FAQ

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Whether you manage a multi-family complex or a high-rise office building, our commercial building restoration FAQ will help provide answers to common questions.

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A stain specific glass cleaner combined with low pressure water is the best way to remove stains. If stains aren’t removed properly the glass can become scratched and damaged. We recommend our water-based cleaner EnviRestore Glass Stain Remover. Our cleaner removes light corrosion as well as stains caused by mineral deposits, oils, soap scum, buildup from exhaust fumes, and everyday grime.

Minerals from adjacent panels, hard water, pollution, and many other substances can stain your commercial building’s windows. Regular cleaning can help prevent the buildup of stains, but improper cleaning methods can make the problem much worse. Soap scum from commonly used detergents and minerals in hard water cause most of the stains we see. We offer services that remove the stains without causing damage and leaves the glass protected from developing stains.

The simple answer is yes, you can repair scratched glass. Scratches are usually caused by improper, abrasive cleaning products. They can also be caused during the construction process or during construction clean up. Scratches make glass look dirty, can make windows hard to see through, and diminish the overall look of a building.

Most manufacturers recommend that alucobond panels are cleaned every six months with a soft applicator and a mild detergent. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. If you need a deeper clean or your panels have been scratched by abrasives, you might need a complete panel restoration. Learn more about alucobond panel restoration services.

Low pressure water and a limestone specific detergent is the best way to clean limestone. You should not use household cleaners. Presto has a complete line of cleaning products for all types of stone.  We also recommend that you seal the surface after cleaning to keep your building looking its best for as long as possible.

Precast concrete surfaces of commercial buildings should be cleaned every six months along with the windows. If you don’t regularly clean your precast surfaces, they are subject to staining. We offer cleaning and sealing services that not only keep your building looking its best, it protects the precast.

Buildings constructed of a sensitive material like marble can be easily damaged with the use of a high pressure washer. The best way to clean and restore the natural beauty of a stone structure is with a product designed to remove all biological staining without the use of high pressure. Presto Restoration’s proprietary Stone Restore CB2 cleans and prepares a marble surface for a high-performance sealer.

Any property is susceptible to mold and mildew contamination. Once exposed to moisture your building’s surface can exhibit mold growth within 24 hours. To remove exterior mold, we use Stone Restore CB2, a double-strength chlorine bleach, to fight green or black algae and mold which are then easily removed with water.

What you’re seeing is known as efflorescence, a white chalky substance that often appears on the surface of natural stone, concrete, and brick. It occurs when the inherent salts found in these materials are dissolved by rain and snow and then rise to the stone’s surface.

Yes, in most cases anodized window frames can be restored using either our EnviRestore Metal Stain Remover or Metal ReSurfacer. We do not recommend painting anodized frames. Instead, they should be sealed to prevent further damage.

You should check your building’s exterior at least monthly for signs of water intrusion/damage. The longer a problem persists the more costly it is to repair. Waiting for cracks or mold to appear is too late. You can visit our blog to learn more about how commercial waterproofing services for your building can save you money.

The life span of caulking depends on a few different factors. Urethane caulking on a building’s south face typically lasts about five years. The same caulking on the north face could last 10 years. Silicone caulking can last up to 20 years. Caulking and sealants are important to keep your building leak free. You can read this blog article to learn more about how commercial waterproofing services keep your building in tiptop shape.

It is hard to say that there is a best because not all types of caulking fit all applications. We tend to recommend silicone caulking whenever possible, specifically Dow Corning 795. It offers primer less adhesion and a 20-year warranty. That is five times longer than some other caulking.  

Wet glazing is the process of applying silicone sealant around commercial windows once their seals or gaskets shrink or deteriorate due to age and weathering. Wet glazing is used to seal windows and prevent water intrusion. A specially designed high-strength, high-performance silicone sealant was developed for structural glazing applications.

An elastomeric coating is a rubberized waterproof barrier that is applied to exterior masonry surfaces. These coatings are durable and protect against rain, wind, UV rays, and temperature fluctuations. The coating can bridge minor cracks and imperfections which also improves the aesthetics of the building. You can learn more about elastomeric coating services and the benefits for your commercial building by visiting our blog.

