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Rope Access Versus Building Maintenance Units

The number of high-rise buildings across the UK’s skyline is rapidly increasing and with many more planned, the requirement for safe Façade Access solutions is at an all time high. So, what are the best options? Our specialists provide guidance on the benefits of maintenance via Rope Access equipment, in comparison to typical Building Maintenance Units.

Rope Access Equipment – The Pros

  • Quick to deploy
  • Ideal for straight façades and difficult to access areas
  • Ideal for narrow façades
  • Low material costs
  • Easy to retro-fit
  • Non-destructive
  • Cost-effective
  • Two compliance visits required annually


Building Maintenance Units – The Pros

  • Good for complex façades
  • Wide working areas
  • Suitable for two personnel
  • Reduced risk level


Building Maintenance Units – The Cons

  • Large investment required for purchasing and installation
  • Relatively large roof space required to house the unit when stationary
  • Limited options for retro-fit
  • Certification required after repositioning
  • Four compliance visits and one full service required annually
  • High maintenance costs
  • Risk of electrical break down


The right solution for your building will be entirely dependent on a number of factors, such as budget, maintenance requirements, roof space and façade structure. Therefore, our specialists recommend a Work at Height Site Survey to determine the best solution prior to providing quotations.


Related Products and Services

Expert Rope Access Services

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Façade Access Systems

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Facade Access Compliance Testing

Façade Access Systems used for Work at Height require compliance testing once every 6 months, dependent on frequency of use due to the load capacity they can support.

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