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What Is RIGHT with This Photo? A Lot!

posted May 19, 2016, 8:08 AM by Diane Maimone   [ updated May 19, 2016, 8:15 AM ]

While Presto Restoration Products & Services is a high-rise building restoration company that performs glass, metal, stone/precast restoration, protection, caulking and waterproofing nationwide. We are an Atlanta-based company so we have had the opportunity to perform many restoration projects in Downtown Atlanta, as well as many other nationwide locations in the last 24 years.


BACK TO THE PHOTO:  To the RIGHT, you will see a "before and after" demonstration of the work we are doing on the Georgia Aquarium, cleaning the exterior façade.


To the LEFT and CENTER, more of our clients' properties include The CNN Center, Omni Hotel and Embassy Suites.


Interesting enough, while Presto cleaned and sealed the precast on the Omni Hotel in 2008, notice how it STILL looks great after using Presto'sLeachStop sealer.  Eight years later and counting, the precast remains stain-free. Presto is proud to provide restoration and protection service for these high-profile property clients. Let us add your property to our valued restoration and protection clients today. Visit www.PrestoRestore.com or call   1-800-693-1228.

I CLIMBED THE FLAGPOLE AT TURNER FIELD!

posted May 12, 2016, 10:30 AM by Diane Maimone

For the third time in two decades, the management at Turner Field in Atlanta, Georgia called Presto for repairs at the top of their flag pole. This flagpole sits on top of the Coca-Cola sign and it is nearly 300 foot in the air. Nowadays, we refer such small projects but what made it more complicated is they called me on a weekend with an emergency service to be done on Monday morning before a big game. The only issue was all of our team was working the night shift restoring the Georgia Aquarium and I didn't want split up my staff for such a small yet important project. So, I decided I was going to do it myself. Yes, that's right, the CEO of the company climbed that pole and got the job done. 

Why did I do it? For a few reasons:

1. To help out a long time customer, The Braves, Turner Field & Turner Properties.

2. To show my team that I would never ask anyone to do something that I wasn't willing to do myself. 

3. To personally overcome the mental and physical challenge.

4. Because it was downright exciting! I've never felt so alive as when I got off that pole and for the rest of the day. Will I do it again in the future? Probably not but I proved my point and got the job done for our client.

Turner Field is slated to move locations five months from now so this will likely be the last time the Presto team hugs that flag pole for the Braves at Turner Field. Farewell old friend... lots of good memories at that Stadium.

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Thanking Our Many Clients for 24 Years in Exterior High-Rise Cleaning, Restoration & Protection

posted Mar 19, 2016, 3:19 PM by Judah Clark   [ updated Mar 19, 2016, 3:19 PM ]


We are proud to announce that Presto Restoration Products & Services is celebrating it's 24th year. We began our journey as a commercial retail window cleaning company in 1992 and now we have our own line of commercial restoration products which are sold internationally. We perform restoration and preservation services of exterior architectural building surfaces such as glass,metalstone, as well as waterproofing nationally. Presto's products, services andwarranties are unsurpassed and our recommended methods insure our clients will never need to restore their buildings again.

Many thanks to all our clients who have entrusted their building restoration projects to Presto over the years.

To celebrate our 24th year, we have posted a few hundred photos on our website of our amazing staff over the years. Click here to view some of our unique photos from our perspective... the top of high-rise buildings!

The picture above is of one of our staff climbing the flag pole at Turner Field in Atlanta Georgia over a decade ago.

The #1 Misused Precast Sealer: Silane

posted Mar 11, 2016, 12:59 PM by Diane Maimone   [ updated Mar 16, 2016, 9:20 AM by Monika Clark ]


Over the years at Presto Restoration Products & Services, we have witnessed countless commercial buildings with precast sealed with silane. This material performs poorly, causes stains on glass and metal surfaces and is harmful to the environment. Unfortunately, the water repellent most commonly used today to seal architectural stone consists of 40% solid content silane. In our experience, 40% silane is one of the least effective product options available for vertical precast surfaces, especially when flush-mounted windows are present. 

It is also important to understand the disadvantages of applying silane so informed choices can be made regarding the right product to protect precast:

  • Silane is an organic oil that is UV and heat-sensitive - When the atmospheric elements connect with silane-protected surfaces, their molecules degrade and leach out of the building materials, decreasing the protection on the surface and causes stains on adjacent architectural surfaces.
  • Stone is a breathable, porous material - Stone surfaces that are protected by silane are still breathable and allow the molecules to exit the stone material freely. However, after the stone is heated by the sun and cooled again, it breathes allowing moisture and silane oils that have not bonded with the stone’s silica to leach out and reside on other building surfaces. Then it absorbs dry, airborne materials such as dust and dirt that are also made of silica. This triggers the reaction that causes the silane to turn into a resinous, repellent material on unintended surrounding surfaces. This is a major cause of hard-water stains, the worst type of stain on glass. 
  • Surfaces sealed with silane materials offer poor surface protection - Water is allowed to penetrate the surface of the “protected” stone immediately, causing contact with the stone. Under the surface, the stone is protected; however on a high-rise building, it is more important to consider the protection – and appearance – of the outermost layer of the stone material.
  • Silane is organic and breaks down rapidly, attracting pollutants that eventually wash down the building - This waste collects around the base of the building where it resides in high concentrations, often near public seating and eating areas.
  • Building sealed with silane need to be recleaned and sealed every 2 to 3 years while building sealed with LeachStop don't need to be cleaned for at least 10 years.

