From retail to restaurants, it is vital that the exterior of your business looks inviting and well-kept as this will attract a multiplicity of customers to walk through your door. Although renovations may initially seem costly and time-consuming, they can certainly pay off; giving your business perhaps a much-needed facelift. With the increasingly competitive field of the high street, having a business exterior that stands out amongst other competitors is vital for longevity.
However, who should you call if you want to have your business exterior revamped? From building contractors to roofers and exterior decorators, none of these could do their job without commercial scaffolding erection. Commercial scaffolding hire is catered specifically to businesses, offering a specialist service that accommodates to the business owners needs. For example, unlike domestic scaffolding, commercial scaffolding may intrude onto public thoroughfares like busy streets, so it will need to be constructed differently.
Choosing a trusted commercial scaffolding hire company is key to having your needs, high safety standards and other considerations met. Below, we take a closer look at how a commercial scaffolding hire company is an asset with business renovations.
Commercial scaffolding can help businesses of all shapes and sizes
In comparison to domestic scaffolding, commercial scaffolding can accommodate to businesses of all shapes, sizes and building types. This is because commercial properties can come in a large range of architectural variation than the average domestic property, meaning that commercial scaffolding needs to be adaptable.
Infact, many businesses like banks, art galleries, public schools, bars, restaurants and retail are in grade listed and historic buildings, meaning that maintenance renovations need to be carried out with precision and to a high standard. With this in mind, scaffolding can be erected which isn’t bolted onto the building, meaning that the building’s exterior is not damaged.
On commission of a project, commercial scaffolding companies will design a bespoke scaffolding structure that will fit the dimensions and requirements of the business. From this, they can help build a quote of how much scaffolding will cost and they will determine what kind of scaffolding you need.
There are a range of options of scaffolding available from temporary scaffolds to permanent structures. For example, if you are just repainting a shop sign, you may only need a temporary and portable scaffold structure. However, if you are repainting the whole building, adding new windows or building an extension, a long term structure will be needed.
Can help increase the layout and space of business
Having commercial scaffolding made for your business renovation extends the amount and type of renovations you can have performed rather than hindering them. For instance, if the scaffolding is erected primarily for window installation, why not get the business exterior painted too? Or, if you are having your roof fixed, why not see if you can have your business extended and made bigger?
Commercial scaffolding allows you to safety and flexibly make the adjustments and renovations to your business as you desire. For instance, it can help support the business’ structure as you either build another floor or another room.
Increasing the space and, consequently, the layout of your business will have a range of benefits. Not only does it signify that your business is successful and expanding, but also it will allow you to hire more employees, creating a more comfortable working environment, add recreational spaces, and add more meeting rooms.
Improving the exterior of a businesses’ building has a range of benefits
Commercial scaffolding hire allows you to improve your business’ exterior. A worthy investment, improving your business’ exterior, whether just an office space or hotel, offers a range of benefits.
Improving your business exterior is one of the best ways to attract customers, clients, potential employees and build a brand. In this day and age, one of the best ways to attract customers is through the use of free marketing tools like Instagram. For example, ‘instagrammable’ interiors and exteriors will prompt customers, clients and employees to take a photo and share on social media, creating positive rapport and a buzz for your brand. Some of the most famous examples of these are the bakeries Peggy Porschen Cakes and the Biscuiteers in London.
As the saying goes, ‘first impressions count’ and with a stunningly chic and well-presented shop exterior or office, this is certainly where it applies. Having a well-presented exterior indicates to clients, customers, and potential employees that you work to a high standard, you have high-quality products to sell and you are successful. In retail, this could prompt for customers to shop there often as with the boom of e-commerce offering a valuable in-person shopping experience is important. For offices, a well-kept exterior could allow you to secure potential investors or new clients.
There are a range of ways you can improve the exterior of your offices, retail business, hotel or restaurant. If in an urban area, why not have a spray-painted mural, or have it painted in a crisp pastel hue? Alternatively, if you just want to spruce up the space rather than make the statement, you could have your windows cleaned and the stones pressure-washed.
What’s more, once the scaffolding is erected and you are having the exterior of your business improved, the contractors could also identify any structural issues that need repairing or just some TLC. Therefore, the safety of your exterior could potentially be improved too. A tired, dilapidated and business exterior that is falling apart is never going to be attractive.
