Did you know that over 27 million square feet of offices, retail parks and industrial properties are built every year in the UK? That means that there is a lot of competition when it comes to updating your property to look modern and clean up against the thousands of other industrial buildings going up each year. With this in mind, the importance of industrial building maintenance is something that all businesses need to consider to keep on top of their game. There are an abundance of maintenance services that Just Spray provides, all coming with their own benefits, with the most prevalent being the safety element.
The Benefits & Importance Of Industrial Building Maintenance
Just Spray has been offering clients specialist spraying, repair and cleaning services for several years now, and the team always know which buildings are keeping updated with maintenance, and which ones could do with a little more care. If you are new to the commercial property scene, or would simply like to know more about how your maintenance services can save you time and money, we have come up with a know-how guide to the following information:
- The Benefits Of Building Maintenance
- Employee Health & Safety
- Building Preservations
- Finding Issues
- Increases Value
Before diving into the different types of building maintenance that you can invest in, it is important to know the benefits of maintaining your commercial property to understand the significance of maintenance, as well as the type of maintenance would be best to resolve your issues. Some of the most common issues that arise with lack of maintenance are cut edge corrosion, dilapidation and cracking or leaking through dirt and debris build-up or adverse weather conditions. These common issues can be prevented through professional maintenance services, such as cladding spraying, cleaning and panel repairs. Some benefits of regular commercial building maintenance includes:
As you can imagine, it is a lot cheaper to continue maintaining your property than it is to invest in repairing issues that occur through lack of maintenance. For example, if cladding is left to wither and rot, then this can cause structural and internal damage to your property, which will inevitably cost you a considerable amount of money to repair. Taking precautions such as having professional spraying services to avoid cut edge corrosion can significantly benefit your property in the long run.
It is especially beneficial to have maintenance carried out before adverse weather kicks in, as this can have a significant impact on the external materials of your building. If there are cracks in your cladding or roofing systems, then water can seep in, and during the colder months, this water can then expand and cause further cracking and damage. Pounding water on roofing systems can also cause the materials to rust or, in extreme cases, collapse. By making the investment in your commercial building, it is less likely that you will have to pay out large sums for future, more serious problems.
Damaged properties, including pathways and car parks, should be cleared and maintained to reduce the risk of hazards to those using the facilities. Fallen trees, litter and water can also cause disruption and danger to those trying to get in and out of the building. When there are numerous hazards surrounding your property, there is a higher chance that employees, passers-by and customers are at risk of injury. Providing a safe environment is of the utmost importance and should be taken seriously, not only because someone could be seriously injured, but it also makes you liable for any accidents.
The government releases data each year in regards to work-related injuries and states that around 79,000 workers are now suffering from injuries they obtained through work. The risk of work-related injuries are significantly higher for those working within construction, warehouses and factory work, and while some are hard to prevent, the majority of them are caused by poor management of the property or machinery.
When you know that you have maintenance booked in regularly, whether it be weekly, monthly or yearly, you know what outgoing payments you will have to make. This can help you to structure your budget and finances, making it particularly ideal for a smaller business that has less money to be spending. Not only is it a benefit in terms of knowing when you will have to pay for services, but it also reduces the likelihood that you will have to make an unannounced large payment to fix an issue that could have been resolved with maintenance checks.
First impressions start as your clients walk up to your commercial property, so it is imperative that you provide a clean and aesthetically pleasing building. In order to do this, we would recommend booking in for regular exterior commercial cleaning of your property, as this will provide you with a professional look for that all-important first impression. If you are bringing clients into your office, then it is also important to make sure that you thoroughly clean the interior of your property. This can easily be achieved through professional cleaning services. Feel free to speak with the Just Spray team for more information on how to arrange interior and deep exterior cleaning.
Not only is it important to ensure that your employees always come first in regards to health and safety, but it is also the law to provide a safe environment for your staff and clients. For this reason, it is imperative that you make sure to book in for regular building maintenance services, whether that be to fix a leaking roof or provide a healthy environment through deep cleaning.
It is important to make sure that when your employees arrive to work that they are able to continue their duties in confidence that they are working in a clean office, warehouse or factory. This cleaning must take place inside and outside of the property, as there are health hazards that come with the neglection of cleaning.
