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Cladding Spraying: 7 Questions To Ask Your Contractor

Considering cladding spraying for your commercial property? There’s some things you need to know… 

 

Cladding spraying is an affordable and effective way to revive your building and prolong the life of your cladding. It can protect your property from the elements, freshen up the appearance of your building and improve the lifespan of your cladding. 

Common issues it can help with include: 

  • Discolouration or fading – Changes in the colour of your cladding, often caused by the weather, UV light and moisture in the air. 
  • Chalking – Lifting, flaking or worn away paint. 
  • Delamination & Separation – moisture damage that creates rust, which can split the top layer from the metal of the cladding. 

But before you instruct a contractor, there’s some important questions you need to ask. 

1: Should I Spray Or Replace My Cladding? 

While cladding spraying is a great way to smarten up your property’s appearance, it’s important to know the difference between when your cladding should be coated or replaced. If your cladding is discoloured, the paint is flaking or chalking or rust is starting to appear, then cladding spraying is an appropriate treatment. However, if your cladding is badly damaged, broken or corroded beyond repair then spraying may not be suitable. 

A good spraying contractor will assess the condition of your cladding and give you impartial advice on the best approach for your property. 

2: Will You Clean My Cladding Before Spraying? 

Cladding is your first line of defence against the elements. Because of this, over time your cladding will collect dirt, grime and even moss. Spraying over dirt will impact the quality of your coating, so it’s essential that your spraying contractor fully cleans and prepares your cladding before spraying. 

A good contractor will remove any moss or lichen, clean any dirt and grime and remove any flaking paint before applying the specialist coating. 

 

3: How Long Will My Cladding Spraying Last? 

Specialist cladding coatings are designed to increase the lifespan of your cladding, protecting your building from the elements and improving the aesthetic of your building. Not all coatings are created equal, so be sure to ask your contractor how long the coatings they intend to use will last. 

A good contractor will be happy to advise you on what you can expect from the treatment, as well as any potential issues they can see that may arise from your specific building. 

4: What Type Of Spray Coating Do You Use? 

There are many different brands of specialist cladding coatings, and as with all things, some are better than others. Professional brands such as PPG Johnstone’s, Giromax and Tor Coatings have been specially designed to be long lasting, durable and to give an excellent finish. 

A good spraying specialist will be able to tell you which coatings they intend to use for your project and why they consider them to be the best choice. Avoid cheap coatings or “off-brand” options, as these may not give you the best return on your investment in the long run. 

5: How Much Will The Project Cost? 

Your building is unique, so the price for your cladding spraying project should be too. It’s impossible to price a job accurately when you haven’t seen it, so a good contractor will always do a site visit before providing you with a quote. They’ll give you a written quote, that makes it easy to understand the total cost for your cladding spraying, as well as a pricing breakdown to help you see where your money is going. 

Be wary of a contractor that won’t provide a written quote, bamboozles you with complicated costings or refuses to confirm that there won’t be any hidden costs associated with the project. 

 

6: How Do I Know You’re A Reputable Contractor? 

The building industry has a mix of experienced, trustworthy contractors and unreliable cowboys who will do a bodge-job. So how can you know who to choose? It can be hard to know who to trust, but looking for the following attributes can help you make the right choice. 

A reputable contractor will: 

  • Have a visible web presence
  • Have many years of experience in the trade 
  • Have verified testimonials for you to view 
  • Be easy to communicate with and happy to answer questions
  • Give you a written quote with all costs included 

7: Will You Colour Match My Paint? 

Cladding coatings aren’t just about protection, they can give your building a facelift too. Getting the best finish for your cladding is important if you want your property to look the best it can be. By colour matching your coating colour to your existing painting or other areas of cladding that are not being treated, you can avoid that mismatched, patchwork appearance and even match your brand colours. 

A good spraying contractor will be able to match your colour, giving you an aesthetically pleasing finish. 

Looking For A Reputable Cladding Spraying Contractor? 

If you’re looking for a cladding spraying contractor for your commercial project, we’d love to hear from you. Here at GI Sykes, we’ve been providing excellent service, competitive quotes and flawless finishes for more than 55 years. To find out more about our cladding spraying services click here or get in touch to arrange a quote. 

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