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Why Pay For Preventive Maintenance?

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Penny Willimann

We all know preventive maintenance is supposed to save money over the long term. However, it can be hard to think very long-term when trying to watch your dollars in the current year, and even more so if you aren’t necessarily involved in the day-to-day operations.

To help see the forest through the trees, we’ve outlined three real life examples of common building surfaces.  For each we’ve evaluated what happens without doing preventive maintenance vs. doing it regularly.

Bronze Building Entrance Doors

Bronze Door

Without Preventive Maintenance:

  • Bronze will corrode over time.
  • Doors will either need a complete refinish or will need full replacement eventually, both of which are very expensive.
  • Life span of door will be ~ 10 years.

With Preventive Maintenance:

  • Doors will always look attractive, improving the overall look of your building.
  • Bronze will never corrode.
  • The life span of the door can last for decades.
  • You can budget for and anticipate the cost.

Elevator Cabs

Elevator Cab

Without Preventive Maintenance:

  • Develops scuffs, scratches and dents along walls, floors and doors.
  • Cosmetics become unseemly for tenants and visitors.
  • Can decrease lease-ability and rent rate potential.

With Preventive Maintenance:

  • Consistently attractive surfaces in elevators.
  • Improves overall look of your building.
  • Helps attract and retain tenants.
  • You can budget for and anticipate the cost.

Marble, Granite and Terrazzo Lobby Floors 

Marble Floor

Without Preventive Maintenance:

  • Scratches and scuffs across large swaths of floor.
  • Restoration is much slower to complete at only ~30 square feet per hour vs. over ~300 square feet per hour to conduct routine maintenance.
  • Restoration costs are much higher than routine maintenance costs.
  • Scratched and scuffed floors are a sign the building isn’t well-kept, and can decrease lease-ability.

With Preventive Maintenance:

  • Scratches and scuffs are regularly removed, thereby preventing the need for a complete restoration, which is very expensive.
  • You can budget for and anticipate the cost.
  • Annual cost of monthly maintenance is significantly lower than that of a once a year restoration.
  • Stone is a beautiful surface when well-maintained. Keeping it attractive all the time improves the appearance and leas ability of your building.

Contact us to learn more about our maintenance programs for stone, metal and wood surfaces.

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