Graffiti Removal Is Easy When You Hire CertaPro Painters®
Graffiti is more than a mere aesthetic inconvenience. In fact, according to the New York State police, graffiti costs American communities more than $8 billion a year in decreased property values and lost business. Perhaps worst of all? It “sends the message that nobody cares about the community.” The takeaway is clear for both residential and commercial properties looking to keep vacancy rates in check: Graffiti has to go.
Unfortunately, many property managers fail to realize the importance of hiring a professional commercial painting contractor to handle the task of graffiti removal. Here’s a closer look at why this matters, along with several graffiti prevention tips aimed at helping you keep your property graffiti-free.
Why Hire a Professional Commercial Painting Contractor
While graffiti is an unfortunate fact of life for property managers, it doesn’t have to make a lasting impression.
Graffiti can be found on all types of surfaces, including everything from brick and stone to wood and glass. In other words, if it’s relatively flat, a graffiti “artist” can leave his mark. So while dealing with graffiti by painting over it or busting out the power washer may seem like straightforward solutions, the reality is that many variables are involved in effective and cost-efficient graffiti removal.
Enter CertaPro Painters®. These experienced professionals can quickly assess the type of exterior substrate on which the graffiti appears in order to determine suitable graffiti-removal products and techniques. After all, what works best on vinyl siding may be very different from what works best on brick.
And because professional commercial painting contractors have unparalleled expertise when it comes to graffiti removal, property managers gain the assurance that the job will be done right when they do business with CertaPro®.
Graffiti Prevention Tips
Finding graffiti on your residential or commercial building can be frustrating and demoralizing, but there are some things you can do to make your property a less-desirable target for vandals whose weapon of choice is a can of aerosol paint.
For starters, remove graffiti immediately. Its whole point is to be seen, and rapid removal eliminates opportunities for viewing, thereby rendering it pointless.
Additionally, certain surfaces are more “graffiti-friendly” than others. For example, plain, smooth surfaces and light hues are easier for graffiti artists to work with than dark, rough surfaces. CertaPro Painters® can offer suggestions as to which surfaces are most likely to attract graffiti artists and which are likely to send them looking for a better “canvas” for their work.
Good lighting can also be a deterrent for graffiti artists; After all, they’re less likely to strike if they’re more likely to be caught.
Lastly, while you can’t always prevent graffiti, you can ensure optimal outcomes should it happen to your property. Anti-graffiti coatings offer a proactive response, which trims both cost and cleanup. Our pick? Sherwin-Williams’ Pro-Industrial Anti-Graffiti repellent. When applied to a range of substrates, this clear, non-sacrificial coating creates a non-stick surface. If and when graffiti does occur, it simply washes off via hand wiping or a power washer — with no need for abrasives, chemical cleaning, or repainting. In addition to complying with strict VOC regulations, weather-resistant Pro-Industrial Anti-Graffiti is also a uniquely permanent solution: After one brush-on, roll-on or spray-on application, it lasts through countless graffiti removals for savings of up to 50 percent.
While graffiti is an unfortunate fact of life for property managers, it doesn’t have to make a lasting impression. Contact the CertaPro Painters® team today to learn more about our graffiti management products and services.