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Exterior Building Maintenance - The Easier Way - Sussex Rope Access

Building Painting and Waterproofing

Our expertise has been called upon on both residential and commercial projects and we have painted and waterproofed lighthouses, steelworks, and listed buildings.

Below you can see the BBC News coverage of our painting and waterproof works at The Old Lighthouse in Dungeness.

It needed urgent restoration, involving, stitching and filling of masonry cracks before applying 4 layers of waterproof paint – approximately 1.4 tonnes in total!

Call us today on 0800 1588 318

These are the Trade and Industry Certifications attained by Sussex Rope Access

Rope Access Can Dramatically Simplify Your Exterior Building Maintenance

The exterior of a tall building can be difficult to maintain, if not nearly impossible. But just because you’ve got a high building that is hard to access doesn’t mean that it needs to suffer. It just means that you need to approach it differently. Whether it’s washing windows, exterior cleaning or painting or even fixing concrete cracks in the building structure, it’s often a large, time consuming process to complete. But what if there was an easier way?

Rope access is the different approach you’ve been looking for and will help to simplify the maintenance of your building so that it can look pristine and aesthetically pleasing all the time.


What Is Rope Access ?

Rope access eliminates all of the heavy, obtrusive equipment, like scaffolding and towers and focuses on getting the building maintenance workers to where they need to be. The rope access technicians are trained abseilers and certified by IRATA (International Rope Access Trade Association) to ensure that they are completely able to perform the task safely.

The technicians are suspended using two seperate ropes that have individual anchor points. All tools needed are on lanyards attached to the technician. There will always be at least two technicians in one area and they have the ability to get to each other if needed. While on the ropes, they can go up, down and sideways to work at different heights and areas. The process they use is similar to those used during caving and climbing, by sports abseilers; they are, in fact, “industrial abseilers”.

Without doubt, it is the safest and most effective way for doing tall building maintenance.


How Rope Access Helps with Building Maintenance

Whether it’s access high up or in a hard to reach place, the ropes allow the rope access technicians to ascend and descend as needed to get to all areas of the building. More often than not, scaffolding limits your workforce to a simple vertical or horizontal experience. Unfortunately, not all buildings are built that way, especially some of the older ones, and that’s where a rope access specialist company can help.

When the ropes allow a technician to get to every nook and cranny of a building, the result is much better. And many technicians are qualified in different building trades and can therefore do, for example, painting, brickwork repointing, masonry cleaning, concrete repairs and many other skilled jobs. This means that no matter what maintenance the building is in need of, access can be achieved and the job can be accomplished without taking a significant amount of time to do it.


Why Scaffolding Isn’t a Viable Option

The majority of your exterior building maintenance budget is used on the cost of the scaffolding, assembling it and taking it down. There’s no need to pay for all of that when the maintenance team are bringing their own ropes and anchors to get the job done. It also comes at a significantly reduced cost for you. Rope access companies can save you a substantial amount in comparison to using scaffolding.

In addition to cost, however, there are other important aspects as to why scaffolding is not an option. As Wayne Brooks of Sussex Rope Access comments, “Exactly where you want to be grinding or jack hammering or plastering, there’s scaffold poles right there. You’re not allowed to tamper with it or move it; they just have a natural ability to put it exactly where you don’t want it.”

With rope access, there’s nothing in the way. What this means for the building is that there are no spots left untouched because of a bar or pole in the wrong place. The entire window gets cleaned, the entire wall gets painted or the entire concrete crack is repaired, instead of left alone, hoping no one will notice that far up. There’s a more thorough job that can be done, but scaffolding just doesn’t allow for complete high access.


Why Rope Access Needs to Be Considered

Rope access can be the simplest way of getting building maintenance completed. Rather than taking months of time because of setting up equipment, performing the job, and breaking everything down, abseiling technicians using rope access can come in and complete a job in weeks. This gets the building back to its previous glory quicker without creating construction obstacles in the process.

Rope access will be the more cost efficient method as well as the most detail-oriented way of maintaining a building. The technicians are not bound to a vertical structure with poles blocking a good portion of the surface area that is need of repair or attention.

