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Facade Maintenance

Jon WindowSydney Facility Service provides and installs complete access systems and height safety solutions throughout Sydney. Our highly trained ‘work at heights’ teams are experts in ensuring your system is designed to provide compliant, cost effective and work efficient systems.

Sydney facility service leads the industry in providing complete solutions beyond conventional access. All systems are installed to Australian Standards, Work Cover Guidelines and Codes of Practice.

Sydney Facility Service offer full façade inspection and repairs to maintain your property and are capable of bringing it back to its former glory. Many buildings have seen better days and over time pose a danger to the public, with the risk of falling concrete, bricks or tiles. A façade defect report for substantial matters can then be provided to the building manager, which might include evidence of cracking, spalling, render delamitation, expansion joint failure and steel rusting or corrosion. Areas that may be seen from the ground signifying a deeper issue include rust staining or leaching, calcium staining or build-up, weeds or moss growing on façades, water leaks and paint blisters.

The key to maintaining the properties and strength of concrete is regular and systemised maintenance. We are able to service all your structural, spalling and construction repair needs in a professional manner. Our team of highly qualified staff are at your back and call to complete your project in a safe and competent manner. We take time to thoroughly assess the cause of deterioration before analysing and deciding upon what course of action to take. Our clients are offered a thorough customised report outlining the research findings.

Sydney Facility Service along with engineers provide full façade inspections via building maintenance units (BMU’s), scaffolding, swing stages abseiling and scissor lifts to determine the state of the building and its safety. A full engineers report is then provided to the client with recommendations. The utmost importance is placed firstly on making the building safe to the public. After which, Sydney Facility Service can provide you with all façade restoration services including render and concrete repairs.

Sydney Facility Service also provides façade cleaning services. High pressure cleaning machines are used to clean dirt and staining from buildings and can vastly improve the look of the building. This can be carried out on its own or prior to a full façade painting and Sayfa abseil access and fall arrest anchors. Our skilled rope access trades people and technicians travel throughout greater Sydney, one solution one company. From simple make safes or patching to complex project management, we have all your needs covered.

Knowing what maintenance is required

Every new building element is covered by a manufacturer’s or installer’s warranty, typically for five to 25 years, and that, commonly, these warranties require periodic cleaning to be conducted otherwise the warranty may be voided in full or part.
“Importantly, building managers need to understand what warranty cleaning requirements exist for their building, which may determine the cleaning methods and frequency. Life cycle forecasts should be aligned to capital works and sinking funds, all façade elements have a finite life and deteriorate or break over time, so building managers need to ensure budget allocations for both expected repairs and programmed maintenance.”
It is challenging for building managers to identify problems arising in a building over three storey’s, simply due to lack of access and inability to inspect.

 Signage

Sydney Facility Service use building maintenance units (BMU’s), scaffolding, swing stages abseiling and scissor lifts and booms to install banners and signs to buildings depending on your signage needs. We are also able to liaise with the client and provide the sign or banner according to their specifications utilising their own graphics or can provide design options.

 Painting

Sydney Facility Service can assist with all of your façade painting needs.

Whether it is a simple touch up job, intricate paintwork to heritage buildings or full façade renovations we will provide expert painters. We only use the best quality (Dulux) paints and tools and we liaise with the client and professional colour consultants and designers to ensure you choose the right colour, finish and product that are best for the job. We will also provide repairs to the façade and render repairs prior to the painting being done to insure the best quality results.

Water leaks

Sydney facility service are experts when it comes to Waterproofing and have experiences in a wide range of jobs including: Flat Roofs, Balconies, Planter Boxes, Retaining Walls, Wall Tilling, Concrete Sealing, Masonry Sealers, Epoxy Sealers, Caulking, Sealants & Non Slip Agents, Liquid Membranes, Torch on Applications.

Leaking windows and cracks lead to water ingress causing substantial damage to buildings and therefore large repair bills. Sydney Facility Service employs experts in determining the source of leaks by providing thorough façade inspections and water tests. Once the source of the leak has been detected we use only the best quality caulks and silicones to repair it.

