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What Are On-Demand Building Maintenance Services?

By | Building Maintenance

Building maintenance services are a vital part of building management and ownership. It improves the property’s overall value, enhances the satisfaction of occupants and visitors, and eliminates safety hazards. Routine and scheduled maintenance is ideal, but not all issues arise on a planned schedule. Therefore, an on-demand building and maintenance company is needed.  On-demand maintenance meets the immediate needs of issues that have come to fruition. Commercial properties specifically need on-demand care, as their businesses are on the line. A business can be significantly impacted by maintenance issues, especially if the time to repair is excessive. As a result, companies can see a loss of product, profit, and business while creating a safety risk to customers. Therefore, on-demand maintenance, restoration, and repair are vital to companies.  According to 2018 Building Owners and Managers Association International research, typical private building expenses can range from $0.02 to $0.06, but unplanned costs can quickly soar well above those rates. This data provides valuable information on the cost of upkeep and maintenance on commercial properties. In addition, routinely maintaining the exterior of the building, grounds, landscaping, and other equipment, such as the HVAC system, can help decrease the need for on-demand services.  What Are Building Maintenance Services? Building maintenance services are services provided that maintain, preserve, and extend the life of the building and its components and include various tasks and efforts. Specifically, these services include inspections, emergency repairs, work orders, requests, and the overall general maintenance of a building. As time goes on,…

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The Ultimate Rundown of Commercial Glass Restoration

By | Commercial Windows

The building owner and manager highly desire their structure and its commercial plaza deck makes a stunning first impression. Clean and sleek glass is attractive, no matter the structure. Glass accounts for a substantial part of the care and attention given to commercial buildings and components.  Glass restoration companies install glass in multiple areas of buildings, not just windows. According to Buildings.com, “Depending on how the glass is treated before installation, it can be a viable option anywhere in a building. It can be tempered as well as annealed or laminated for extreme safety. As an interior wall or partition, it’s hard to think of why you wouldn’t be able to use glass. Translucent (and opaque) glass products are great as demountable partitions, in reception areas and conference rooms, or as stairs and treads. How the glass is treated or fabricated governs where the glass can be used.” Seeing glass stained with residue, graffiti, and scratches is unattractive. In addition, it affects the energy efficiency of appliances such as the HVAC system. Therefore, the type of restoration glass used, sealants, and waterproofing membranes are utilized to improve energy use and enhance energy efficiency.  When a residential window becomes damaged, it is typically a task that the homeowner or landlord can tackle. Commercial glass damage is a tedious task that requires the work of professional glass restoration companies. Some commercial buildings are one story, while others are massive skyscrapers. The glass requires special skills, tools, and equipment.  Glass restoration companies breathe…

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Are Bird Spikes or Netting Better for Bird Deterrents in Commercial Buildings

By | Bird Proofing

Birds can be a nuisance to building and facility managers. Their droppings can lead to extensive damage creating costly repairs and restorations to the building and plaza deck systems. How can this problem be solved? There are many options for bird repellents. A significant factor in the decision-making process is ensuring birds’ safety is front and center.  According to Buildings.com, “Birds are more than just flying animals; they are vital to ecological well-being across the globe. Birds are some of nature’s most able cleaners. One vulture, for example, is responsible for over $10,000 worth of waste removal. They are also massive contributors to pest control. Birds eat 400 to 500 million tons of insects every year. As such, they protect crops and help keep pest populations in check.” Birds are vital to the environmental ecosystem, which must building owners and managers must consider when selecting the best bird repellent for their structures. Below are some of the core considerations when choosing which bird deterrent devices to use.  Spike Bird Deterrent Pros Bird spikes are commonly used bird repellents and see great success. They are used to deter birds from landing in certain areas, hanging around, and creating nests. Some pros to bird deterrent spikes are: Installation is simple and quick. Typically made of metal, the lifespan of bird spikes is long. Bird spikes offer a versatile location selection for use on nearly any surface. They are environmentally friendly. Spikes are harmless to birds and humans when installed correctly.  Spike Bird…

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Valcourt Group’s Evolution Continues with New Sub-brand Logo, Strategic Branding Initiative

