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.