In some cases more advanced methods are required whereby we liaise with our engineers and design custom made drip trays and piping to direct water away from the building and into drainage. Sydney Facility Service also works closely with glaziers to replace damaged windows.

Concrete cancer

Sydney facility service repair mechanisms include an analysis of the site by visual observation and concrete hammer testing. Following this, Sydney facility service repairs the deteriorated concrete using breakers to expose the corroded area of reinforcement. We cut around the affected areas using quality saws, taking care to leave respectable looking edges. In some instances we are required to hydro demolish areas using highly pressured water. Reinstatement of the concrete is then undertaken in accordance with required standards and manufacturer’s instructions. As a final measure, surfaces are tailor-coated after careful surface preparation and liaison with clients regarding need. Effective application of protective coating systems will ensure that the concrete is protected to slow down further future effects of corrosion, carbonation or physical damage. Concrete cancer is very common in existing buildings especially the ones that are along the Sydney coast.

Causes of concrete cancer

The porous property of concrete is something which can be affected by the quality of the constituent ingredients in the concrete materials, such as aggregate. Another cause is the presence of chlorides in salt water that enter the concrete after it is built, and cause corrosion. This is an issue with buildings near the ocean, such as beach apartment blocks. Other factors causing the exposure of steel to the elements include building defects, for example the concrete not being set properly, or not effectively covering the steel. Environmental factors such as the movement of earth under the building can cause the concrete to crack, thereby exposing it to the elements, or water soaking up from underground. Weathering and erosion of concrete, as well as exposure to chemicals such as acid or even bacteria can undermine concrete. Temperature and climate are also factors which can cause concrete to break down, as water can freeze and thaw on its surface so can concrete.

Preventing Concrete Cancer

Using less corrosive internal reinforcements like hot dip galvanized reinforcement is one option. Coating the concrete in a waterproofing membrane is another option, especially if the membrane contains chemicals which are resistant to chloride. The cost implications for building owners are dependent on the severity of the problem, the sooner the problem is addressed the less it will cost for the building owner in the long run. In some cases where the severity of the spalling (rusted steel with in the concrete) is so extreme it is not always feasible to repair the structure.

Why Rope

The traditional façade access methods utilizing scaffold, swing stages and hoardings are replaced by highly skilled rope access teams where the cost of the remedial works for, say, painting is now less than the cost of just erecting a scaffold. Industrial rope access provides a safe, cost-effective and efficient means of accessing buildings and structures for inspection, cleaning and maintenance. It offers an answer to accessing areas that in the past would have been considered inaccessible or would have taken an enormous amount of planning and resources to execute.
SFS advises that building managers and owners should use the services of a reputable rope access company to help them develop a scheduled maintenance program tailored to their buildings needs. Different buildings will have different problems. For example, non-porous materials like glass, Apolic panels and marble will develop different problems to a concrete façade.

 Latest technology

Other new developments in façade maintenance reported are pure water or de-ionised (DI) water systems and laser scanning of buildings. “Pure water or de-ionised water systems are starting to show a presence in the high rise markets. De-ionised systems use a highly filtered water to remove 99 percent of contaminants, which if left would leave a residue on drying. With (DI) systems, windows and frames are washed rather than using traditional mitts and squeegees.

A further development that is set to make façade maintenance easier and more cost-effective is self-cleaning glass. Self-cleaning glass can be especially useful for inaccessible windows, windows that are unsafe to clean and areas where organic dirt collects, such as roof lights. All building materials change size as their temperature varies, or as they are loaded or unloaded, there becomes a need to introduce movement gaps between parts of the structures.

Materials such as concrete, and cement products shrink over time after being placed in a building, whereas clay bricks expand slowly over a long period of time. The use of different materials and their different responses to changing loads, temperatures and moisture contents will lead to size differences between them. These differential movements must be taken into account if damage to the structure is to be avoided. This is done by the provision of control gaps or articulation joints between parts of the structure.

“Building managers need to understand what warranty requirements exist for their building, which may determine the cleaning methods and frequency. Life cycle forecasts should be aligned to capital works and sinking funds, all façade elements have a finite life and deteriorate or break over time, so building managers need to ensure budget allocations for both expected repairs and programmed maintenance.”

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