renovating a façade with the aim of a long-term result also demands a good maintenance and cleaning plan. External stress can induce small damages that, when left untreated for a long time, require a thorough renovation. A rigid scheme for maintenance and surveillance should follow every renovation project. Be especially aware of damaged and cluttered waterpipes. Running water and accumulation of dust and organic matter can give favourable conditions for organic growth (moss, grass, trees, etc.). This will retain water and roots will grow and ruin renders and masonry. The worst case scenario is organic growth (fungus) influencing indoor quality and rotten wooden structures leading to collapse.

Make a maintenance plan

Organic paint

Maintainance is an issue both for preserving an old building with the aim of giving it a longer life before renovating, but it is also important to establish good routines after the renovation has been completed. Establishing and following MOM (management, operation and maintenance), documentation for the building and surfaces is important. The documentation gives advice on when and how to clean and renew according to the products used. We also suggest a programme involving regular inspections every year, 5th year and 10th year, looking for damages and repairing them as soon as possible. In our experience, a lifespan of about 10-40 years between major renovations is an acceptable expectation.