The first signs of spring are a welcome sight after a cold, dark winter and many people choose this season to tackle any spring cleaning or maintenance jobs. Spring is the ideal time to carry out those building maintenance jobs you may have been putting off and you can remedy any damage caused by the harsh winter weather.
Spring in the UK is often full of rain, so it’s important to be prepared and ensure your building is protected against leaks. Proper maintenance now can also prevent any costly repairs in the future, so read on for our top building maintenance tips to prepare for spring.
Inspect the roof
Roof maintenance is essential to maintain the integrity of your building and protect the interiors from damp. Harsh winter weather can take its toll on your roof so inspect it for signs of any damage. If you’re confident on a ladder you could take a closer look, but if not, use binoculars to look at the roof from the ground or arrange a professional roof inspection.
If you have a tiled roof, look for any cracked or missing tiles. Cracked tiles can allow leaks to penetrate the building and entire missing tiles mean that water can soak into the felt underneath. You should also look for excess mould or moss growth on your tiles. This might seem harmless, but mould and moss trap moisture, which can lead to water damage or excess bacteria growth.
If the building has a flat roof, look for cracks and splits around the edges. If the roof looks like it’s sagging then this should be addressed right away as it’s likely to be caused by a water buildup. Boards can break under the strain of too much water and you may already notice damp patches on the interior ceiling. Don’t forget to check the flashing too (on both tiled and flat roofs) and look for any signs of cracks or damage.
Clear your gutters
Gutters and downspouts are essential to direct water away from a property and protect the building’s foundations. They also prevent erosion, minimise paint damage and stop mould or mildew growth on a building’s exterior. If gutters become clogged, they can’t function properly and a building can be damaged by overflowing water. Be sure to clear your gutters regularly to remove build ups of leaves, twigs and other debris.
Gutters and downspouts should also be inspected for signs of damage, including cracks and leaks. It’s best to get a professional company to clear the gutters for you as they’ll be able to spot any signs of damage early on.
Check for leaks
You should be checking for leaks when inspecting the roof and clearing the gutters, but it’s important to thoroughly inspect the interior and exterior of the building too. Check the interiors for signs of damp, especially in areas like the basement or loft. Telltale signs of damp include; a damp, musty smell, dark or discoloured patches on walls and ceilings, mould, and walls that are clammy and cold to the touch.
Examine the exterior of the building too, looking for cracks, peeling paint or any other signs of water damage. Cracks or damage to the exterior of the building allows water to easily penetrate the inside, so make any repairs as soon as possible.
Maintain trees and shrubs
With the worst of the cold and wet weather behind us, spring is the perfect time to tidy up any outdoor green areas. Many commercial buildings have large trees growing nearby, but any branches overhanging the roof should be trimmed back. This is to prevent leaves falling and clogging the gutters and to minimise roof damage caused by falling branches.
It’s also a good time to prune any shrubs, remove dead leaves and debris from flower beds and lawns, and tackle any weeds that have sprung up. Maintaining your outdoor areas helps to prevent damage to your property and ensures visitors have a good first impression.
Clean the windows
Make the most of upcoming spring sunshine by ensuring your windows are squeaky clean. Clean window panes to remove build ups of dirt and grime and inspect window frames for any cracks, or damaged, splintering wood. Take a lot of the window seals too to make sure there are no signs of rot or gaps in the seal.
Windows should be washed both inside and out using a specialist glass cleaner and microfibre cloth. You can easily do this yourself but you might want to call a professional window cleaner if you have a large number of windows or areas that are hard to reach.
Touch up paint
Keep painted surfaces in good condition by removing any flaking or chipped paint before touching up with a fresh coat. Repairing painted areas on the exterior of your property will help to protect it from rot, especially in areas like door or window frames.
If you want to protect your property in the long run, consider adding an exterior wall coating. These specialist paints help to maintain your property by forming a waterproof seal. Wall coatings also help to protect against harsh weather, prevent damp from penetrating the building and give the exterior appearance a new lease of life.
Clean the exterior
Buildings require regular cleaning to prevent materials from decaying and to preserve their aesthetic appearance. Exterior cleaning is an important aspect of building maintenance and it can save you money on more serious repairs in the long run.
Spring is the perfect time to clean away any stains or debris leftover from the winter months, including wind and rain water stains. Professional cleaning companies can safely and effectively clean the facade of your building using techniques that won’t harm the building’s materials. Common methods include high pressure power washing or specialist cleaning mixtures applied with a brush.
Cleaning also removes unsightly dirt, moss, mould or graffiti which can all have a negative effect on first impressions.
