Commercial Exterior Designs: Trends to Take Your Business to New Heights

With a bigger focus than ever before being put on small businesses and businesses staying in the community, commercial areas need to do all they can to help retain tenants and attract new ones. At the same time, businesses also need to be working on ways to attract clients or just improve their community image.  And while there’s a lot to be said for things like location and building size for bringing in a new business, there’s also a lot to be said for the style and appearance of the building as well. A well-maintained building that requires less upkeep over all, helps improve energy efficiency, and has personality and style is one people can feel good about, whether they’re working their or just stopping by.

Fiber Cement Siding

A well-maintained exterior can have a big impact on how someone perceives the business inside. That’s why so many commercial spaces are turning toward fiber cement siding for their exteriors. Fiber cement siding and architectural panels are extremely low maintenance. They don’t peel, chip, or fade in the sun, so no matter what color you paint your building, it will continue to look great year after year. No scraping and repainting to try to maintain the style, and no worrying about a run-down exterior that could turn people away.

Fiber cement also comes in a wide range of different styles, so it’s easy to find one that matches the brand you’re working with. For example, create a contemporary facade with architectural panels and trim, or get a more rustic look with a shiplap install of horizontal or  vertical siding in a wood-look stain. Either way, the color and style will remain the same year after year, so you can worry about other things instead.

Another advantage of fiber cement sidings is that they are easy to insulate, making your buildings more energy efficient. And there are few companies these days who don’t take the thought of lower energy bills seriously when considering their location.

Architectural Roofing

While most people aren’t looking at the roof of a commercial building, it’s generally known that it’s there, and that it’s an important part of the building. The roof helps protect the building – and its interiors – from the elements, and plays a big role in how energy efficient the building is.

For a long time, the roof wasn’t considered as important as it truly is, however. Times are changing, though, and now tenants are putting a lot of stock in how well the roof performs, as well as how it looks in conjunction with the rest of the exterior. That’s why many people are putting so much stock in architectural roofing.

There are several types of architectural roofing out there, many of which are designed to be low maintenance, energy efficient, and attractive as well. Metal roofs, such as the popular standing seam roof, are one option for more contemporary buildings. Standing seam roofs are long lasting and require little in the way of maintenance.

Architectural asphalt shingles are also gaining in popularity for more traditional building exteriors. These heavy-duty roof shingles are made to look more like stone or wood, so they have a more organic appearance. They’re much more durable than traditional asphalt shingles, however, requiring less maintenance and less repairs overall.

Regardless of what type of roofing material you invest in, make sure you take the time to insulate beneath the roof deck while you have it installed. Insulating your roof deck can help improve the energy efficiency of the building, preventing heat transfer between the building and the roof, which can keep the building cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Insulation in this area can also help prevent leaks, and stop deterioration of the roof due to excessive heat, which can help prolong its lifespan.

Better Colors

It’s a fact: Better colors attract better business regardless of the setting. Color plays an important role in how people feel about a building or a business, so a lot of thought needs to go into choosing the color of the building’s exterior. There are two schools of thought on choosing your color scheme:

Branding – If you have colors associated with your business, and those colors have been associated with your business long enough to be instantly recognizable, incorporating them into your exterior design can help attract more business.

Comfort – If you aren’t associating your exterior with your business colors, consider exterior colors that resonate with people. For example, warm colors are thought to be comfortable, while blues are soothing. Match the color of your exterior with what you want people to feel as they enter to help bring them in.

Update Your Exteriors

Whether you’re a commercial building owner looking for new tenants, or you’re a business owner hoping to increase trade, your building exteriors can play a big role. New exteriors that look well-kept and business branded can help drive more trade, while energy efficiency and low-maintenance materials can help keep tenants and help keep building costs down. Update your exteriors today to start reaping the benefits tomorrow.