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.
A Brief History of Scaffolding
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.