Check your air conditioning
It’s very unlikely that your air conditioning units saw any use over the winter, but the summer heat will be here before we know it. If you’re responsible for maintaining a commercial building like a shopping centre or office, it’s essential to make sure the A/C unit is fully functioning and ready for summer.
Thoroughly clean the unit to remove build ups of dirt and grime and ensure a free flow of air through the vents. It’s also a good idea to test the unit’s air flow, thermostat and general operating efficiency. A breakdown during the summer can be highly inconvenient, so get ahead now while there’s time to make any necessary repairs.
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Rope access works are a reliable and affordable alternative to scaffolding and our experts are highly skilled at gaining safe access to those hard to reach areas. If you’re looking for something more specific, we also offer specialist building maintenance, church conservation services and restoration and refurbishment. Our expert team have a detailed knowledge of many historical restoration techniques and specialise in restoring buildings back to their former glory. For more information about our maintenance services or to discuss your needs, give us a call today or contact us via the website.
The UK, Ireland and the surrounding seas experience between 200,000 and 300,000 lightning strikes every year. While these displays might look impressive from a distance, they can cause devastating damage to buildings and the surrounding areas. Lightning strikes can cause structural damage to a building itself, as well as injuries to employees, damaged equipment and system failures.
Lightning protection is essential for many commercial and historical buildings and it gives peace of mind that your structure will be protected. If you want to know more about lightning protection and how it works, read on for our handy guide.
Types of lightning protection
The most common type of lightning protection is a lightning conductor, usually in the form of a metal rod. These are mounted onto the outside of a building to help protect it from lightning strikes and are made from a highly conductive material like copper or aluminium.
As well as the external lightning rod, a lightning protection system also requires a connection to the earth. This comes in the form of a ground rod, with a wire connecting it to the external lighting rod. Some types of lightning protection systems include numerous conductors connected by a mesh cage. These systems are usually used for highly exposed buildings or those housing sensitive equipment, such as computer rooms.
How do they work?
Lightning conductors protect a building by intercepting the lightning strike. This means that if lightning hits a building, it will hit the highly conductive metal rod first. The strike is then conducted through a wire into the ground rod, where it can be safely discharged into the earth.
The presence of a lightning rod can also prevent a charged cloud from releasing a bolt of lightning in the first place, or if it does, the impact will be much less severe.
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When you have a business to run, the chances are, one of the last things on your mind is going to be the general building maintenance. Not only is this pretty dull to think about, but perhaps things rarely go wrong in your building, so it isn’t even worth worrying about, right?
Not only can ignoring office maintenance violate your building’s lease, but it can also take your business out of action altogether. Considerations regarding electrical safety, structural problems and several other risks to employee safety may cause more than a few businesses to shut down - temporarily as well as permanently.
Most office maintenance issues are easily preventable and repairable if dealt with properly. By following basic processes, business owners can ensure they protect themselves against future ramifications as well as poor maintenance habits.
With this in mind, here in this blog, we are going to take a look at some of the crucial things you need to carry out in terms of post-winter facilities management for your businesses premises to ensure everything runs smoothly and will be ticking over into the spring.
Where to Begin?
A lot of maintenance tasks are simple and innocuous and develop gradually over a significant amount of time. In this instance, you probably won’t notice the issues until it’s already a major problem. For example, cracks in the building’s structure or rust on its pipework might not be noticed until they develop into larger issues.
With this in mind, how do you spot these early signs? You go looking for them. Don’t wait for maintenance problems to present themselves - go and seek them out. Have a procedure regularly that checks for problems across the business premises, including structure, roofing, plumbing and electrics.
Don’t Ignore Anything That Requires Repairs
Similar to an illness, issues that impact your building are often much easier to handle if detected early on. Permitting them to reach a stage where they begin to affect your business operation is not a very wise move. If you have any potential maintenance issues, it is advised that you carry out the needed repairs immediately. It can be very tempting to save money and have a wait-and-see attitude, but this is very risky behaviour that could come back to bite you in a big way.
Costs of prevention are often never as much as costs of reaction. Replacing an old pipe or section of roofing might not be a fee you want to deal with right now, but it’s very much going to be cheaper than replacing a rusted pipe and paying for the cleanup and repairs caused by water damage when the pipe bursts or the roofing comes off. If it is discovered that you knew about a potential hazard and didn’t act on this, you may also face a few legal repercussions later down the line.
Avoid DIY Office Maintenance
Home repairs are a very common practice done by millions of Brits every year. So, it is often in the mindset of a business owner to think about undertaking basic repairs themselves. This is not advised. DIY will take away hours of your time that would be better spent working on your business as a whole.