Properties of reputable commercial scaffolding services
Once you have decided that commercial scaffolding hire can benefit your business in a range of ways, now it comes to finding the right scaffolding business. In fact, finding the right scaffolding services can actually improve the renovations that are taking place. Below, we indicate the importance of finding the right scaffolding company, and how to spot the best.
AccreditationsA hallmark for a business’ success, accreditations like the Scaffolding Association, the National Access and Scaffolding Confederation, and Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme will prove to the customer that their business’ practises have been tested and approved to a high code of conduct. Choosing an accredited company will not only give you peace of mind that the work carried out will be of a high standard, but it also is a third-party organisation that you can take up any complaints with.
TestimonialsSimilarly to accreditations, positive testimonials and recommendations are more valuable than ever in finding a reputable business. If you are hiring a company for a service, you want to be assured that you can trust them to perform it well. Testimonials are a first-hand written experience from another customer, you can find them on their website, on google or by contacting the company.
ExperienceThere is nothing that can teach you more in life than first-hand experience, and if you are a business whose financial future will depend upon your renovations, then you should certainly choose a scaffolding company with years of experience under their belt. Especially a scaffolding company that has experience dealing with your kind of business, listed buildings the particular renovations you want to be performed.
SafetyCommercial scaffolding hire can pose a few health and safety risks if not assembled correctly. For instance, as it would be installed on a public building, the contractors and the general public would both potentially be at risk if the scaffolding was loose. With this in mind, you can pose certain threat to the public, however, a commercial scaffolding company with the qualities listed above would ensure that a safe installation would occur.
Minimum disruptionIf you are planning on minimal renovations, it is likely that your business will need to continue its day to day operations whilst the scaffolding is being installed and the renovations are taking place. With this in mind, you certainly don’t want the clanking and banging of installation to interrupt or hinder your staff’s productivity. An experienced commercial scaffolding company will understand this and will make sure that they cause minimum disruption to your day.
Sticks to deadlinesIf you are having major exterior renovations like for a hotel, restaurant or retail, then it is likely that you may have to temporarily close. However, especially if the renovations are designed to boost your business, you will know how important it is for deadlines to be strictly kept to and met. After all, time really is money! With this in mind, an experienced commercial scaffolding company will understand this, and will endeavour to make sure all deadlines are met in good time, so you can re-open without a hitch.
Rodells Ltd, Commercial Scaffolding Hire and Scaffolding Services in St Albans
If you are looking for an experienced commercial scaffolding service, then here at Rodells Ltd, we think we fit that requirement perfectly with over 120 years of experience in the trade. Located in Hertfordshire, we have a large scaffolding department fully equipped with high quality scaffolds and experts. We have worked with both domestic and commercial clients, understanding their needs and making sure we meet strict deadlines. So, no matter what renovation you are having performed, we can help.
Alongside our comprehensive scaffolding services, we can also offer temporary support systems, specialist works with Churches, rope access and steeple-jacks, and also we can offer your property lightning protection. To find out more, simply contact us today.
We all see scaffolding almost everyday, especially if you live in a city. But have you ever wondered where the idea of using scaffolding came from? Well, we’re going to take a quick look at where scaffolding all began and how it has developed over time.
The Start of Scaffolding
The truth about where scaffolding started is that we don’t entirely know, but what we do know, is that it was a long time ago. The earliest signs of scaffolding that we’ve found so far are over seventeen thousand years old.
We don’t exactly know what the scaffolding structures would have looked like, but there is evidence to suggest these did exist. Paleolithic cave paintings that were discovered in 1940 in Southern France show the earliest signs of scaffolding. Both the height of the cave paintings and sockets found in the wall suggest that some kind of early scaffolding system was used to achieve these ancient artworks.
Scaffolding structures were also used in more recognisable historic creations, notably the ancient Egyptians and Greeks famously using scaffolding for some of their grand structures that even stand still stand today. Testament to those who built them.
When we fast forward to the Victorian era, there was still no industry standard when it came to scaffolding sizes or even the materials that were used to create the scaffolding structures. Many used wood or even bamboo scaffolding structures, which are still commonly used across many countries around the world today.
Though, a scaffolding revolution was about to happen. In 1913, Daniel Palmer Jones invented a coupling system for scaffolding which led him down a path of invention. His creations led to a standardisation across the scaffolding industry. This helped to make working with scaffolding safer for all involved.
Scaffolding As We Know It
Nowadays, scaffolding is a regulated industry with standardised practices used to keep those using the scaffolding safe, as well as members of the general public. As it stands, all scaffolding in the United Kingdom must meet European Standards, something that we at Rodells, of course, adhere to.
