How to Save Your Building From Scratches And Graffiti

By | Glass Scratch Removal & Prevention

How to Save Your Building From Scratches And Graffiti How your business deals with damage to your property says a lot about your approach to PR. Letting scratches accumulate from untreated wear and tear suggests a lack of concern for detail. Much like a handshake, that means missing out on the competitive edge of a sparkling first impression. It’s even worse if that untended damage happens to be in the form of graffiti – vandals see this eyesore as encouragement for more etchings or tagging. It sends everyone – including potential clients – the message “We don’t care about harm to our image or insults to our reputation.” Don’t let that be your business! Take control of your building and your company’s image – don’t leave things up to chance. Let HSG remove scratches and graffiti on glass and metallic surfaces for you. We will then cover the newly restored surface with a protective film to reduce the chance of future vandalism or damage. This process at least makes future touch-ups cheaper, so it’s a wise investment for both repair and prevention. We carry LEED-certified tinted solar film, too, which reduces wear from direct sunlight and lowers energy consumption without compromising the appearance of your building.

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Make Your Building’s Metal Surfaces Shine Again

By | Metal Restoration

If your building has a metallic exterior, rust, corrosion, surface contamination, and bonded dirt are real concerns. When you’re used to seeing a building every day, slight changes may go undetected on a daily basis even though they have a drastic effect when they accumulate over time. Weathering causes outdoor metals to lose their luster through oxidation and dents. Temperature changes also cause metal to expand and contract, which can lead to damage or dislodgment when metals interact with washers and fasteners. Sometimes people fail to realize that old protective sealants and coatings need replacement and can actually contribute to their building’s problems, too. HSG can help stop corrosion and greatly improve the look of metallic surfaces with a professional combination of non-abrasive pads and solvents. Our metal restoration experts will determine the right cleaning process and protective coating for your building’s specific type of metal surfaces. We also have plenty of experience with cleaning and polishing stone masonry and other specialized materials – try us! With regular maintenance service from our team, you can keep your building shining as much as possible.

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What’s So Hard About Water?

By | Hard Water Stain Removal

Many building owners are unaware of the damaging chemical processes quietly taking place on their property. Not all water is created equal! Depending on what it contains, water can be a friend or a foe to your building exterior. What is hard water? Hard water is water with a high concentration of minerals, often including calcium, magnesium, or silicon. This type of water leaves behind unsightly mineral deposits – a chalky whitish coating – when it dries and carries with it an increased risk of corrosion and damage to your building. Don’t wait to address this problem until it is too late! HSG has decades of experience in hard water stain removal. We use extra-fine triple zero (Grade #000) steel wool with a special polishing agent to remove stubborn mineral deposits. This process is gentle enough not to scratch glass, but it is strong enough to make dulled, worn surfaces look bright and new. We guarantee your building and your business will look more inviting and professionally maintained with regular help from us!

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Your Building – Isn’t For the Birds

By | Bird Control

This month and through the rest of summer, the bird population will be at its highest. The chicks have hatched and are out of the nest. As the numbers increase, they look to perch and roost on commercial buildings. They usually on the Northeast corners of buildings where they are protected from the onshore weather (winds, sun, etc.). This blog will hopefully make you aware of the hazards of not taking action with these pests. Which Birds are commonly seen at buildings? These are the pests we see most often on commercial buildings: Pigeons: You will usually find them on the roofs and protected areas Starlings: Roost in large numbers and settle under the eaves of buildings. Crows:  Very smart birds, noisy, messy, mean! House Sparrows: Anyplace where food is stored or processed Gulls: Perch on rooftops in most coastal areas.  They usually come in from the coastal areas when there is a storm coming. Hazards of bird infestation: Noise:  Most of the birds mentioned above are noisy. Bird droppings on the sidewalk.  This can be a huge cause for slip and falls. Pigeons and or hawks: They love to perch on building signage and soil the sides of buildings and ground below the signs. Bird debris (poop) is loaded with bacteria and diseases (over 160 diseases) Bird debris (poop) is very acidic. Public freeways have a huge problem with this because it eats away at the concrete and steel re-enforcements; Eats through paint, uproots roof tiles, and clogs up…

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Waterproof Now to Keep Costly Headaches at Bay

By | Caulking & Waterproofing

The concept of waterproofing isn’t something we Southern Californians usually spend a lot of time on,given the amount of rain we get per year. However, when it does rains, it can be several inches over a very short period which can lead to significant water troubles for your property. Here are the signs, reasoning and tips to understanding this important process. Signs You Need Waterproofing Whether your property is ten or one hundred years old, there are telltale signs that waterproofing is in your future. These include: Vinyl shrinkage around windows on window corners Gaps Cracks in the concrete curtain wall Parapet caps and walls on roof have damaged/deteriorated seals If you are unsure whether you have problems or not, consider an inspection. In addition, pull out the original paperwork on your roof and windows to determine if they are near end of life. Waterproofing materials lifespan: Roofs last 5-20 years, depending on the material Windows have an expectancy of 15-20 years Why Waterproof If you don’t waterproof your building from time-to-time or ignore the signs listed above, you may experience one or more of the following problems: Water seepage which can lead to a build up of mold. Left to its own devices, this blight can turn into black mold, a hazard to any business. Moisture that can damage drywall, carpeting, office furniture and technology. Musty or mildewed smell throughout the space, which may cause many tenants to leave at the end of their lease. Overall, waterproofing is a preventative measure that will save you money if done correctly.   What You Can Do Now Here are three tips that will keep you in good stead with your tenants, save money and keep water headaches away: When it rains, look around the inside…

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