Will I need to scaffold the exterior of my building? Or can it be done by abseil or another method?


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What can be abseiled?

Almost any building can be abseiled however sometimes other methods may be more cost effective. Abseiling takes more time to complete the task than if it was done off scaffolding.

Cases where abseiling is most cost effective:

The higher a building gets the more likely abseiling is best option for cleaning and painting. Once the  anchors are installed on the building- apart from certifying them each year costs remain static. One building we priced recently saw scaffold prices of 230k and we could abseil it for another 50k of labour- (working on ropes takes longer to paint it). This made a saving to the client of 180k on a 450k job.


What is other access methods are available to help me reach my building? 

Cherry pickers, boom lifts make for cost effective means of access every time. Success with these is experienced operators who know the best way to use them and reach into spaces others struggle to get near. Some teams you see may be faster using scaffolding however this comes at a lot of extra cost.

How do I cover myself from a safety standpoint with abseiling/ boom lifts ? 

Your service provider will be able to provide you with a safety plan and a training record showing their men and the skills/ accreditation they have. This will lower your liability and remember less people are killed working on ropes and in lifts than working on the ground.

Ben Waite

Ben Waite

Ben has had vast experience in the painting and industrial coatings industry. Having left school to work in the family business has meant that his experience has been learnt from the ground up. Training of teams today is a large focus for Ben, and something he believes sets National Decorators team apart from the rest. Ben has worked in the waterproofing/ industrial flooring sector for many years which gave vast knowledge to the technical coatings industry.Having been head foreman on jobs of over 5000 man hours, he currently manages over 5000 man hours every month from an operations manager’s role.
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