Here at Roddells, we are a specialist works and access company that has operated since all the way back in 1898. We’re based in Hertfordshire providing scaffolding services and lightning protection, with a focus on high-quality and affordability. If you require our services, get in contact with our friendly and experienced team, who will help to find the perfect solution for you.
Have you ever sat through an epic thunderstorm and watched stunning bolts of lightning streak across the sky only to think “how does that work?” With over 100 bolts of lightning striking the earth every second on average, it’s likely you’ve seen this beautiful, yet deadly, natural display countless times before.
However, whilst this breathtaking natural phenomenon is constantly happening across the globe, you may be surprised to know that scientists still aren’t quite sure how it works - luckily, we’re slowly filling in the gaps.
The water cycleWhen it comes to understanding thunderstorms, it’s best to start with the water cycle. As water is evaporated by the sun, the subsequent vapour forms clouds thanks to condensation. Once enough water condenses, the water forms into droplets we know as rain and snow; the rainwater will then make its way back to the ocean.
It is within these rising and falling clouds of water vapour that lightning is both created and dispersed, meaning that areas with high precipitation and humidity levels are most affected by lightning strikes.
CollisionsWhilst scientists are not completely sure how huge charges of electricity are created in the atmosphere, there is a plausible explanation that many researchers ascribe to. As we now know, clouds are simply condensed water and ice evaporated from the world’s oceans. These clouds contain millions of water particles that are constantly rising and falling as evaporation and condensation continues.
Scientists believe that these droplets collide with each other, with the heavier condensed water knocking electrons from rising vapour as it falls. These knocked off electrons gather at the bottom of a cloud, creating a positive charge, while positively charged moisture builds at the top, creating a charge separation.
FreezingFreezing also plays an important role within scientists’ theory of lightning. As moisture reaches the upper regions of the cloud, it begins to freeze, giving it a positive charge while the unfrozen portions have a negative charge. By combining collisions and freezing within a cloud, enough charge is theoretically created to produce the vast amount of energy required for a lightning strike.
StrikesOnce an electric field has been produced thanks to the positive and negative charges within a cloud, the negative charge in the lower regions of the cloud begin to attract the positive charge built up in the ground below. Once the positive charge meets the negative, a lightning strike occurs.
Keep your building safe with Rodells Lightning protection servicesAlthough a lightning strike is a beautiful natural display, they can also be extremely dangerous both to people and structures. With Rodells lightning protection services, however, you can ensure your building remains safe.
Offering everything from tests and inspections to lightning rod installation, you can rest assured that Rodells will get the job done. For more information, visit our website or get in touch on 01727 841855.
Our temporary support team hard at work moving the Banksy Artwork in Shoreditch. The Artwork on the phone
Months of preparation went into getting the structure stable enough to cut out the piece and retain its shape. Alongside CDS Designs who helped design the structure to hold the Artwork, our team managed to safely move the artwork in one piece.
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Lightning is an incredible supernatural-looking natural phenomenon which has a certain air of mystery about it. Although recordings of the longest, strongest and biggest strikes have been taken over the years, the World Meteorological Organisation believes that there must be more extreme examples that have happened or are happening in nature, but we just haven’t recorded them.
Whilst we could speculate for hours about the most impressive lightning strikes in history, those that have been recorded are still pretty extraordinary. Here are some amazing lightning strike records in history.
The longest lightning boltThe longest lightning bolt in history- i.e. the furthest reported distance from end to end of a bolt- was a bolt that hit Oklahoma in June 2007, covering a remarkable horizontal distance of 321km (200 miles). This means that the bolt reached from almost one side of the state to the other and must’ve been quite the spectacle to see! Prior to this, the highest recording was only 32km long, so this mega-bolt in Oklahoma really has changed the way scientists and meteorologists understood lightning storms.
The longest lightning strikeNot long after Oklahoma, the record books were broken once again, but this time, for the longest lightning strike of all time. During a dramatic storm in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in southern France in 2012, a single strike lasted for an impressive 7.74 seconds, making it the longest reported duration of a continual lightning strike ever. Before this strike, it was believed that lightning couldn’t last longer than one second, so this storm truly shook meteorologists the world over.
