New Jersey’s condo communities and homeowner associations might vary in their architectural styles, but over time every exterior—from suburban vinyl siding to turn-of-the-century urban brick—experiences exterior wear due to the elements and the simple passage of time. As years go by, most facades and exterior surfaces will begin to lose their luster and require occasional deep-cleanings, with regular maintenance to keep things looking good in between.
“Exhaust causes a serious problem and creates a layer of soot,” says Ed Talmo, president of Graffiti Control Specialists/Enviro-Northeast in Highland Lakes. “Jet fuel can even be a problem if you’re near an area where there’s an airport.”
Carbon is the major contributing factor on most dirty buildings.
“Carbon and everything from smog to dust affect exteriors,” says Raymond G. Saleeby, president and CEO of Remco Maintenance, LLC in Long Island City. “It’s worse on the lower levels of a building than the higher levels because carbon is heavier than air.” Also, rain patterns can create unsightly smears and streaks on everything from glass to stucco.
Regular Maintenance and Cleaning
Dirt, grime and graffiti not only look terrible but they can also present problems for your building or HOA that go beyond aesthetics.