Usually, a building is still being used when the maintenance needs to be performed. This could mean that people need to go in and out of the building throughout the day. Rope access will still allow for this foot traffic to occur. Scaffolding and cherry pickers take up pavements, parking spaces and block paths so that people are exposed to obstacles where they park and where they walk. The equipment poses safety risks for employees and customers alike and when all you’re trying to do is get your windows cleaned or something fixed on the side of your building, it’s not something that you should have to worry about. And yet it is. Rope access is unobtrusive and business continues as usual.

Exterior building maintenance is as easy to perform as you allow it to be. While rope access may look like a dangerous option, it is actually the safest method for handling heights. IRATA, the trade governing body, ensures that technicians have gone through specific training and are certified. Access is thorough so the entire building is covered instead of having limitations set. There are no restrictions to where the technicians can go so they can go everywhere that the shape of the building requires.

The next time your building needs some exterior maintenance and you want the entire building to get that attention, rope access will be the best option. It will get the job done the right way in less time and at a less cost.

Exterior Building Maintenance using Rope Access



How Safe is Your Inspection ?

How Safe is Your Inspection ?

When there’s a safety inspection to perform in a difficult access place, it often involves surveying from the ground level. Why is that? Because getting to the hard to reach places are just that – hard. As a result, however, the building inspections are not very accurate; estimations are made but you don’t truly know if you can trust them…

Rope Access Skills and Training

Rope Access Skills and Training

When you’ve got rope access technicians working at twenty stories off of the ground maintaining your building, experience is everything.
Rope access is becoming a very important aspect of exterior building maintenance because of the savings in cost; but the reason that rope access specialists have got everyone’s attention is because they are skilled trades and abseilers combined.

Scaffolding versus Rope Access

Scaffolding versus Rope Access

When you need building maintenance completed and the building is taller than just a few stories, there are usually only two options available to get high access: scaffolding hire or a rope access company. There are costs that are involved with any kind of building maintenance, so it’s important to look at the two options carefully to see why rope access is so much more affordable.

Special Skills for Special Jobs

Special Skills for Special Jobs

There are times when a company working at height needs something specialised. A scaffold isn’t always going to help get the job done because the time to set up the scaffolding defeats the idea of getting the job done quickly. And a cherry picker simply can’t get high enough to access some buildings. In these circumstances, the only ones that can the job done are rope access companies.

Maintaining a Modern High Rise or Tall Building

Maintaining a Modern High Rise or Tall Building

There are many specific maintenance tasks on a high rise that need to be regularly accomplished, including window cleaning, inspections and even structural repair. There are challenges that arise simply from the maintenance solutions that are set up to help, including the cost of maintenance, the obtrusiveness of equipment required and the security risks.

Save Money on Building Surveys

Save Money on Building Surveys

A building survey is an important preliminary step to doing any kind of building repair work and when it’s done accurately, the cost is invaluable. Without a proper building survey, however, many maintenance companies will hire scaffolding, spending money that is unnecessary, only to discover that they haven’t been able to fully…

Safety Myths About Rope Access

Safety Myths About Rope Access

Rope access is one of the safest ways to carry out high access maintenance and repairs in the industry. The problem is, there are a lot of safety myths about rope access. While it may appear that rope access is dangerous, it’s completely safe. These are a few things that may help clear up the safety myths.

Types of Buildings where we can help you with our Exterior Painting and Waterproofing Services.

  • Apartment Blocks
  • Listed Buildings
  • Steelworks
  • Lighthouses
  • Office Blocks

Call us if you have a difficult access building or structure, whether it’s inside or outside, onshore or offshore.


How are you going
to repaint your building ?

When you need to repaint your building and the building is taller than just a few stories, there are usually only two options available ; erecting scaffold and hiring ‘traditional’ painters or hiring rope access technicians who are expert painters as well. 

Then there’s the cost consideration and disruption caused by scaffolding. Compare this to the ease of using a rope access company and the minimal time it takes to get set up and started.


So how do we
paint tall buildings ?

We simply start at the top and work down!

All our equipment is taken up with us, and once we’re anchored safely onto our eyebolts from the top of your building, we start work.

Our extensive knowledge and experience in building painting means that we know what paint products to apply depending on the state, structure and location of your building.


Why use a rope access company
for Building Painting

Rope access avoids the disruption, cost, public safety risks and time delay (of assembling and dismantling) scaffolding. We are able to reach every part of your building with relative ease and safely, providing you with a professional finish.

Using Sussex Rope Access to paint your building will prove efficient, fast and cost effective.

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