The highest-current lightning strikeAll lightning strikes are dangerous and carry an extremely high current, however, the highest-current lightning bolt recorded was at a whopping 300,000 amps, and the highest estimated voltage was one billion volts. These monster-bolts tend to occur during positive cloud-to-ground lightning, yet, if you want to see some truly powerful lightning strikes, you’d have to go up into space. In 2009, the Cassini Spacecraft recorded super bolts on Saturn and Jupiter, which were 100 times brighter and up to 10,000 times more powerful than lightning on Earth.
The most lightning-struck locationIf you want to see an epic display of Mother Nature, you should visit Lake Maracaibo in Venezuela. This bay location on the Caribbean experiences an incredible 232.52 lightning flashes per square kilometre every year and storms happen almost nightly. The warm air off the lake meets with cool winds from the Andes, setting off an endless storm which is known as Catatumbo Lightning. Storms have been used by ships for navigation for centuries, and nowadays, tourists can even see the storms on local tour boats.
The most lightning strikes survivedWhen you think about being struck by lightning, you probably think that that’s it for you. Well, in most cases that is true, however, Roy Cleveland Sullivan, a park ranger in Virginia, defied the odds. He was struck by lightning an extraordinary seven times and survived every single strike. He earned the nickname ‘Human Lightning Rod’ and still holds the record to this day.
Here at Rodells, although we marvel at the incredible phenomenon that is lightning, we also understand its powerful and unforgiving nature. For this reason, we’re passionate about protecting our local community here in St Albans, as well as the wider nation, by using our quality lightning protection services. To find out more, get in touch with us today.
Lightning damage is a concern for landlords and facility managers all across the world. Every minute, there are more than a thousand thunderstorms around the Earth causing some 6,000 flashes of lightning. Generally, the UK experiences a low level of lightning activity in comparison to other countries across the globe, however, it does still pose a risk to lives and properties in Britain. This is why it is important that the legal requirements for lightning protection are met by all facility managers and landlords.
For centuries, lightning has interested, excited and yet terrified mankind. Bright flashes of light coupled with the roaring sounds of thunder were once believed to be a supernatural phenomenon in the realm of the gods, but today, we understand that lighting is an electric current, or a large-scale natural spark discharge.
There are different types of lightning: cloud to ground, cloud to cloud and within a single cloud, as well as rare variations such as ball and ribbon lightning. One lightning strike can exceed 100 million Volt-Amps, and can cause damage to the structure of a building as well as any electric and electronic equipment inside it. With our use and reliance on electronic equipment and gadgets increasing constantly, damage to electronic items caused by lightning has risen over the years.
In this article we discuss the buildings that rely on lightning protection and why they require such protection.
How does lightning protection work?Firstly, let’s take a brief look at how lightning protection works. The main function of a lightning protection system (LPS) is to protect a structure from damage caused by a lightning strike. Of course, there are no devices able to change natural weather phenomena, but there are some precautions people can take in order to reduce the damage caused by a lightning strike.
An LPS intercepts a lightning strike by providing a low-resistance path to ground for the lightning to follow and disperse. Without this path of low impedance to earth that allows the discharge to travel to the ground, lightning would follow paths of high resistance through a building’s structure, causing extensive damage.
Buildings that require lightning protectionBuildings most at risk of being struck by lightning are those on hilltops or hillsides, in isolated positions or at high altitudes, as well as tall towers and chimneys. While lightning protection is not a legal requirement for all buildings and structures, the requirements of the Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) will apply to most businesses.
Below we take a look at the buildings that need lightning protection.Historic BuildingsMany historic buildings were not constructed with lightning protection in mind. Historic buildings, including churches, museums, lighthouses, schools and factories, may be at unnecessary risk of damage or even loss as a result of a lightning strike, which is why it is important that they are protected.
Historic buildings need to be preserved and protected from lightning damage for a number of reasons. Not only do they have intrinsic value, but they are also reminders of a city’s culture and past, reflecting our history and helping us to understand people who lived in different eras with different traditions and habits.
The provision of an LPS depends on the type of historic building that needs to be protected. Whether or not a building needs to be protected is assessed against a series of factors, including the use, construction and location of the structure. Of course, the appearance of an LPS on a historic building can appear out of place and intrusive, which is why the choice of material used is important.
Tall BuildingsEvery year, our buildings in the UK get taller. As we build upwards, the risk of tall structures being struck by lightning increases and, of course, it is important that we safeguard these buildings against the deadly power of a lightning strike. Lightning will always take the path with the least electrical resistance; the tallest buildings have the shortest distance from the thundercloud to the ground, which is why they are more commonly struck.
