Your commercial building is likely one of the most significant investments you have made in your business. Protecting it and making it last as long as possible are worthwhile endeavors, and they don’t have to get in the way of the work that you have to do every day.
Commercial waterproofing is one of the simplest ways to increase your building’s value—both tangibly in terms of dollars and also in less tangible ways that employees and visitors will appreciate.
Here are some of the ways that commercial waterproofing can increase your building’s value.
Longevity and Usability
Of course, the goal of most building owners is to keep their structure functional and intact for as long as possible. Regular maintenance goes a long way toward this goal, but waterproofing can extend the life of your building even more.
Water that seeps into a commercial structure can create a host of problems, from cracks to mold and rotting wood. Keeping the water out increases the longevity of your building and ensures that all areas are safe for use for years to come.
Increased Usable Space
Do you have an area or two in your building that is technically in good repair but just doesn’t feel good? Maybe it’s very damp, or it struggles with mold problems (like a lower floor/basement). You may hesitate to store things in this space or put employee offices in the area because of these issues.
Waterproofing can increase the usable space in your facility by preventing these uncomfortable conditions and making rooms more comfortable and safe for products, equipment or employees.
One of the most tangible ways that you’re likely to see a return on your investment for waterproofing is in your utility bills. Water is an efficient temperature conductor, and it seeps through your building and creates cracks and gaps.
This reduces the energy efficiency of your structure, allowing your interior air temperature to seep out. Waterproofing stops this process, meaning that you’ll be spending much less on heating and cooling bills thanks to improved efficiency.
Reduction in Necessary Repairs
As mentioned previously, water intrusion is one of the most significant causes of damage and a reduction in usable space—especially in commercial buildings. Your exterior could be faced with cracks and decaying mortar thanks to the constant presence of water, and deep within your walls, your wooden structures could be rotting away without your knowledge.
Large swaths of mold could be growing, leaving you entirely unaware until the problem is too large to remediate without some level of reconstruction. By waterproofing your commercial building, you can significantly decrease not only the frequency of the repairs you’ll need but also their complexity.
Better Indoor Air Quality
Humid, stagnant air is the perfect environment for mold and mildew to thrive. Sometimes, you can smell these growths—and the smell is less than pleasant. Other times, they might not produce an odor, and your employees may be left wondering why their allergies act up every time they come to work.
Waterproofing removes the moisture that mold and mildew require for growth, improving your commercial building’s air quality. This helps employees stay healthy and motivated while making your interior spaces more comfortable too.
Improved Selling Rates
Not every commercial building is meant to stay with your business forever. Whether due to expansion or just a strategic move to a different part of town, you might not keep your structure forever. When it comes time to sell, the maintenance and repairs that you’ve put into the building will play a substantial role in the price that you can ask.
Waterproofing has a big impact on asking price for commercial buildings; this is a preventative task that buyers are eager to pay for. They know that early waterproofing likely prevented more substantial, harder to find damage that can cause them headaches later in the form of unexpected repairs.
Investing in waterproofing now can result in a higher return when you sell your commercial property, and it will likely sell faster—so you can focus less on the seller’s market and more on completing the move to your new location.
Waterproof Your Commercial Building With the Help of the Pros
Commercial waterproofing can increase your commercial building’s value, both directly by boosting its sale price but also indirectly—such as by making your employees safer and more comfortable. This type of repair is a worthwhile investment, but make sure that you work with professionals who can do it the right way.
The experts at Waterproof Caulking & Restoration would be happy to walk you through the waterproofing that we can do on your building and help you explore your options within a budget. Reach out to learn more or to schedule an appointment to get started.