Business owners are frequently busy and falling behind on work, considering this, making a dent in personal or family time is not worth the price of cheaper office maintenance.
Moreover, the argument against doing your DIY goes further than this point. A botched DIY task is a lot much more common than you may imagine. In a home environment, the result of a badly finished - or unfinished project is much more than a nuisance. Moreover, the same cannot be said for office DIY.
The old way isn’t always the best. By this we mean, outdated office elements are much more likely to experience issues, as time and usage cause structural integrity to deteriorate. Concerning office elements, we are referring to almost everything; from your heating, plumbing and electricals, to insulation, roofing and ceiling panels.
Quick Building Maintenance Checklist:Here is our concise list of additional things to consider in terms of office post-winter maintenance checks:
Your boiler is a crucial asset to your business. It is the main thing that keeps your workplace at a comfortable temperature for both your employees and customers. Book your boiler in for a service to make sure it is well maintained and operating efficiently.
Windows and Frames
When winter comes it often brings plenty of downpours too. Lengthy rainfall can lead to leaking window frames or existing cracks in glazing getting worse. Whilst carrying out building maintenance checks, you need to inspect the condition of your windows and window frames.
Throughout winter, paths and paved areas can become a slip hazard as they can get a buildup of leaves, moss as well as mud. To stop slippery paths forming, we advise a hot pressure wash to remove all the leaves, moss and mud. It’s important you still look after your grounds maintenance to stop any trips or slips occurring.
You’ll want to consider a winter gritting program for when temperatures fall to or below zero degrees Celsius. Be sure you have rock salt to grit everything from roads, car parks to footpaths and entrances to prevent individuals from slipping over in icy conditions.
When it rains check that your building’s gutters are properly catching all the rainwater flowing from the roof. Pay attention to the joints and hoppers as well as making the drains are clear of debris.
Prepping your pipework for winter will help lower the risk of a plumbing emergency and avoid or minimise damage, distress and additional expense.
Throughout the winter months, we frequently experience powerful storms and strong winds which can damage a building’s roof. It’s essential to make sure your roof doesn’t have any dislodged, weak and unsafe roof tiles. Make sure all loose roof tiles are either repairs or replaced as this is a health and safety risk for your business’ employees and potential customers.
The harsh winter conditions can trigger damage to your business’ building. Proper building maintenance is important to ensure your premises and environment continues to be a safe, comfortable and clean place to work.
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We are committed to lowering our environmental impact, investing and supporting the local communities and to meeting all up to date regulations. Many of our projects require great innovation and skill from our talented workforce. This is shown in the professional design, implementation and execution of the projects. To find out more about the range of services we provide, please feel free to contact us today, we’d be delighted to help with any enquiries you may have.
You'd be surprised how many people in the building industry ask the question, “is rope access actually safe?” So let’s make this clear straight away - rope access is very safe. Perhaps, the fact that it has been regarded as “possibly hazardous’ by the Health and Safety Executive deters people from working in rope access or using rope access workers. Although, this term simply means that without any precautions in place there would be a risk of serious injury or even death from falling.
As a physical practice, there are many precautions in place during rope access work. We also realise that dangling from a skyscraper would very much seem like a highly dangerous practice. But this is when you just take it all at face value. It might be difficult to believe but it is much safer than it looks.
In fact, rope access comes with a track record of safety than any other means of access in the work at height industry, and that just says it all. In this blog post, we discuss the safety factors relating to carrying out rope access work and hopefully dispel certain myths surrounding this supposedly dangerous industry.
Rope access work
Rope access is considered one of the oldest and most refined systems used by man to carry out challenging tasks and to get to hard-to-reach places. The techniques and equipment carried out over years. Today, the professionals use rope-access techniques from a variety of platforms including natural features, industrial plants, manufacturing facilities, oil platforms, structures, buildings, and even an aircraft.
As with lots of jobs, particularly those in the building or industrial sector, you might well accept that accidents inevitably do happen. Given the level of risk when working at height, the rope access industry is along the most tightly controlled in the industry. There are lots of rules and regulations in place to reduce the likelihood of accidents, and these are solidified in the 2005 Work at Height Regulations.
Any space for human error must be taken away before the work begins and, while working, lots of precautions need to be taken to guarantee the safety of both technicians and the general public. But the legislation doesn’t just mean that all workers are trained as they should be and up to scratch on their safety requirements; it also means that employers need to take a long list of precautions and responsibilities with regards to the safety of their workforce.