Presto can absolutely waterproof your brick walls along with a full surface restoration and repointing services. By using the best resources and techniques in the industry we can customize a solution to fit your needs. Caulking and elastomeric coatings applied by our highly skilled technicians result in a durable barrier between your commercial building and the elements.

Control joints are used in concrete masonry to relieve tensile stresses due to shrinkage of the building material. Control joints are typically filled with caulking to keep air, water, and insects out. Keeping your control joints in good condition is essential to the health of your commercial building. You can read more about how to keep your control joints sealed on our blog.

Yes. Elastomeric coating services are an excellent choice for waterproofing stucco surfaces. They provide a durable waterproof barrier that stands up to extreme weather conditions, offers superior performance over the long term, and when effectively applied offers a strong ROI.

Though EIFS were developed to be a barrier system that provided waterproofing protection, no barrier system is perfect. A small breach in the exterior finish such as a joint sealant failure can allow water to penetrate into a façade. Elastomeric coating services are ideal for EIFS.

Presto uses a high performance silicone to protect precast and other hard surfaces. Our LeachStop mineral leaching mitigation treatment offers superior surface protection and comes with a 10-year warranty, much longer than the warranty that comes with silane products other restorers often use. The treated surface should be cleaned every two to three years to retain its appearance.

 In most cases, we recommend old, failing caulk be removed before applying new caulking. Commercial building caulking offers a lot of benefits. Not only does it improve your property’s appearance it also provides energy efficiency advantages.

Tuckpointing is a masonry technique used to make brick walls more aesthetically pleasing. Tuckpointing is different from repointing, which is the process of repairing mortar joints in masonry construction. Both services require highly skilled professionals to be done correctly. Presto has been performing tuckpointing and repointing services for decades.

Despite typically being made from many smaller pieces of glass glued or soldered together, stained-glass windows can be restored by a professional if they have been scratched or stained. We recommend that the windows be restored onsite by a professional that has experience and insurance. Go to our blog to read more about how to prepare your building for stained-glass restoration services.

Presto prefers low pressure washing for historic structures. Our state-of-the-art equipment is designed to clean older buildings while protecting their structural integrity and historic value.

Lintels are horizontal beams that support the weight of a structure’s masonry at wall openings such as windows. A leaking window lintel can cause the window structure to become unsound. Lintels should never be sealed with caulk or mortar as this closes the drainage plane. Leaking window lintels should usually be replaced and any surrounding structural damage should be repaired and restored.

Low pressure water and a limestone specific detergent is the best way to clean limestone. You should not use household cleaners. Presto has a complete line of cleaning products for all types of stone.  We also recommend that you seal the surface after cleaning to keep your building looking its best for as long as possible.

Precast concrete surfaces of commercial buildings should be cleaned every six months along with the windows. If you don’t regularly clean your precast surfaces, they are subject to staining. We offer cleaning and sealing services that not only keep your building looking its best, it protects the precast.

Buildings constructed of a sensitive material like marble can be easily damaged with the use of a high pressure washer. The best way to clean and restore the natural beauty of a stone structure is with a product designed to remove all biological staining without the use of high pressure. Presto Restoration’s proprietary Stone Restore CB2 cleans and prepares a marble surface for a high-performance sealer.

Any property is susceptible to mold and mildew contamination. Once exposed to moisture your building’s surface can exhibit mold growth within 24 hours. To remove exterior mold, we use Stone Restore CB2, a double-strength chlorine bleach, to fight green or black algae and mold which are then easily removed with water.

What you’re seeing is known as efflorescence, a white chalky substance that often appears on the surface of natural stone, concrete, and brick. It occurs when the inherent salts found in these materials are dissolved by rain and snow and then rise to the stone’s surface.

Yes, in most cases anodized window frames can be restored using either our EnviRestore Metal Stain Remover or Metal ReSurfacer. We do not recommend painting anodized frames. Instead, they should be sealed to prevent further damage.