In addition, many tall buildings are made from metal which conducts electricity very well. While lightning is unpredictable and can strike anywhere and at any time, it is common knowledge that taller buildings are more at risk.
So, how do we protect them? Protection for tall buildings against lightning strikes is often provided by the installation of a lightning rod. Instead of the top of the structure making contact with a lightning strike, the rod will instead become the point of initiation and intercept the lightning strike.SchoolsIn schools, hundreds of people, both teachers and students, congregate. There is also usually a large number of electrical equipment in schools - such as computers, printers, electronic whiteboards, power sockets, laboratory equipment and more. For the safety of lives, electronic items and the building, lightning protection is important in schools.
The largest number of lightning casualties occur in open spaces and therefore students on sports fields or in the playground may be at risk during a thunderstorm. Education authorities have the responsibility for the wellbeing of students and therefore lightning protection risk assessments are usually carried out by the local education authorities. Protection against lightning strikes in schools is subject to safety standard BS EN/IEC 63205.
In addition, there are some other considerations and situations in which lightning protection may be required. These include:
Other buildings that may require lightning protection include:
Does my business need to get in touch with lightning protection contractors?When it comes to the safety and protection of your business, you never want to compromise. While you may assume that the chances of your building being hit by lightning are zero, each year, hundreds of injuries are caused across the UK by lightning. As a business owner, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of your employees, as well as the building and electronic equipment housed inside. It is recommended that your business has a risk assessment carried out to determine whether or not you require lightning protection. In addition, if you think that you require an earthing system for your home, you should get in touch with an expert to discuss this.
Rodells: Your go-to for high-quality lightning arrestersSince 1898, Rodells have been installing and maintaining lightning protection systems on commercial, historic and ecclesiastical buildings, boasting a wealth of experience in designing and installing lightning protection for buildings of all sizes and shapes. All of our engineers are fully qualified and highly trained, as well as CITB registered, with a vast amount of experience in all lightning protection works.
Not only do we design and implement earthing and lightning protection systems, but we also specialise in the testing and inspection, as well as repair works and new installs. If you require a risk assessment for your building, you can rest assured that we are always compliant with BS EN 62305, and our installations are always completed to this standard.
To learn more about us and what we do, simply visit our website or get in touch today. We are able to contract works throughout the UK - Scotland, North of England and Wales by request.
Scott and Billys West Highland Way Walk
Two of our members of staff from our Scaffolding Department recently went on a 100 mile walk in aid for Help the Heroes. Scott and Bill aimed to walk from Glasgow to Fort William along the West Highland Way.
The walk also coincided with the 100 year anniversary of the end of World war II and was therefore a good
The West Highland Way stretches 96 miles from Milngavie to Fort William. The trail is beautiful and really highlights the Scottish Highlands has to offer from large parks to the loch's, open moorlands and steep mountains.
After 6 days they had found themselves in Fort William and completed their 100 mile walk. (Averages 16.67 Miles a day!!)
They managed to raise over £4,000 from the help of other staff and some of our suppliers.
Let’s face it, nature is a force to be reckoned with. Whether it’s tornadoes tearing up the countryside or hurricanes barrelling along the coastline, it’s never a good idea to underestimate the sheer power of the natural world.
Here in the UK, we’re relatively lucky when it comes to inclement weather. Although we can chat for hours about our infamously gloomy and rainy forecast, we rarely have to deal with what could be deemed truly extreme weather. However, that isn’t to say we don’t get our fair share of storms. Whether it’s Typhoon Brian or Hurricane Michael, the British Isles gets its fair share of thunderstorms causing havoc.
Of course, whenever there’s thunder, there’s lightning and here in the UK, it’s not uncommon to see flashes of bright electronic light streak across the sky. Yet, although beautiful and awe-inspiring to witness, lightning is a powerful force. Striking the earth at 270,000 mph and at a temperature five times hotter than the surface of the sun, lightning can cause a significant amount of damage to whatever or whoever it hits.
Indeed, with our buildings getting taller, the likelihood for a structure to be hit is becoming increasingly likely, causing a host of problems to unprotected buildings. Luckily, there are ways you can safeguard your premises from the awesome power of a lightning strike - installing a lightning conductor.