The International Rope Access Trade Association (IRATA) is responsible for setting out and regulating the training of all workers looking to seek qualifications in the sector. This kind of training is carried out with high safety standards taken into consideration, so those who are qualified will understand the risks and regulations associated with working at height. Trainees not only gain a thorough insight into the understanding of the current legislation, but also a working knowledge of rescue procedures and hazard perception.
IRATA certifications can be made available in three different levels, and they are a requirement for all working rope access technicians. Graduating to a higher standard required a certain amount of time spent on the ropes, with each hour being logged and signed off by a qualified supervisor. For example, an IRATA Level 2 qualification requires a minimum of 1,000 hours and 12 months of work, so individuals with more responsibilities are assured to have more experience.
There are many misconceptions about industrial work having a distinct lack of professionalism and tact, and these false truths are often difficult to shake off. However, given the high-risk nature of the work, industrial workers can’t afford to be anything but professional at all times. This includes:
Working within constant supervision
Supervisors are ever-present on every rope access job, and they are responsible for keeping safety and protocol monitored at all times. They need to be fully qualified, with a good amount of experience on the ropes and good work ethic.
Getting the job done
Rope access workers certainly aren’t just in the business for the impressive views at work every day. The primary concern is getting the job done to the highest standard and in the safest way possible.
Always work in pairs
Technicians don’t ever work alone, there must always be another worker present should their assistance be required.
Make no mistake, rope access involves much more than just a rope – the technicians aren’t swinging around unequipped by any means. For example, workers need to use two separate ropes, one of which acts as a backup system in addition to the main working line. Each rope is rigged to a different anchor point, so if one of them is compromised the other will offer you a sturdy reserve. Essentially, the safety of a rope access technician doesn’t just depend on their primary equipment: there is always a backup.
Before and after each use, all equipment must be rigorously tested and inspected by a trained professional to ensure that any defects are promptly addressed. For example, thanks in part to the strict safety culture integral to rope access work, technicians should never be put in a position where their equipment presents a hazard. It might take a bit of getting used to at first, however, usually, workers and trainees quickly learn to trust their equipment.
Management and planning
Risk assessment always has to be considered and there are a few key things which must be included. For example, the likely duration of the work, the ease of access, the possibility of using an alternative, safer work method and so on.
A nominated person needs to be identified, this will be the individual who is responsible for managing all of the aspects of rope access work. This nominated person must have experience and the necessary training in the type of work the company plans to undertake. Similarly, designated supervisors will be required to directly oversee and direct work in progress on all of the jobs.
Planning rope access operations
A system of work needs to be drawn up, taking account of risks from rope access operations generally and job-specific risks that are present and can be foreseen. The safety system needs to specify rescue arrangements, selection of correct equipment, selection of people with the necessary level of competence and arrangements for the sake of control as well as communication.
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Here at Rodells, our specialists are very skilled in gaining access and working on a various amount of different types of work via ropes and harnesses. Often this is an affordable and reliable alternative to scaffolding. We are now home to a large scaffolding department fully equipped to grant access to any industrial, commercial or domestic building. Whilst still providing our Steeplejack and Specialist Works services. Rodell's is a business centred around a positive, friendly and affordable service.
We provide services including surveys to tall buildings and churches, erecting weather vanes and flagpoles, installation of cables and trays as well as roof repairs, vegetation removal, sign and banner erection and painting. To find out more about the services which we can offer you, please contact us today, we’d be happy to help with any enquiries you may have.
This country's historic churches have stood the test of time and lived through all the disruption that history has thrown their way. These buildings come with a unique record of how major national and international events impact even the smallest of places and whether religion has any value in your life, everyone can appreciate the beauty and peaceful solace of a church and also understand the need to to take care and preserve these beautiful buildings. It goes without saying that a lot of our historic churches will tell stories of this time for future generations to come.
Renovating your church can be a stressful ordeal. There are projects to oversee, questions to answer, concerns to hear, money to raise, bills to be paid, plans to be made, change orders to experience, contingency plans to set out and so on. And all these things just have to do with the renovation. You may have sermons to preach, ministries to lead, and people to care for during the entirety of the project.
With this in mind, here is some of our guidance as well as some specific information about church conservation projects; read on to discover more.
Church Conservation - the basics
Lots of churches built in the last 100 years are still going strong today, a true testament to the workmanship here in the UK. But the inside of these churches may not have had the same story to tell. Paint which is peeling and worn-out decor are indicators that the time has come to spruce up the inside of your church. Due to this, conservation of churches involves specialised processes, hiring a professional conservation company will help. But before this, you need to do a little research to figure out your church's needs.