A stain specific glass cleaner combined with low pressure water is the best way to remove stains. If stains aren’t removed properly the glass can become scratched and damaged. We recommend our water-based cleaner EnviRestore Glass Stain Remover. Our cleaner removes light corrosion as well as stains caused by mineral deposits, oils, soap scum, buildup from exhaust fumes, and everyday grime.

Minerals from adjacent panels, hard water, pollution, and many other substances can stain your commercial building’s windows. Regular cleaning can help prevent the buildup of stains, but improper cleaning methods can make the problem much worse. Soap scum from commonly used detergents and minerals in hard water cause most of the stains we see. We offer services that remove the stains without causing damage and leaves the glass protected from developing stains.

The simple answer is yes, you can repair scratched glass. Scratches are usually caused by improper, abrasive cleaning products. They can also be caused during the construction process or during construction clean up. Scratches make glass look dirty, can make windows hard to see through, and diminish the overall look of a building.

Most manufacturers recommend that alucobond panels are cleaned every six months with a soft applicator and a mild detergent. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always happen. If you need a deeper clean or your panels have been scratched by abrasives, you might need a complete panel restoration. Learn more about alucobond panel restoration services.

Low pressure water and a limestone specific detergent is the best way to clean limestone. You should not use household cleaners. Presto has a complete line of cleaning products for all types of stone.  We also recommend that you seal the surface after cleaning to keep your building looking its best for as long as possible.

Precast concrete surfaces of commercial buildings should be cleaned every six months along with the windows. If you don’t regularly clean your precast surfaces, they are subject to staining. We offer cleaning and sealing services that not only keep your building looking its best, it protects the precast.

Buildings constructed of a sensitive material like marble can be easily damaged with the use of a high pressure washer. The best way to clean and restore the natural beauty of a stone structure is with a product designed to remove all biological staining without the use of high pressure. Presto Restoration’s proprietary Stone Restore CB2 cleans and prepares a marble surface for a high-performance sealer.

Any property is susceptible to mold and mildew contamination. Once exposed to moisture your building’s surface can exhibit mold growth within 24 hours. To remove exterior mold, we use Stone Restore CB2, a double-strength chlorine bleach, to fight green or black algae and mold which are then easily removed with water.

What you’re seeing is known as efflorescence, a white chalky substance that often appears on the surface of natural stone, concrete, and brick. It occurs when the inherent salts found in these materials are dissolved by rain and snow and then rise to the stone’s surface.

Yes, in most cases anodized window frames can be restored using either our EnviRestore Metal Stain Remover or Metal ReSurfacer. We do not recommend painting anodized frames. Instead, they should be sealed to prevent further damage.

You should check your building’s exterior at least monthly for signs of water intrusion/damage. The longer a problem persists the more costly it is to repair. Waiting for cracks or mold to appear is too late. You can visit our blog to learn more about how commercial waterproofing services for your building can save you money.

The life span of caulking depends on a few different factors. Urethane caulking on a building’s south face typically lasts about five years. The same caulking on the north face could last 10 years. Silicone caulking can last up to 20 years. Caulking and sealants are important to keep your building leak free. You can read this blog article to learn more about how commercial waterproofing services keep your building in tiptop shape.

It is hard to say that there is a best because not all types of caulking fit all applications. We tend to recommend silicone caulking whenever possible, specifically Dow Corning 795. It offers primer less adhesion and a 20-year warranty. That is five times longer than some other caulking.  

Wet glazing is the process of applying silicone sealant around commercial windows once their seals or gaskets shrink or deteriorate due to age and weathering. Wet glazing is used to seal windows and prevent water intrusion. A specially designed high-strength, high-performance silicone sealant was developed for structural glazing applications.

An elastomeric coating is a rubberized waterproof barrier that is applied to exterior masonry surfaces. These coatings are durable and protect against rain, wind, UV rays, and temperature fluctuations. The coating can bridge minor cracks and imperfections which also improves the aesthetics of the building. You can learn more about elastomeric coating services and the benefits for your commercial building by visiting our blog.