So What Is the Alternative?  

High performance silicone precast protection hardens to a silicone caulking like material that takes far longer to break down than silane and thus last much longer for protecting your building. Presto's LeachStop.®  is a more suitable material, has superior surface protection, last 10 times as long and doesn't cause stains on architectural surfaces, as a matter of fact its designed to help to prevent them by preventing erosion of the precast surface. This product is highly ultraviolet-resistant, repels water, as well as oil and many types of environmental staining. Learn more about Leach Stop® and its superior results for your building and our environment.

Why Use Protective Treatments After Restoration?

posted Mar 4, 2016, 9:04 AM by Judah Clark   [ updated Mar 16, 2016, 9:16 AM by Monika Clark ]

We were asked by a client whether it was important to use protective treatments after the restoration process.  While we are well aware of the many benefits stemming from the addition of protective treatments to a recently restored surface, it is apparent that some industry professionals are still questioning their usefulness.  It follows that protective treatments are probably more important to a restoration project than you may think. In fact, there are many benefits to applying protective treatments after the restoration process.
 
The most important benefit would most likely be protecting the restoration investment. After a costly restoration of glass, metal, or stone, the application of a protective treatment helps to ensure that the restoration is never required again. This has far reaching positive consequences for the clients checkbook, the environment, the appearance of the building on a regular basis. 
 
The client, while paying more upfront, will save money in the long run because the building can be maintained instead of restored.  In reality, the addition of a protective treatment after restoration is a fraction of the cost of the actual restoration service, especially while the service company is already mobilized, and accessing the very area in which the protective treatment is to be applied. This benefits the service company as well since the additional work brings in increased gross revenue for the project.
 
The environment will benefit due to the fact that less cleaning chemicals will be washed down the outside of the building. Since protective treatments help water run down the building instead of soaking into the stone, the building stays cleaner for longer, which helps both the property owner and the reputation of the service company who performed the restoration. 
 
As you can see this is a definite victory for both the building owner and the restoration company.
 
We offer protective treatments for GlassMetal, and Stone

Extensive Restoration Project Completed of the North American Mission Board Building

posted Mar 4, 2016, 8:02 AM by Judah Clark   [ updated Mar 16, 2016, 9:16 AM by Monika Clark ]


September 2015, Presto Restoration Products & Services completed an extensive glass, metal and precast restoration project of the North American Mission Board (NAMB) in Alpharetta, Georgia. The entire building’s exterior surface, including glass, metal and precast concrete was restored and protected using Presto's uniquely designed product line. Nearly 8 miles of caulking was replaced using Dow Corning 757 SMS silicone caulking a unique silicone caulking that reduces residue rundown and substrate staining. The building’s glass, metal and precast surfaces were restored and protected as well and covered the distance of two football fields.

Many high-rise buildings are constructed similarly and the windows are typically cleaned in a traditional manner every six months only to develop stains on the glass, metal and precast surfaces within a couple of years after construction. By maintaining the building’s exterior with Presto Restoration Products, the NAMB building can preserve its original appearance and will prevent unnecessary and expensive restoration services from ever being performed again, if maintained properly.

After over a decade of continued use and testing, case-study after case-study proves that Presto’s protective treatments and maintenance process allow building facades to remain stain-free.

The following services were performed using the following products:

Services Performed

Product Used

Window Glass RestorationGlass Resurfacer Final Polish 
Window Glass ProtectionGlass Defender Primer + HD
Precast CleaningStone Restoration Products
Precast Sealing Using SiliconeStone Restoration Procducts
Anodized Aluminum Window Frame RestorationMetal ReSurfacer
Anodized Aluminum Window Frame ProtectionMetal Protector HD
Silicone Caulking All JointsDow Corning 756 SMS

Why Is Presto’s Process So Effective?