If your church requires an update in some capacity, here for all you need to know about the conservation of churches.
Requirements for church conservation by faith tradition
Various faiths have altering practices, and church buildings need to serve these practices. The interior of a church must reach the needs of the congregation too so this must be factored in as well. The Roman Catholic Church has quite an extensive list of guidelines in terms of the renovation of churches. Parishes will often need to contact their Diocesan Offices of Worship for any specific rules having to do with church renovation before they plan a project.
Modern Protestant and Evangelical churches are much more flexible in terms of their interior style and decor. Lots of these churches are auditoriums, where staging, seating, and sound production are crucial factors. Others are more traditional in style but are less concerned with furniture or various statues.
No matter what the faith tradition a specific church is, you must tread with caution when attempting to change the style of a church. Updating a traditional design to a 21st-century style will need agreement from a majority of your congregation if the church is still being used. The "buy-in" of the people is crucial when proposing specific changes to a beloved place of worship.
Redecorating Churches as opposed to renovating churches
Deciding whether or not you have redecoration or reconstruction of the inside of your church is essential because then you will know which type of professional to hire. Plaster and paint experts will be able to create a new look for the walls and ceiling. The same experts will be able to renew your statues and the altar. A reliable and professional company will present a variety of options for you to consider, both traditional and modern. Professional conservation companies will offer materials, such as scaffolding as part of their estimate.
For a bigger reconstruction project being carried out on a larger scale, you’ll require an architect and a contractor who has worked with churches previously. The nature of church life requires specific construction plans as well as experience with sacred spaces. These professionals will work with your conservation team throughout the construction process and will commit to keeping things on track.
Hiring a conservation professional
Look for accredited companies willing to provide you with upfront estimates. Make sure they can provide colour renditions of your proposed project for you to review. Check their websites to see what other churches are in their portfolio.
Perhaps ask to see a portfolio of other churches that have worked on, and get their opinions. If you can find a church with similar design characteristics to get some inspiration, all the better. It is important not to skip this step, as word-of-mouth is the best way to find the right professional for the job.
Help and advice on converting a churchIf you are serious about carrying out a church conservation project, you may find the following resources highly useful:
Depending on the level of conservation you opt for - a church can throw up some interesting challenges. If you wish to maintain the church’s original features as much as you can, here are a few specific tips you might not have thought of already:
Additional key factors to take into considerationWhen it comes down to it, carrying out any type of church conversion is far from an ordinary house conversion and there are lots of extra special factors to take into consideration before you decide once and for all that it is the right move for you. Let’s take a look at some of the odd points you may want to consider before a church conservation project:
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Believe it or not, lightning is the cause of hundreds of injuries and damages every year in the UK. Lightning protection is one solution to this. Commercial properties, churches and historic structures are just some of the buildings that can benefit from these types of measures that prevent serious incidents.
If you’re thinking about having lightning protection installed this is the blog for you. Read on for all you need to know.
What is lightning protection?
Lightning protection systems are a preventative measure that reduces the impact of lightning damage if it were to strike a building. The system is usually a lightning conductor (in the form of a metal rod made from conductive materials such as copper and aluminium) which is mounted on to the building and intercepts a strike meaning the rod is hit first before anything else. In this situation, the strike is then conducted through a wire and passing through to the ground safely.
But, before you can have anything installed, your property must be assessed to establish what level of protection is needed and how at risk the building is. A system can then be designed and installed by an experienced contractor without compromising the aesthetics of the property.
Why is lightning protection important?
Many people believe that lightning never strikes the same place twice, but this is not true. Experiencing lightning force on your property once let alone twice can be enough to damage your electrical system, cause a fire, broken equipment and business downtime.
The benefits of lightning protection include:
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The slightly milder temperatures of Autumn make it the ideal season to conduct a thorough review of your building systems. A few basic steps can help you in avoiding costly repairs costs that can become more significant problems during extreme weather during the winter months. It’s so easy to get caught out with this, just because you haven’t experienced a problem yet - doesn’t mean that there’s not going to be one. You want to be prepared for any eventuality and there are a few extremely practical ways that you can go about doing this - not to mention the fact that you will certainly thank yourself for it later down the line if an issue with your building was to arise.
Depending on your budget, it can also be useful to identify system repairs and replacement needs that have significant budget impacts too, it’s certainly better to be aware of these things so you can deal with them appropriately, as and when. So with that in mind, here is some useful guidance for winterproofing your building.
Get up to your gutters
First things first, take a look at your guttering, sounds obvious but it does often get overlooked. Later in the year, the chances are your guttering is going to take a bit of a battering. your gutters certainly withstand a great deal throughout the year. The downpours in spring, the falling leaves of autumn and winter snows keep the humble plastic tubes working at maximum capacity all through the year.
