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Considerations For Face Brick Buildings
Brick is commonly used on older body corporate and strata buildings and was a popular choice for unit blocks built in Brisbane throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Face bricks refer to bricks that are not only made durable for construction purposes but have a smoother finish than your typical standard brick. These smoother design is purely for cosmetic purposes, to offer a higher quality finish to properties than using common bricks.
If you sit on a body corporate committee or manage a body corporate apartment complex predominantly made up of face brick, when it comes to external paintwork there are a few things to consider when looking for a body corporate painter.
1. Site assessment
2. Identifying any immediate issues with your property
During the assessment process, most body corporate painters have a good look around the property to find out the requirements for repainting. Some strata painters, including Surepaint, also offer a cost consulting service. This service involves one of our experienced body corporate experts undertaking a thorough inspection of your property to determine any immediate issues with your building.
We typically find that most issues relate to rust or water damage for older brick strata buildings. At Surepaint, we can undertake any cosmetic repairs that we identify. We recommend any repairs be completed as quickly as possible to help reduce any significant long-term damage to the property, which if left untreated could affect your building’s structure. If we identify any significant issues that might affect the structural integrity of your property, we can recommend a qualified tradesperson to assist with the work. For example, concrete spalling needs immediate attention, and any work needs to be carried out by a tradesperson with a specific licence for concrete spalling repairs.
3. Colour selection
Given the majority of your body corporate building is face brick, there may not be very many areas of your property that require external painting. However, it’s still important to select the right colour to add value to your strata complex. Our strata painters are specialists in offering guidance on the type of paint that best suits your property and the colour selection. Having a predominant brick surface, you’ve got lots of options to choose from as most colours work well with brick. Another important consideration is your window frames. If these are powder-coated, you won’t usually need to repaint these, and we can offer a cleaning service to bring them back to as new.
When selecting colours, we recommend looking for options that complement your window frames. You can also consider your roof’s colour. Our free colour visualisation service can help you work out the best colour scheme for your body corporate building. In addition, we offer a digital overlay service that works by comparing two photos of your property side by side. The first image shows your existing building as is. The second image overlays the new colour scheme to the building to visualise what it will look like and help you decide what colours to choose. A side-by-side comparison can be helpful when deciding on a colour scheme as a body corporate committee.
In terms of the type of paint used, we recommend using acrylic-based paint that can help protect your metal surfaces from UV rays. Acrylic paints also don’t include ammonia, which can react badly with aluminium. No ammonia is particularly important for painting on metal areas like balcony railings which are typical on older style body corporate brick face unit blocks.
Depending on what areas of your body corporate complex require repainting, you may want to select a darker colour that can reduce the visibility of dirt, for example, on gutters. You may also want to consider choosing lighter colours for downpipes. Darker colours can show watermarks easily which can make your property look dated.
4. Roof painting
Another consideration when repainting your body corporate building is whether or not your roof needs to also be repainted. Given the roof of a strata building spends a lot of time exposed to harsh UV rays from the sun and Queensland storms, it’s essential to look after your roof. A newly painted roof can keep your property looking fresh. Updating your roof is even more important if you’re repainting other areas of your building and want the entire property to look its best.
We can paint tiled, and corrugated metal roofs and our body corporate painters have years of experience painting roofs. As with any other paint project related to strata buildings, we can inspect your building and provide a quote to assess the work that needs to be done. This assessment includes costs, the timeframes you’re working towards, and how we can best accommodate these. We’ll also discuss site and height access requirements to successfully deliver the project with minimal intrusion to residents.
When selecting the paint for your body corporate roof, we offer specialised roof paints that are durable and long-lasting. We also ensure that we set up the site to fully protect any areas not being painted to keep them clean and avoid any mess. Like all our strata paint projects, our roof painting comes with a 10-year guarantee. In addition, we follow strict quality control processes to provide you with a high-quality finish that can enhance the value of your body corporate building.
5. How to access your property
One of the most significant issues any body corporate painter faces when starting a strata project is ensuring good access to the site. Due to the size and layout of many apartment complexes, it can sometimes be challenging to work out the best setup for your site to safely reach all the necessary areas of the building for painting.
We typically organise either scaffolding or a mechanical lift to access strata residential buildings. The option we choose depends on the specific project. For example, we consider how much room is available, how many areas require painting, whether the surface can handle the weight of a mechanical lift, etc. We work closely with body corporate committees, managers, and on-site managers to ensure we communicate any impacts on access for residents. We want to make sure that all residents are advised before we turn up on-site to start the project.
6. Set up costs
For many multi-storey body corporate buildings, the cost to set up the site can significantly impact the overall quote. For example, many face brick body corporate unit complexes are two to four storeys. These body corporate buildings require scaffolding or a mechanical boom lift to reach the areas that need to be repainted. When we work with body corporate committees of face brick buildings, we clearly explain that the setup can mean a higher quote than they might have expected.
The reason for the cost is that even though the paint job itself may only take a few days, setting up scaffolding or renting mechanical lifts for large projects can be expensive. We may also have to hire additional scaffolding depending on the size of the project. When engaging a body corporate painter for your brick body corporate complex, it’s essential to be aware of these considerations. At Surepaint, we will always be transparent with our fees and provide an itemised quote so you can see exactly what we charge.
We Help You Choose The Perfect
By working with Surepaint, our team of skilled professionals can help you choose the perfect colour scheme for your body corporate property.
You can have total peace of mind with our unique colour selection process by taking advantage of our colour consultants and digital overlay experts.
Take a look at the below digital overlay we did for a client. This is not a finished product but rather a digital rendering of the committees colour choices.
Why use Surepaint™?
Learn about how we accomodate all different types of projects and customers with our body corporate painting approach
Our specialist body corporate painters in Brisbane understand how complex body corporate projects can be. We regularly work with body corporate managers, committees and onsite managers and know what our clients expect. We work closely with clients in all aspects, including planning, color selections, production and scheduling our body corporate painting works to minimize disruptions to tenants and residents. Our experience managing small and large-scale projects helps us deliver quality outcomes on time and budget.
We understand that body corporate committees and managers require a quick response when urgent jobs arise on strata properties. Therefore, we aim to prioritize our service for our body corporate clients and resolve any issues as soon as possible.
We understand how important it is for our body corporate clients to minimise any disruption and inconvenience to residents. We work closely with managers and body corporate committees to plan our projects for minimal disruption. We spend a lot of time preparing for site set-up to maintain easy access to buildings for residents wherever possible.
Our Quality Guarantee
Our experienced team are all focused on delivering high-quality projects. When it comes to body corporates, we understand the importance of a professional finish to maintain the long-term investment of the property. We can help identify and resolve issues that may affect the property’s value. We recommend high-quality products and use best practice techniques.
Our experience working with small and large-scale body corporate managers means that we understand the importance of meeting specific regulations of individual property charters and adhering to the rules about how particular properties need to be presented. We offer a 10-year warranty on external strata painting, and our insurance means you’re fully covered in the event of any issues.
We understand that there can be many people involved when working on body corporate projects. Given our experience, we aim to work closely with all parties and keep everyone updated with the project’s progress. We aim to manage the expectations of everyone involved, keeping residents, body corporate committees and managers updated on progress without compromising quality standards.
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