By | News

The Woodlands, TX—The Valcourt Group, leaders in exterior building maintenance, restoration, waterproofing, and window cleaning, today unveiled a new sub-brand logo and strategic branding initiative that unifies and amplifies the identity of all businesses within the group. A merger between Valcourt Building Services and the JOBS Group in 2021 formed the Valcourt Group, expanding the organization’s service offering, employee base, and geographic footprint. In February 2022, the company announced a new executive team and unveiled the evolution of the Valcourt brand. Today its sub-brand businesses will begin using elements of the new brand including the logo. “The new logo will bring visual consistency to all the sub-brand businesses under the Valcourt Group umbrella, said CEO Eric Crabb. “It will also further unite us in our endeavor to be the undisputed national leader in specialty building services with the highest reputation for technical expertise, safety, and client service.” There are 16 sub-brands under the Valcourt Group umbrella: A1 Orange Exterior Building Services AMST April Building Services April Waterproofing & Restoration EDS Waterproofing & Restoration EV-Air-Tight HSG JOBS Building Services JOBS Safety Systems JOBS Waterproofing & Restoration Martin’s Window Cleaning Corporation Scottie’s Building Services Scottie’s Safety Systems Sightline Valcourt Building Services Valcourt Safety Systems “This re-branding initiative strengthens the Valcourt Group as it illuminates our mindset of ‘one culture and one team atmosphere,’ as well as our capability to be a single-source provider. Together, our businesses are capable of servicing all of our clients’ building surfaces,” Crabb said. ABOUT THE VALCOURT GROUP…

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8 Tips for Safe and Effective Bird Pest Control

By | Bird Pest Control

Bird pest control services are necessary for nearly every building to prevent structural degradation, safety dangers, and health threats to both people and birds. While it’s ideal for constructing a bird-safe and a bird proofing building from the start, knowing how to retrofit structures with bird-proofing features is always beneficial. According to Buildings.com, “By far, glass is the leading culprit behind the danger of buildings. For every additional 10% of glass coverage, bird strikes go up another 19%. And as glass buildings continue to fill the skylines, bird deaths will only go up. However, make no mistake, high-rise buildings are not the main culprit. Buildings that are 10 stories and under account for the vast majority of collisions. In fact, 44% of all building-caused bird fatalities occur with those less than four stories tall.” Today’s building owners are conscious of how their buildings impact local wildlife, including birds. Yet, they may still struggle to find the right strategy to reduce the impact of birds on their patrons and visitors. Furthermore, proper bird control is a greater part of pest control, particularly among insects, and it’s more complicated than the traditional pest control strategies. After all, a multi-story building will lead to safety issues and additional challenges that may occur. Fortunately, following a few tips can help a building’s owners and managers safely and effectively improve bird pest control and pest control bird removal.  1. Install Bird Pest Control Devices Building owners and facility managers have expressed severe reservations about using…

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An Overview of Bird Proofing Buildings

By | Bird Proofing

Building owners and facility managers have implemented bird proofing services into their facilities management tasks. Building bird proofing services are required on virtually every building to prevent structure deterioration, safety hazards, and health risks to humans and also to the birds themselves.   You might be asking yourself, “what is bird proofing?” When someone hears the phrase “bird proofing,” bird safety may not be the first thought that comes to mind. However, it is a major concern to building managers and occupants and its impact on the ecology of the area. With the growing concern and attention drawn to bird safety, “bird-safe material is dropping in cost, and it has already been shown to be economically viable in new projects. In fact, in many cases, opting for bird-safe designs accounts for less than 1% of total costs. And as more attention is brought to the importance of bird-safe buildings, expect these prices to continue falling”, according to Building.com. What Are Bird Proofing Building Services? Building owners and facility managers are taking steps to eradicate bird concerns within building management. Birds pose a plethora of health and safety concerns and can cause millions of dollars in damage to the building plaza deck system, facades, roofs, and walkways. What is bird proofing? Bird proofing services are an essential component of building care that cannot be ignored. Effective bird proofing services will protect the occupants, birds, and surrounding environment.  Signs That a Building Needs Bird Proofing: Clogged Ventilation – HVAC and chimney ventilation is…

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Types of Stadium Concrete Repairs and How They Impact Structural Integrity

By | Concrete

A stadium is a tiered structure for people to observe an event. Without proper stadium concrete repairs and maintenance, the safety of observers is at risk and therefore cannot be overlooked or ignored. Even flashing on roofs or other items can lead to premature wear and tear. Maintaining and repairing stadium concrete will enhance the structure’s appearance, overall structural integrity, and the safety of patrons.  A 2022 article on TileLetter.com says that the new home of the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers is the “first open-air, indoor-outdoor stadium constructed with more than 70,000 seats, including 260 luxury suites, with expansion capabilities that will accommodate up to 100,000 guests.” SoFi Stadium is an indoor and outdoor facility that needs routine and preventative stadium concrete repairs to maintain the life and longevity of the structure.  Early detection of problems saves money and prevents the need for a complete replacement. Below are some of the most common implemented maintenance tips for stadium repairs. Replacement of Spalling Concrete Concrete is constantly exposed to the weather and free-thaw cycles. These cycles decrease the structural longevity of concrete. It creates spalling, which can indicate more serious issues. The damaged concrete needs to be removed immediately and replaced with new concrete. Applying sealers and waterproofing membranes will increase the life of the product. This is a stadium waterproofing solution that is requisite to the longevity of the stadium.  Rebar Coatings to Reduce Damage The wet and dry cycle of the environment will eventually cause corrosion of steel…