Unfortunately, it’s often the case that your guttering will require some attention from you to keep them working well. If you ignore them, they’ll end up chock full of leaves, moss and another garden debris, leaving not very much room for all the rainwater pouring down for the rest of the time.
When your guttering gets blocked up, the rainwater overflows onto your walls and back into your roofing itself. That can trigger all kinds of damp and rot issues that no one wants to tend to. So, book yourself a professional scaffolder in to allow you to get this first job done safely. This will ensure maximum safety and they will be able to clear out all the obstructions for you. It can be pretty hard going so remember a pair of gloves if you are doing it yourself! Once you’re done, run some water through the pipes to make sure it’s draining properly.
Seal up any gaps in the floor and skirting boards
According to the National Energy Foundation, floors are responsible for up to 10 per cent of heating loss in homes where there is no flooring insulation. Check your floors for gaps and cracks and seal them up with a silicone-based filler. If you require wooden floorboards without carpets, consider covering them up, at least when the weather is chilly, to save more heat. Use rugs or even blankets for added warmth.
This is a highly simple maintenance task that it is so often overlooked, yet it's the first line of defence in keeping water outside of our buildings. While professionally applied caulking materials are expected to last from a decade up to 20 years, caulking still needs to be checked at all junctures and installed or replaced where it's deteriorated or missing. Key locations are joints between coping stones on top of parapet walls, around through-wall window air-conditioner sleeves, and around windows and doors. Caulking is the first line of defence in keeping water outside.
No part of a building receives as much significant exposure to the elements than the roof does. Taking this into consideration, a general roof inspection is advised every autumn and spring. Potential issues areas are all penetrations through the roof, such as stack vent pipes, ladders, and drains; open seams on the roofing membranes; blistering or cracking; ponding; base flashing that has slipped or peeled away from parapet or bulkhead walls; deteriorated counterflashing; and broken glass, nails, screws, or other debris that could break the roofing membrane. Pitch pans surrounding roof penetrations need to be filled to the brim with an appropriate sealant. Various roofing systems may have a reflective coating, and if it is worn in spots, the exposed areas of the roofing membrane are exposed to ultraviolet light, accelerating deterioration.
Check your drains
Another simple but often neglected item on the roofing is the drainage systems, these need to be monitored for clogs, and debris built up around the drains should be cleaned as and when necessary. For roof decks with pavers, the pavers around the drains may need to be taken off to see that there are no leaves, paper, sand, or other items blocking them. If there is loads of debris which has found its way under the pavers, large sections of pavers must be removed by a contractor and the underlying roof surface cleared out. Gutters, leaders, and scuppers should also be looked at to make sure they are not loose and are cleared of leaves and other debris so water can properly drain.
Monitor the facade of your building
Any significant issues with the exterior should be dealt with promptly. At the bare minimum, a visual exterior inspection needs to be conducted using binoculars to check for loose, spalling, or missing bricks, stones, mortar, masonry, terra cotta elements, cornices, windowsills, balconies, railings and so forth. Of particular importance are the sections that stay damp after a rainstorm, which may mean cracks, deterioration or other defects that may be allowing water to infiltrate.
If a draft is felt around the windows or the panes are cold to the touch, the windows may need to be replaced with better-fitting thermally insulated double-pane units. As a stopgap measure, removable foam insulation can be installed around the window frames and a plastic film applied to the panes.
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If you are planning on winterproofing your building - you’ll need some additional assistance in order to get this done and this is where Rodells comes in. Our talented, reliable and safe scaffolding workforce has a history of providing excellent quality, quality scaffolding in the commercial and industrial sectors. Whatever your specific needs are, our team of trained scaffolders can help. As an accredited member of NASC, our workforce is highly trained, has a great code of conduct and adhere to the regulations set out in the industry such as the TG20/SG410.
We have a long history of providing excellent quality, reliable scaffolding in the commercial and industrial sectors. Whatever your needs are, our team of trained scaffolders can help you. Rodells continues its tradition of investing in both staff training and equipment. Drop us a line, explore our website or get in touch today to see if we can fulfil your scaffolding needs. You can call us on 01727 82101. We’d be delighted to help! Whatever your needs are, our team of trained scaffolders will be able to assist you.
If you live in a busy urban area, chances are that you will have seen scaffolding erected on a regular basis. Scaffolding is a temporary structure used in building construction to allow people to work at height, grant access to hard to reach places, and to support workers and materials on the job. Scaffolding is highly flexible and comes in many different forms, so it’s important to select the right system for the job.
