The horrors people work with in the office can be frightening. And we’re not even talking about your colleagues or your workload! We’re not referring to the tricks that will no doubt arise from today’s Halloween tom-foolery either. We’re interested in the office horrors that are all around you right now, that you probably haven’t even noticed…
Work environments are a breeding ground for germ horrors
Did you know that the average workplace desk harbours 400x more bacteria than the average toilet seat?
The excerpt below taken from this Desktime infographic illustrates some of the filthy facts from inside the average office. See the link for more office home truths – including the top five most germ-contaminated spots in the office: the phone, water fountain handle, microwave door handle and keyboard.
It’s easy to miss the dirty horrors at micro level on your desk but it’s also good to know that you can easily do something about it. Simply by keeping your hands and equipment clean, you can help prevent spreading infectious microbes like those that cause the common cold and flu.
These shocking facts about office hygiene show us the importance of keeping our indoor work space clear and tidy. But there’s more sinister thing to consider lurking outside…
What about the outside of your office building?
The onset of Halloween reminds us of some of the ghastliest horrors that office exteriors can show.
The horrifying truth is that there is poor quality, sub-standard and unsafe cladding still in use today. In the worst extreme, we all know the hazardous reality of old buildings having flammable cladding and insulation – just as the Grenfell Tower fire tragedy proved in June 2017. Building regulations banning the use of combustible external wall systems have since been enforced for all buildings over 18 metres high as well as hospitals, care homes and student accommodation. And yet a universal ban on these flammable materials has still to be announced. So, just as Matt Wrack, General Secretary of the Fire Brigades Union has said, this ultimately means that until that time, there are still some buildings up and down the country that are considered “unsafe”.
The horrors of damage becoming damaging
Damage caused to a building’s exterior can become a horror story if left unrepaired –whether that’s the cladding, curtain walling, façade, window frames, roof or any type of architectural fixings. Over time, even the smallest damage can deteriorate with exposure from the seasons’ elements. And the longer it’s left, the worse the extent of the damage becomes, which can result in harm to the interior beneath the original damaged area or even cause a complete failure of the original damaged material itself.
Here at Buckingham Coatings we’ve seen examples of this on industrial roofing and cladding panels. That’s why we always advise business owners to be quick to repair, rather than have to replace if they can help it.
You can easily identify failed factory finishes on roofing and cladding from signs of blistering, de-laminating or spot corrosion. If you see evidence of this, act immediately to get a professional re-spray or re-coat to restore it.
Keeping it clean with regular upkeep
Just as it’s important to keep the indoor work space clear and tidy, the same applies to the outside of your office building.
Regular upkeep from roofing and cladding cleaning not only help to improve the lifespan of your building by removing corrosive dirt and grime but can also help to identify any damage so that repairs can be done rather than having to make costly replacements later.
Ghastly colourful tales
There’s a lot to be said for choosing the right company to maintain and refurbish your building. In just the same way your business does due diligence on your choice of interior cleaner, the same approach should be taken with your exterior maintenance company.
Buckingham Coatings is often called in to repair work that’s already been attempted by another cladding or roofing coatings company. We’ve seen some shocking colour matches and had to smooth out several “so-called” cladding repairs in our time.
No more property maintenance shockers
Our restoration and reparation work is available on all types of cladding and roofing as a stand-alone one-off service, or as part of a continued program of care and repair. Whatever you choose, we will tailor the service to the way that works best for your business.
So, if you need us to match a British Standard, RAL or pantone colour, want us to work with other contractors on your project, or prefer that we complete work outside of your business’ operating hours, we can do it. We have such confidence in the quality of our work that we provide a ten-year guarantee on all work we complete on your behalf.
Choose Buckingham Coatings
Choosing Buckingham Coatings for your exterior property maintenance promises a professional service and a high-quality finish. But don’t just take our word for it, take a look at the wide range of Projects we’ve done with customers across all industries in the UK and Europe.
For more information, or a quote, contact us on 01908 765 009 or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org