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Top Causes of Stadium Structure Deterioration

By | Waterproofing

Stadiums are structures used for sports and other events and feature many cement floors subjected to extreme wear and tear and exposure to climate fluctuations. With the constant flow of foot traffic of spectators, personnel, and athletes, stadiums are built to withstand the test of time with essential stadium maintenance.  However, problems can arise without proper reinforcement, repair of stadiums, correct installation, and routine maintenance. An article in The Dallas Morning News discusses an improperly installed $20 million stadium project in McKinney, Texas. It states that “the cracks are a combination of three factors. Too much water was added to the concrete mixture, which caused the concrete to shrink excessively as it dried. The cross-section along pier lines didn’t have enough concrete. And investigators said the area had insufficient steel reinforcing to control the cracking shrinkage.” There are many causes of structure degradation, and there are also many ways to prevent these issues. Understanding the technicalities of concrete, reinforcements, and waterproofing is vital to the longevity of a stadium structure.  What Causes Stadium Structural Degradation Many factors can cause rapid degradation of stadium structures, especially when subjected to heavy foot traffic and constant exposure to the elements. These spaces can be damaged easily by a lack of routine maintenance, proper waterproofing, and incorrect concrete repair.  Exposure to climate changes and moisture means that proper waterproofing is a must. Without adequate waterproofing, water can seep through cracks in concrete and cause extensive damage to all structure parts. Another major contributing factor…

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An Overview of Waterproofing World-Class Stadiums: Maintenance, Restoration, and Repair

By | Waterproofing

Waterproofing world-class stadiums and stadium structural maintenance management make up crucial components that ensure the safety of fans, players, and employees. Stadium structures consist of concrete and steel, constantly exposed to the elements and high traffic. These factors can compromise structural integrity, requiring stadium maintenance, restoration, and repair.  Everything from the stadium roof structure to the support beams to the flooring needs careful maintenance and upkeep. According to IbisWorld.com,  “Over the five years to 2021, demand for the Sports Stadium Construction industry improved, as funding for industry projects increased in light of the recovering economy. Industry operators build, renovate and maintain sports stadiums, arenas and fields. Increasing incomes have caused government tax receipts to grow, leading to higher funding for educational and commercial institutions.” The report noted, “Moreover, the economic recovery has also caused sports franchise industry revenue to grow, which when combined with growing public funds, caused demand for large professional sports stadiums to rise as well. Therefore, industry revenue is expected to increase at an annualized rate of 1.7% to $12.3 billion over the five years.” This growth puts an even greater demand on the maintenance of stadium structures.  The longevity of your facility requires a regular, consistent maintenance plan that is tailored to your building and includes all of the numerous factors that play into the stadium’s life expectancy. Below are some tips on maintaining and waterproofing world-class stadiums to help reduce the need for frequent repairs and reconstruction. Why Waterproofing Is Vital for Stadium Maintenance and…

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A Guide to Plaza Deck Systems, Waterproofing and Beyond

By | Plaza Deck

The ability of plaza deck systems to provide waterproofing protection and extend concrete life is its most essential feature. Its two main components—concrete and steel—provide stability, strength, and integrity. Moisture infiltration can cause either of these to fail, which would result in instability of the commercial roof deck systems. Plaza deck systems consist of commercial waterproofing membranes that provide protection and are also flexible, allowing movement of the building.  Plaza deck systems can be on rooftops, a floating deck room, ground level, or even below ground level. Most are concrete; however, some can have additional metal or commercial composite decking materials depending on the design. Plaza deck systems can completely transform a building or even an unused city block. The city of El Paso, Texas, is creating a green and recreational plaza deck system built over the I-10 downtown corridor. According to ElPasoMatters.org, it will “include green spaces with trees and parks and could link active transportation infrastructure like the El Paso Streetcar to the Paso del Norte Trail.” Below is a guide to plaza deck details to help you create a plaza deck system and exterior maintenance with as much prestige and attractiveness as possible. What Is a Plaza Deck? A plaza deck system is a concrete construction that serves as a roof and a floor for a public space. Plaza deck systems are at or above ground level. Commercial roof deck systems provide a public green space area that is open to pedestrians and, in some cases, automobiles….

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