If you’re new to the world of building or construction then it can be difficult to know where to begin, so if you’re looking for scaffolding for your next upcoming job, see below for our handy guide.
Access scaffoldingAccess scaffolding does what the name suggests; it gives workers access to areas of a building or structure that are normally difficult to reach, like the roof. Access scaffolding is usually used for maintenance or repair work, such as replacing cracked roof tiles, repairing gutters, or cleaning high windows.
Suspended scaffoldingSuspended scaffolding is composed of a working platform hung by wire ropes or chains. This allows it to be lowered or raised as needed, so it’s a good choice for jobs like painting, decorating or window cleaning. Suspended scaffolding also tends to be easier to install and dismantle, so it’s a popular choice for short term jobs.
Trestle scaffolding uses a working platform supported on a moveable tripod or ladders. It’s typically used for indoor work like painting or plastering, up to a height of five metres. The frame is typically made of metal, with a wooden or metal deck. Trestle scaffolding can also be used on balconies or terraces, but additional netting is usually added for safety.
This is a specialist type of scaffolding that’s used when a traditional scaffolding tower isn’t feasible. It might be due to obstacles in the way, or because the ground doesn’t have the capacity to support a regular scaffolding tower. Regular scaffolding uses a frame, post or base to support the structure, but cantilever scaffolding is erected using support needles.
These needles are inserted into holes in the wall or strutted inside the floors through openings (making it single or double frame scaffolding respectively). Cantilever scaffolding is also used if the upper part of a building is under construction or if the ground near the wall needs to be clear of traffic.
Also known as bricklayer’s scaffolding, this type of scaffold is typically used for brick masonry work. Single scaffolding uses putlogs (holes used to support scaffolding poles), standards and ledgers (horizontal tubes which are fixed to the standards).
This is also known as mason’s scaffolding as it’s commonly used for stone masonry work. Double scaffolding uses two rows of scaffolding for extra security and strength, but also because it’s more difficult to insert putlogs into a stone wall.
The first row of scaffolding is fixed close to the wall (around 20-30cm away) and the second row is then fixed around one metre away from the first. Putlogs are then placed so that they’re supported by both frames so that they’re independent of the wall’s surface.
As the name suggests, steel scaffolding is constructed using steel tubes fixed together with steel couplers. It’s very easy to assemble and dismantle, making it a good choice for last minute jobs or shorter term projects.
Steel scaffolding is incredibly durable and has a high fire resistance so it’s very safe to use. It does tend to be more expensive than other scaffolding alternatives but the benefits mean that it’s still highly used throughout the industry.
This type of scaffolding is also made from steel, but it uses specialist couplings and frames which allow it to be adjusted to different heights. This means that the working platform can be placed at various heights, making this scaffolding ideal for indoor jobs or short term repairs.
This is the general name given to scaffolding that uses one or more platforms supported by outrigger beams, uprights, posts, frames or poles. Tube and coupler is one of the most commonly used models of supported scaffolding and it consists of metal tubes held together by couplers.
Supported scaffolding is extremely sturdy and durable, making it best suited to heavy duty jobs or those requiring heavy loads.
This is a type of supported scaffolding on wheels, to make it mobile. Braces should always be used with rolling scaffolding to prevent it from collapsing and help the structure to remain secure. Rolling scaffolds are designed for easy movement, but it’s important for workers to be aware of their surroundings to prevent accidents or injury.
Rolling scaffolding is available in various heights, from five feet all the way up to 30 foot tall. This makes it incredibly versatile and it’s often used for painting and decorating jobs or indoor repairs.
Scaffolding is an extremely versatile and useful piece of equipment, but it’s vital to ensure that all workers know how to work with it safely. Any scaffolding should always be erected by a competent person and workers should be fully trained before using the equipment.
All components should also be checked before use to ensure that the structure is safe and secure. Every worker should be aware of the weight capacity of the scaffold too, to ensure that it doesn’t become overloaded. The appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) should also be worn, such as high-vis jackets, hard hats and steel capped boots. If the scaffolding is particularly high, then safety harnesses will also be necessary, or ensure that protective barriers are in place to prevent falls.
It’s not safe to work on scaffolding in bad weather, so you may need to delay the job if it’s raining heavily, very windy, or frosty and icy underfoot. Workers should also never climb scaffolding with tools or equipment in their hands; always climb to the level you need first and then hoist tools up separately. Workers should be aware of their surroundings at all times and avoid throwing waste or equipment off the scaffolding at any time. Objects dropped from height can cause serious injury and it’s not always clear to see if workers are below.