Presto can absolutely waterproof your brick walls along with a full surface restoration and repointing services. By using the best resources and techniques in the industry we can customize a solution to fit your needs. Caulking and elastomeric coatings applied by our highly skilled technicians result in a durable barrier between your commercial building and the elements.

Control joints are used in concrete masonry to relieve tensile stresses due to shrinkage of the building material. Control joints are typically filled with caulking to keep air, water, and insects out. Keeping your control joints in good condition is essential to the health of your commercial building. You can read more about how to keep your control joints sealed on our blog.

Yes. Elastomeric coating services are an excellent choice for waterproofing stucco surfaces. They provide a durable waterproof barrier that stands up to extreme weather conditions, offers superior performance over the long term, and when effectively applied offers a strong ROI.

Though EIFS were developed to be a barrier system that provided waterproofing protection, no barrier system is perfect. A small breach in the exterior finish such as a joint sealant failure can allow water to penetrate into a façade. Elastomeric coating services are ideal for EIFS.

Presto uses a high performance silicone to protect precast and other hard surfaces. Our LeachStop mineral leaching mitigation treatment offers superior surface protection and comes with a 10-year warranty, much longer than the warranty that comes with silane products other restorers often use. The treated surface should be cleaned every two to three years to retain its appearance.

 In most cases, we recommend old, failing caulk be removed before applying new caulking. Commercial building caulking offers a lot of benefits. Not only does it improve your property’s appearance it also provides energy efficiency advantages.

Tuckpointing is a masonry technique used to make brick walls more aesthetically pleasing. Tuckpointing is different from repointing, which is the process of repairing mortar joints in masonry construction. Both services require highly skilled professionals to be done correctly. Presto has been performing tuckpointing and repointing services for decades.

Despite typically being made from many smaller pieces of glass glued or soldered together, stained-glass windows can be restored by a professional if they have been scratched or stained. We recommend that the windows be restored onsite by a professional that has experience and insurance. Go to our blog to read more about how to prepare your building for stained-glass restoration services.

Presto prefers low pressure washing for historic structures. Our state-of-the-art equipment is designed to clean older buildings while protecting their structural integrity and historic value.

Lintels are horizontal beams that support the weight of a structure’s masonry at wall openings such as windows. A leaking window lintel can cause the window structure to become unsound. Lintels should never be sealed with caulk or mortar as this closes the drainage plane. Leaking window lintels should usually be replaced and any surrounding structural damage should be repaired and restored.

Low pressure water and a limestone specific detergent is the best way to clean limestone. You should not use household cleaners. Presto has a complete line of cleaning products for all types of stone.  We also recommend that you seal the surface after cleaning to keep your building looking its best for as long as possible.

Precast concrete surfaces of commercial buildings should be cleaned every six months along with the windows. If you don’t regularly clean your precast surfaces, they are subject to staining. We offer cleaning and sealing services that not only keep your building looking its best, it protects the precast.

Buildings constructed of a sensitive material like marble can be easily damaged with the use of a high pressure washer. The best way to clean and restore the natural beauty of a stone structure is with a product designed to remove all biological staining without the use of high pressure. Presto Restoration’s proprietary Stone Restore CB2 cleans and prepares a marble surface for a high-performance sealer.

Any property is susceptible to mold and mildew contamination. Once exposed to moisture your building’s surface can exhibit mold growth within 24 hours. To remove exterior mold, we use Stone Restore CB2, a double-strength chlorine bleach, to fight green or black algae and mold which are then easily removed with water.

What you’re seeing is known as efflorescence, a white chalky substance that often appears on the surface of natural stone, concrete, and brick. It occurs when the inherent salts found in these materials are dissolved by rain and snow and then rise to the stone’s surface.

Yes, in most cases anodized window frames can be restored using either our EnviRestore Metal Stain Remover or Metal ReSurfacer. We do not recommend painting anodized frames. Instead, they should be sealed to prevent further damage.