For the exterior of the building, there are several ways in which a build-up of dirt and debris can impact the safety of those within it. Damage that can be caused through dirty exteriors include:
- Corrosion of cladding
- Cracking of materials
- Leaks through rust and cracks
- Causes further hazards such as germ build-up or hazards from falling objects
There are several ways in which you can clean the exterior of your property, such as having a professional complete jet washing through commercial cleaning services. Jet washing has a significantly greater impact compared to your usual hose and watering system. Accompanied with specialist cleaning products, this can greatly benefit your property. We would highly recommend that you book in for exterior cleaning maintenance at least every three months to ensure that your property is in line with the strict health and safety standards in place. In between professional cleaning, ensure that you regularly maintain the property by completing all the tasks on this tick list:
Thoroughly clean out gutters – this helps the water to flow and prevents a build-up
Clean walls, cladding and roofing systems – this will prevent cut edge corrosion where possible, as well as removing dirt and debris.
Clean windows – using your usual at-home cleaning methods, wash down the windows to allow natural light to entire the property.
Clear pathways – the pathway needs to be clear to ensure that all clients and employees are able to access the building safely.
As well as exterior cleaning, it is important to make sure that you provide cleaning facilities to get rid of unwanted bacteria and germs from the office. This will benefit you in more ways than one, as employees are less likely to get ill, meaning better productivity, as well as employees feeling satisfied that you are providing a safe working environment. There are many ways in which you can clean your property, and it may depend on the type of service you are providing. For example, if you have a restaurant, then it is imperative that your building’s cleaning works best for kitchen facilities. With the recent outbreak of Covid-19, it has become more important than ever to ensure that key workers are able to continue doing their duties knowing that they are safe from the virus. Just Spray specialises in spraying services such as deep cleaning and can provide your commercial property with high-quality and industry-grade disinfectant spraying. Contact the team today for more information about our building cleaning and what is included within this service.
After investing a large sum of money into doing up the exterior or interior of your property, whether it be through fancy new furniture or cladding wall systems, it is important that you keep up to date with maintenance to ensure that you can preserve your investment. An issue that the Just Spray team come across more often than you may think, is that clients spend a lot of money in fixing problems yet are not willing to spend money to protect the systems and materials that they have put in place. Much like you would have a regular PAT test on your electrical equipment, it is important that you make sure other materials and facilities are also up to the current health and safety standards.
An example of building preservation is within the windows of your property. If you have recently had uPVC windows installed on your premises, then you will be aware of the long lifespan that they have and the limited maintenance they require. However, this does not mean that they should be completely neglected, and it is important that you make sure to regularly clean the windows so that you can continue to reap the benefits that they provide for years to come. When you make an investment on your property, maintenance can ensure that this investment goes a long way.
When enlisting in the help of a professional, it is likely that they have the expertise to help you find issues with your property. When having regular maintenance carried out, these issues can be captured and resolved before they become harder and more expensive to fix. This could mean the difference between a simple repair and full reinstalment of systems. Just Spray understands that you and your employees do not have time to inspect the premises for issues that may cause future problems such as leaks, flooding, rusting and more. For this reason, when carrying out your maintenance works, our team will complete a thorough check of the area to make sure that there are no cracks, rusting or bubbling of cladding and other materials. Our previous article explains all of the different types of damage your cladding may experience, helping you to look out for signs that it is time to call in the professionals for coating services.
Much like taking care of your home to increase property value, looking after your commercial building is imperative in order to maintain and possibly increase your properties resale value. When other businesses are looking for a building, whether it be an office or warehouse, they are looking for something that will serve their purpose without having to invest large sums of money. For this reason, keeping up with maintenance by keeping the property clean and fixing repairs when need be, can help give you the upper hand when putting the property up for sale. If you are thinking of selling your commercial property, then be sure to book in for a thorough check-up, maintenance and repairs with the Just Spray team. You can also find other ways to improve resale value by taking a look at Savoy Stewart’s handy blog post.
Staying In Control
Regular maintenance checks ensure that you are able to stay in control of your property, along with your business. It means that you can budget yourself on services as well as minimising the risk of having to make large pay-outs for injuries caused by faulty systems or repairs that could have been prevented. If you take all of the above maintenance advice into consideration, then you can save yourself a lot of time, resources and money in the future, protecting your employees, business and clients.