5 Challenges Involved In High-Rise Window Maintenance

Managing the maintenance of windows in high-rise buildings presents unique challenges. This applies whether to council, housing association, student living or private residential blocks.  Window repairs challenges can start as low as three storeys.  They become particularly daunting when the buildings in question rise above seven . Recognising you have a problem with window repairs is the first step. Understanding the complexity and finding the right expertise for resolution is the crucial next step. This article delves into the common challenges faced during high-rise window maintenance.  We introduce a specialised solution that could significantly ease this burden for you.

Understanding the Complexity of High-Rise Window Repairs

Window maintenance involves ensuring their safety, functionality, and longevity.  At height, window are often difficult to access and subject to harsher environmental conditions. Here are the five key challenges that you might be facing:

  1. Access Difficulties: One of the primary issues with high-rise buildings is accessing the windows safely and efficiently. Traditional methods may not be feasible.  Specialised equipment like cherry pickers, scaffolding or cradle systems are often required, which can be costly and time-consuming to set up.  This makes early stage repairs and adjustments which can be done from inside the property vital.  Catching issues early before a window needs to be replaced can remove the need for external access.
  2. Safety Risks: Working at height increases the risk of accidents. Ensuring the safety of maintenance teams is paramount, requiring strict adherence to health and safety regulations. This challenge can induce anxiety, as the responsibility for preventing accidents is significant.  You need to consider the safety of the engineers working on the windows.  Working at Height training, Harness Training, specialist tools and fall arrest equipment.  All these add to workforce and materials costs.  Protecting the public below is also a consideration.  Large Areas may need to be closed, safety barriers erected.  In extreme circumstances, streets closed and traffic re-directed.  Again this significantly adds to the costs of the repair.
  3. Weather Exposure: Windows in high-rise buildings are more exposed to the elements, leading to faster wear and tear. The impact of wind, rain, and temperature fluctuations can cause issues like sealant degradation, which if not addressed, can lead to leaks and drafts, affecting the building’s energy efficiency and comfort levels.  Corrosion resistant hinges and other parts may be required in coastal locations.
  4. Parts Availability and Supply Chain Issues: Most windows in apartment blocks are installed simultaneously.   This means they age together.  However usage is different so they often require maintenance or replacement at different times. These windows may now be 10 or 15 years old. Finding replacement parts like mechanisms or hinges can be challenging.  Replacement parts may no longer manufactured. This issue is compounded when windows were sourced from overseas manufacturers.  This is a common practice in blocks constructed over the last decade. The lack of available parts can significantly delay repairs, or in some cases, make them impossible.  This leads to frustration and the potential for unresolved maintenance and safety issues.
  5. Regulatory Compliance: Ensuring that window maintenance and repairs comply with building regulations and standards is crucial. This includes considerations for thermal performance, safety features, and materials used, which can be overwhelming given the myriad of regulations to adhere to.

Finding a Specialist: Mila Maintenance

In the face of these challenges, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, confused, and anxious about how to proceed. This is where Mila Maintenance steps in as a beacon of hope. Specialising in window repairs and maintenance for high-rise buildings, Mila Maintenance brings a wealth of expertise and experience to tackle even the most complex issues.

Why Choose a Specialist?

Choosing a specialist like Mila Maintenance ensures that your window maintenance challenges are addressed with the highest level of expertise. Specialists understand the nuances of high-rise window systems, can navigate the complexities of access and safety, and are equipped to deal with technical repairs that general contractors may not be able to handle. This expertise not only alleviates anxiety and confusion but also ensures that repairs are carried out efficiently, effectively, and in compliance with all regulations.

Partner with Mila and SAFEKEEP Your Residents

When you partner with Mila, you don’t just get a service provider; you get a team that truly cares about your property as much as you do. We ensure all your window and door care needs are managed effectively under one comprehensive, expertly executed model – SAFEKEEP.

Survey (S): Detailed Checks with Tailored Reporting

Our engineers conduct meticulous checks on your windows and doors.  Firstly for correct operation. Then for compliance with health and safety regulations.  Thirdly, signs of water and air ingress. We also consider any additional factors requested by our clients to furnish landlords with a detailed report. Not only does this report spotlight areas that need fixing. It also serves as a tangible audit trail, showcasing safety precautions undertaken. Finally, the report proposes potential enhancements for the windows.

Adjust (A): Preventing Small Issues from Becoming Major Ones

The emphasis here is on proactive care. Windows require continual small adjustments to windows and regular lubrication.  This prevents minor issues from spiraling into bigger, costlier problems. Guarding against more significant repairs and, worst case, complete window replacements.

Fix (F): Swift and Uncomplicated Solutions

Our approach to fixing is straightforward and effective. Once a problem is identified, our team ensures it’s repaired efficiently.  We prioritise the safety and functionality of the windows and doors to uphold the comfort and security of our residents.

Enhance (E): Advancing Beyond the Basic Functions

Enhancements go beyond mere fixes. It could involve elevating ventilation to combat issues like mould or damp. Or escalating the energy efficiency of windows. Or upgrading security features. In every enhancement action, the objective is to boost the existing functionality. Enhancements may also prolong the lifespan of your installations.

KEEP: Keep your Windows and Residents SAFE

By engaging in long-term contracts, landlords can spread repair costs over an extended period. They gain preferential access to Mila’s responsive repair services. The ‘KEEP’ phase protects your window and door investment.  It is the scheduled programme of future safety audits.  This provides a steadfast availability of a repairs service when it’s needed.  It’s how you KEEP your resident’s windows operational over the long-term with all safety measures functional.  It’s how you prevent small problems becoming large expensive ones.

Learn more about how SAFEKEEP can benefit your properties. Contact Mila today to request our High Level Window Maintenance Brochure

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