The damaging effects of lightning
It really cannot be understated how powerful even a single lightning strike can be to both the point of impact and the surrounding area. As friction builds within the clouds caused by rising and falling currents of air, the subsequent massive negative electrical charge it creates targets the positive ground below. This charge forms into a lightning strike, which will usually then hit a taller building due to it acting as a great conductor to the ground.
This can cause a variety of problems to buildings without adequate lightning protection installed. Obviously, the main concern is the hazard it can potentially cause to humans. Even if you’re inside a building, a structure that is not adequately protected does carry an inherent risk of electrocution.
However, the more likely issue that a building may face is to its electrical systems. A bolt of lightning can easily overload a building's electronics through a process known as transient overvoltage, which can cause a host of problems, from damaged equipment to a full shutdown of your operation, potentially costing you thousands in lost income.
With this in mind, it makes sense to have comprehensive lightning protection in place to ensure your personnel and your premises are safeguarded from the elements.
The science behind lightning conduction
One of the most efficient ways of minimising the devastating effects of lightning is to install a conductor. Originally discovered by Benjamin Franklin during his iconic kite in a thunderstorm experiment, a lightning conductor consists of a pointed metal rod fixed to the top of a building.
This rod is then connected to an extremely long piece of copper or aluminium wire which runs to a conductive grid buried underground in a safe spot nearby. Contrary to popular belief, a lightning rod doesn’t necessarily attract a thunderbolt, rather, it creates a path to the ground which offers the lowest resistance.
As the rod and the connected wire are excellent conductors, the energy contained within a lightning bolt is more easily diverted safely towards the ground, minimising the potential damage caused by the strike.
The lightning conduction installation process
Although a simple idea, a lightning rod needs to be installed properly in order for it to carry out its job effectively. A company that deals with lightning protection will have the skills, knowledge and resources to efficiently install a lightning rod for maximum protection, however, it can be useful to have an understanding of the process.
To begin with, a risk assessment will be taken to figure out which parts of the building are at particular risk of a lightning strike, such as electronic equipment and systems.
Next, the premises’ groundings will need to be ascertained before the installation can begin. Groundings are an essential part of lightning rod installation as it is what discharges the energy. For larger buildings, you’ll likely need multiple groundings in order to discharge the electricity effectively and they will need to be placed at opposing ends of the structure.
The lightning rods are then installed at regular intervals along the top of the building close to the roof edges. These are then connected to grounding points via a ground rod, completing the process.
Understanding the benefits lightning protectionAs a business owner, you may be wondering whether investing in comprehensive lightning protection is worth your time and money. However, with between 200,000 - 300,000 lightning strikes across the UK every year with the potential to cause havoc to your building, it’s definitely in your best interest.
First and foremost, every business should put the health and safety of their employees first. It’s likely that you have fire alarms and other safety protocols in place so it’s important to consider lightning safety as well.
A lightning strike can affect people in a variety of ways, not just through electrocution from the initial strike. Due to their extreme heat and power, it isn’t uncommon for buildings without necessary lightning protections in place to catch fire or to become damaged by a strike.
By investing in comprehensive lightning protection for buildings, however, you can drastically minimise the chance of injury to you and your employees. Specialists can undertake full risk assessments to discover any risk points on your premises and a quality lightning rod can also protect pedestrians in the surrounding area by discharging the electricity underground rather than across the floor.
Protect your electronics
Transient overvoltage is a genuine problem when it comes to your buildings electronics. Although lasting mere microseconds, a lightning bolt can send tens of kilovolts throughout your system, effectively frying anything it touches. Because of this, a well-placed lightning strike could end up costing you thousands in repairs and replacements, crippling your operation.
By installing a conductor, your electronic equipment remains safe from this costly effect, saving you a huge amount of money on repairs and minimising the chance of chaotic downtime.
Keep your premises protected from the elements with Rodells Ltd
A lightning storm can not only bring your business to a grinding halt but also poses a significant risk to you and your employees, so why take the risk? A quality lightning protection company can turn your premises from a hotspot for lighting-related accidents into a space completely protected from this awesome force of nature.
Here at Rodells Ltd, we understand and respect the power of lightning and its potentially devastating effects, which is why we offer our customers bespoke lightning protection services for ultimate peace of mind.
Whether you’re in need of quality lightning conduction installations, in-depth risk assessments or repair work to keep your building safe, our team of qualified professionals are on hand to ensure your needs are met.