There are 4 major differences in Presto Restoration Products & Services’ system versus common industry standard services that help prevent stains from developing on the exterior surfaces:
  • Presto uses high-performance inorganic silicone sealer on precast, Most providers use organic silane or siloxane sealers that quickly break down compromising the surface protection and allows leaching from the failed sealer, as well as minerals from precast erosion onto adjacent surfaces.
  • Presto uses newly-developed high-performance inorganic silicone sealers that last 2-3 times longer for glass and metal surfaces and prevents stains for decades.
  • Presto recommends only deionized water for exterior window cleaning. Many exterior building maintenance companies use dish soap and tap water, which adds to the staining problem
  • Presto recommends Dow Corning 756 SMS Caulking, which is designed to reduce the run down of stains and can last up to 20 years. Many companies use a lower performing caulking that leaches oils onto adjacent surfaces and will not withstand staining or contributes to staining.
Additionally, the Presto Restoration Products & Services’ Team will continue to monitor the building’s resistance to the elements to ensure its products are performing as expected for years to come.

If you have a large commercial building that has exterior staining on glass, metal or precast/stone, needs waterproofing or caulking, visit this link to fill out or Request for Proposal form, call us at 1-877-329-0472 

Is Your Building Green In More Ways Than One?

posted Mar 4, 2016, 7:58 AM by Judah Clark   [ updated Mar 4, 2016, 7:59 AM ]


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Restoration Project Completed for Hampton & Hilton Hotels, in Charlotte, North Carolina

posted Mar 4, 2016, 7:55 AM by Judah Clark   [ updated Mar 16, 2016, 9:22 AM by Monika Clark ]


September 2015, Presto Restoration Products and Services completed an extensive cleaning and waterproofing project for the Hampton and Hilton Hotels located in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. It was completed in combination with interior renovations, and due to space constraints in loading areas, had to be carefully coordinated. Additionally, the project required special consideration to the local homeowners in the residential towers situated between the two hotels. Presto insured that cars and personal property would be properly stored and protected during the cleaning process so product residue would not affect them.

Presto used a superior product called Stone Restore CB2, designed to remove heavy biological staining. This solution was applied to clean the two buildings’ entire exterior as well as the numerous ledges on the building. Dow Corning Silicone caulking was installed at the window perimeters and control joints for both properties. Due to years of water penetration of the exterior insulation and finishing system (EIFS) material, patching and waterproof coatings were applied in several areas in order to carefully match the existing facade.

This project was completed over a period of three months and the property management and guests were more than pleased with the outcome.

To view more projects completed by Presto Restoration Products & Services, visitwww.prestopropertyservices.com.

If you need budget numbers for a commercial exterior building restoration, cleaning or protection project, call 1-800-693-1228 to speak with an expert or complete a “Request a Proposal” form on our website.

Q: Why does our building's appearance look so poor even though we do regular maintenance?

posted Mar 4, 2016, 7:53 AM by Judah Clark   [ updated Mar 4, 2016, 7:54 AM ]


A: Long story short, soap scum. Surprisingly, the industry standard for window cleaning causes staining on a building's exterior. The culprit is dish soap and tap water. Dish soap consists mostly of an oily petroleum which attracts contaminants in the environment and "glues" them to all exterior building surfaces.

What Happens Next? When windows are cleaned using dish soap and tap water, this soapy mixture is scrubbed onto the glass then squeegeed off onto the metal frames and stone surfaces below along with the dirt. This dirty mixture then dries and the next time it rains, it redissolves and further washes down the building and onto your clean glass! Fortunately, there is a solution.

Learn more about Presto's revolutionary products and process to restore and maintain your building's surface to a like-new appearance. Download this brochure, contact us at 1-877-329-0472

Delicate Stone Restoration Project Completed In Puerto Rico by Presto

posted Mar 4, 2016, 7:48 AM by Judah Clark   [ updated Mar 4, 2016, 7:49 AM ]

Presto was contacted to develop a scope of work for cleaning The Old Scotia Bank Building in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The building's envelope is comprised of marble travertie panels. This beautiful building material suffered from decades of neglect and had serious black staining on the majority of the surface. Furthermore, local contractors had damaged a nearby building containing the same stone material during a previous restoration service. Presto's task was to find a way to clean the sensitive material without damaging it, and find a suitable protective treatment to preserve the finish after restoration.

The Presto Team tested several methods of restoration using both chemical and mechanical approaches. While mechanical approaches produced beautiful results, the cost to resurface the material would prove much higher than chemical cleaning and not in the budget. Presto's uniquely-designed product Stone Restore CB2 produced perfectly clean results without altering the surface of the stone, and the cost of this method of restoration was in line with the owner's budget.

After the cleaning process, Presto's LeachStop which was applied after testing and showed an impressive ability to waterproof the surface of the stone. View a video of Presto Restoration Products & Services work on this project: Click here.

If you have a building with a stone, metal or glass exterior that needs attention such as maintenance, restoration and protection, visit our website to complete the Request A Proposal form. We will be sure and contact you within 24 hours to discuss your project and let Presto return your building 's surface to a like-new appearance. If you have questions, contact us at 1-800-693-1228.

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