Since industrial abseiling first emerged in the 1980s as a faster, more cost-efficient alternative to traditional scaffolding options, property owners and developers have found no shortage of applications to which it is suited. From window cleaners to facade painters and even building inspectors, crafts and trades workers of every kind can now be seen suspended from high rise buildings around the city. When it comes to choosing between scaffolding and rope access Melbourne appears to have made its decision.
One of the most common jobs for which industrial abseilers are called in is caulking. In this blog, we explain why regular caulking maintenance is important and how rope access has made the job faster and more affordable than ever before.
What Are the Benefits of Caulking?
Caulking is a type of sealant that hardens after drying and is used to seal gaps around doors and windows. We strongly recommended that you have professional caulking performed at least once a year as a proactive measure against long-term damage.
As with any structural component, the facade of your building needs regular maintenance. This allows you to catch any damage in the early stages before it develops into an eyesore that devalues your investment or even poses a structural problem.
Cracks and gaps are easy to ignore, especially when they occur way above eyeline on your building’s facade or hidden in the seam of a window frame. But even small cracks can cause problems. By allowing outside air and moisture in, cracks can lower the energy efficiency of your building, resulting in higher energy bills related to heating and cooling. Moisture can infiltrate the structural material and lead to mould and water damage. Industrial abseilers armed with a caulking gun can repair cracks, identify faults, and apply caulk to leak-prone areas such as window frames. This not only helps your building maintain a clean, professional outward appearance, it can also increase energy efficiency and structural longevity.
How Does Rope Access Caulking Compare to Scaffolding?
In the past, having any kind of building repair or maintenance work performed at height usually required the use of scaffolding. This meant first having blueprints and plans drawn up, then constructing the scaffolding structure, and finally having it dismantled after the work had been completed. With so many steps involved, it’s easy to see how this could end up consuming a great deal of time and money.
There are some circumstances in which rope access may not be a suitable option due to a lack of anchor points on site or other factors specific to a given job, and in these situations scaffolding remains a valuable tool. However, in the last several decades, scaffolding has been usurped by industrial abseiling as the default option for working at height.
Not only is rope access much faster than scaffolding, but it is also cheaper and less invasive.
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