Employers should provide regular scaffolding training for all workers, especially if you’re using a type of scaffolding that you haven’t worked with before.
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If you’re looking for a scaffolding alternative, we also offer rope access works, which provide a reliable and cost-effective alternative to scaffolding. For more information about our scaffolding services or to discuss your requirements for your next construction job, don’t hesitate to give us a call today or visit our website.
The Work From Height (WAH) Regulations 2005 has set out clear parameters in terms of routine practice in working at height and on scaffolding. The COVID-19 pandemic has meant that contractors are still operating in unprecedented circumstances and for some, there is still a little confusion surrounding the day-to-day compliance of working during these unprecedented times.
With this in mind, Only individuals and contractors who are competent and fully understand the risks from COVID-19 will be permitted to undertake scaffolding works on site. In keeping with the most up to date guidance and aligned with advice put out by the Scaffolding Association, here we have collated some of the important information to consider in regards to current scaffolding operations during COVID-19. You must also ensure you routinely refer to the latest Government Guidance advice on Coronavirus which can be found on the GOV website.
The purpose of a safe system for the workplace is to offer instruction, assign responsibility and to control, by a systematic sequence of actions, the manner in which the requirements for ensuring the spread of COVID-19 is reduced when working on scaffolding, it is advised that this guidance is adhered to.
Travelling to Work
It is highlighted that individuals should travel to work alone wherever possible using their own transport, a bike or via car for example. Although it’s understood, there may be situations whereby individuals have no option but to share transport, in these circumstances the following should be considered:
Hand cleaning facilities must be available so that operatives can clean hands on their way in and out, for example, a hand sanitiser station. For each shift, measures should be considered for how someone would get home should they fall ill. This will rely on prompt reporting procedures so that individuals can take themselves home with basic mild symptoms.
Site Arrival and Leaving Site
Here we list a few pointers relating to the arrival and departure of a working environment or site:
Here we list a few procedures for keeping the risk of contamination in the workplace to a minimum.
All systems and procedures shall be monitored to make sure measures remain effective, with this in mind, stocks of cleaning products such as sanitisers and wipes shall be monitored and replenished on rotation. As well as this, the cleaning of areas shall be recorded. In addition to this, the workforce shall be constantly reminded of the measures via briefings and toolbox talks. As part of this process, often a nominated person will actively monitor and review procedures and controls for effectiveness.
Additional Information Sources
As the situation is changing rapidly, and to make sure you are up to date and offering
The highest standard of health and safety and wellbeing for your employees, customers and the general public, you may also wish to refer to the following for further information:
Rodells - Quality and Safe Scaffolding Services
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Scaffolding plays an essential role in the construction industry, allowing workers to erect buildings, perform restoration work, roof repairs, paint ceilings and more. An estimated 2.3 million construction workers (around 65% of the construction industry) regularly work with scaffolding, but it’s not without its hazards. Scaffold-related accidents account for around 4,500 injuries each year, so it’s vital to know how to work with this equipment safely.
Scaffolding injuries can be devastating for workers, but they can also cost employers a great deal of money, in either compensation or workdays lost. Read on to find out how to stay safe when working with scaffolding, and protect your business and employees.
Don’t overload the scaffold
Workers should always be aware of the maximum intended load of any scaffold they’re working on, as well as its load carrying capacities. Overloading the platform can compromise a scaffold’s integrity, and it increases the chances of fall hazards for workers below.
Pay attention to the weather
Never work on scaffolding if it’s covered in ice, snow, or mud, and consider delaying work after heavy rain as scaffolding can be extremely slippery when wet. Any debris like wet leaves or twigs should be removed before you start work and avoid using scaffolding if the weather is very wet or windy.
Arrange scaffolding safety training
All employees should be properly trained before working on a scaffold, and the training should cover issues such as falling object hazards, how to handle equipment, load capacities and electrocution risks. A competent person should also inspect the scaffolding before you start work each day to ensure that it’s safe for use.
Always dress appropriately
Employees should always wear a hard hat when working on or around scaffolding, as well as a high vis jacket and non slip work boots. You may also need additional protective equipment, such as eye goggles, a safety harness or protective gloves, depending on the job.
If you’re looking for a talented, professional scaffolding team that adheres to the highest safety standards, get in touch with the experts at Rodells. We’re proud to offer scaffolding solutions for both the commercial and industrial sectors and as an accredited member of NASC, our workforce is highly trained and adheres to all regulations set out in the industry. For more information about any of our scaffolding services or our safety procedures, give us a call today or visit our website.