However, our work doesn’t stop there. Since opening our doors in 1898 as a humble steeple-jacking company in Hertfordshire, we have expanded to offer a range of services, from lightning protection to scaffolding, and have a wealth of knowledge and experience to ensure the job gets done first time, every time.
If you would like to learn more about how your building could be better protected from the elements, visit our website or get in touch with our team on 01727 841855 to further discuss your requirements.
Flashes of lightning are stunning to look at, and many incredible photos of lightning strikes have been captured over the years. The Ancient Greeks believed that lightning was a sign from the king of the gods, Zeus, but of course there is a scientific explanation behind this natural phenomenon.
There are around 6,000 flashes of lightning happening every minute across the world, so if you want to know more about the science behind this weather, read on.
There are around 1,000 thunderstorms occurring at any given minute on earth, so the chances of spotting lightning are high depending on your location!
Thunderstorms are caused by the rapid rise and fall of currents of air, and the friction from this then leads to electrical charges building up within a cloud. Drops of water and ice carrying negative electrons then fall to a lower part of the cloud, which causes a build up of negative charge.
At the same time, a positive charge is building up near the top of the cloud, and these positive and negative charges seek to create pathways in order to reach each other and neutralise. Once contact is made, a spark forms which neutralises the charge, and these many sparks build to form lightning, as it hops between the positive and negatively charged areas.
The air around the negative charge rapidly heats up as it moves down, with sparks reaching a temperature of around 20,000 degrees Celsius. This extreme temperature heats up the surrounding air to create a shockwave, aka lightning.
Once the cloud’s negative charge has built up enough energy, it looks for a pathway to the positively charged ground below. The current will be drawn towards a good conductor of electricity, such as a tall building or tree.
The negative charge sends out a feeler known as a ‘stepped leader’ which is made up of lots of invisible negative charges. As it nears the ground, a positive stream of charges reaches up to meet it, creating a channel which causes the lightning to become visible. A lightning bolt looks like one continuous line to the untrained eye, but it’s actually made up of a series of short bursts. A lightning charge is very powerful, and contains a whopping 30 million volts!
Lightning is fascinating, but it can be dangerous, so it’s important to have the right protection for your buildings. Rodells Ltd in St Albans have decades of experience installing and maintaining professional lightning protection for UK businesses, including lightning conduction installations, risk assessments and earthing repairs. For more information about how we can protect your buildings, give us a call today or visit our website.
There are many iconic landmarks throughout history that simply wouldn’t have been built if it weren’t for scaffolding; from the pyramids of Egypt to the Statue of Liberty. We often marvel at large buildings without realising quite how much work went into their construction, and scaffolding plays an essential role in the building process. Every building, from large department stores to a block of flats, is built using scaffolding, but of course some projects are much bigger than others. See our brief guide below to some of the largest, most awe inspiring scaffolding projects around the world.
The Statue of Liberty
One of the most recognisable landmarks in the world, the Statue of Liberty underwent mass renovation in 1984, with scaffolding erected all around the statue from the base to the very top of the crown. Experts from all fields of the construction industry were consulted on the project, and at the time it was built, this was the largest free standing scaffold in the world. Built entirely of aluminium, it cost approximately $2 million!
Victoria train station in London is one of the busiest terminals in the world, so when it needed refurbishments there was no question about whether it would remain open. Around 80 million passengers pass through the station each year, so it was essential for the scaffolding to cause as little disruption as possible. In 2011, custom scaffolding was built to hang above the trains and allow the roof to be cleaned and refurbished. This allowed the station to remain operating as usual; essential when you consider that the project took three years to complete.
Since its opening in 2010, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai remains the tallest building in the world. Construction took a total of six years, and scaffolding was added as the floors were built in order to keep the final height a secret. The finished building stands at an impressive 829 metres high, with 163 floors.
Construction for the Eden Project in Cornwall began in 1998, and a whopping 230 miles of scaffolding was used while it was being built. The structure is formed of two domes, standing at 55 metres and 35 metres high, and the site became a popular tourist attraction even before it was officially open. The unusual shape of the design meant that extra reinforced scaffolding was needed in order to build a safe and secure structure.
You may not be building anything as large as the landmarks mentioned above, but if you need professional and reliable scaffolding services for your next project, get in touch with Rodells Ltd. We can provide scaffolding for the industrial, commercial and domestic sectors, and our friendly and experienced team of trained scaffolders are on hand to help; whatever your needs. For more information or to discuss your next project, give us a call or visit our website.