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Glancing up at your splendid structure you can’t help but notice organic growth appearing in a few places. On closer inspection, you can see a few cracks starting to appear in the stonework. Before long, you have an extensive list of stone repairs that need action.
Rope access for stone repairs might not be a solution you’ve used in the past, or perhaps you have heard about it, but were unsure how it works. Well, the Spectrum team have put together this short blog to outline why, in their humble expert opinion, you should be using rope access services for stone repairs.
Despite the best efforts of the highly skilled stonemasons who beautifully constructed the elegant building that you are now responsible for, the Great British weather climate will leave its unedifying mark on the stonework, requiring some form of stone repair over time.
Rain, wind, and sunlight will all create various effects that can leave the stonework looking rundown and neglected over time. Algae and other organic growths will thrive in damp conditions, which if left untreated, will lead to damaged stonework. Rainwater can bring carbon pollutants, or salt water if the property is near a coastal area, both of which lead to visible stains and cracks.
Stone repairs should always be carried out by expert professionals who can determine the extent and depth of any damage to stone walls, the façade, window sills, and so forth. In the event of cracks or stone deterioration, the first step requires the stonemason to match the repair materials to the existing stonework. The team at Spectrum for example will send a small stone sample to a laboratory to find a precise colour match and ensure the long-term viability of the repairs.
Cleaning organic and pollutant stains also requires a careful hand. Low-pressure, high temperature cleaning methods are used to completely remove the stains from its roots, preventing further growth and protecting the stonework at the same time. The Spectrum team will use either their DOFF or TORC cleaning methods depending upon the stains to ensure a safe stone repair service that returns the façade to its former glory.
Protecting the stonework is the number one priority during any stone repair service. However, many buildings require some working at height, which in the past have added increased costs and time delays onto the project, without always guaranteeing the desired outcome.
Indeed, there isn’t anything more demoralising to walk past a building of grandeur with scaffolding adorning the stone walls.
Rope access systems however can be used for stone repairs which have been proven to reach even the most difficult of places. The flexibility of rope access systems means a stonemason can reach in between statues, hidden corners, even church steeples, at a height where scaffolds simply can’t reach.
Highly trained stonemasons who have been approved to work at height with ropes provide an incredibly flexible stone repair alternative to ladders and scaffolds. Not only can rope access be granted during inclement weather, but the time and costs are vastly reduced as there is little equipment to set up compared to scaffolding or ladder access solutions.
Furthermore, using a rope access solution for stone repairs or restoration projects doesn’t create any significant disruption to daily business. Rope access systems can be implemented and dismantled in a fraction of the time compared to scaffolding without causing interruptions to the building's surroundings.
Rope access or abseiling is statistically the safest method than any other construction activity. The team at Spectrum uphold safety standards by requiring all our operatives to be fully trained to IRATA standards every 3 years and have high or medium risk confined space certifications. Site supervisors are also required to hold IRATA Level 3, First Aid and SSSTS certification as a minimum requirement.
This level of expertise provides reassurance to building managers and property owners that when we undertake a project, they can rest easy that it has been meticulously planned and managed in line with full regulations. With each project, we submit an extensive risk and method statement (RAMS/Risk Assessment)
Indeed, you may not know, but Spectrum Specialist Support is from a rope access background! During our projects we keep clients informed with regular photo documentation to demonstrate the workmanship in progress.
The Spectrum team is a passionate bunch who will turn their hand to whatever is required. From rope access roofing and repair services to window cleaning, leak detection services, at height or inaccessible glazing and repairs, and even gutter cleaning, our rope access technicians are ready and waiting for your call!
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