If you own a business, you undoubtedly put a great deal of time, money and effort into creating your company’s brand. Part of this, of course, is the way your shop looks to customers. Regrettably, those with too much time on their hands may decide to vandalize your building, parking lot, signs or landscaping.
Not only does graffiti make your business look shabby, but it may also cause customers to believe your shop is unsafe or unsanitary. Consequently, removing graffiti promptly and completely is likely to be your paramount concern.
The cost of paint removal
Most graffiti artists use spray paint as their medium of choice. The cost to remove paint from your building may depend on the following factors:
- The underlying surface
- The paint coverage
- The graffiti’s location
- The cleaning method
Professional graffiti remediators may use detergent, high-pressure water, steam or a sandblaster to remove spray paint and restore your building’s appearance. For budgeting purposes, you should plan to pay between $1.00 and $3.50 per square foot plus a service charge, although your actual removal costs may be considerably higher.
The cost of building repairs
Sometimes, removing graffiti causes damage or discoloration to a building’s exterior. If this happens to your business, your restoration costs may skyrocket. After all, you may have to pay for new siding, paint or landscaping. You may also incur an additional cost to add an anti-graffiti coating to your building.
While removing graffiti from your business is likely to be expensive, you probably have little choice. Ultimately, depending on the language of your insurance policy, you may be able to file a claim to help you defray your out-of-pocket costs.