How to keep your roof maintenance under control during autumn/winter weather

The autumn and winter months pose a growing challenge to commercial roof maintenance, both over the course of each year, and as weather patterns become more extreme in the longer term.

As the wetter weather of autumn sets in, roofs face their first test as any leaks that have gone unnoticed over the summer months are much more likely to become apparent.

Drainage is also an issue – including roof-edge guttering and drainpipes clogged by fallen leaves and other debris from the late summer.

Meanwhile as the winter weather arrives, there are even more complications, such as the risk of ice forming on roofs, heavy accumulations of snowfall, and freeze-thaw effects on pipes including drainage and water supplies alike.

All of this demands attention and with the risk of water damage when your roof leaks, it’s a case of the sooner the better.

The autumn of 2019 has already seen severe weather warnings and record-breaking hurricane activity heading eastwards over the Atlantic.

If you have any concerns at all about your roof fabric, or you simply haven’t carried out any routine roof maintenance recently, now is the time.

Solutions for weak or leaking roofs

Commercial roof repairs need to tick all the boxes, being fast, affordable, long-lasting and ideally causing the minimum of disruption to the premises.

For all of these purposes, a roof overlay system such as a cut to fall roof can be a good option, especially on roofs where the problems are caused by a lack of pitch.

Flat roofs naturally have less ability to disperse rainwater, as it does not naturally run off of a flat surface, especially if the roof has started to sag in places.

A cut to fall roof works by overlaying the existing roof with a watertight pitched layer, creating an angled top surface that controls rainwater run-off.

This can then be guided towards a particular gutter or drain, often laid along the centre of the roof rather than the edge, and the excess water is then drained away safely.

At hebs Group we can provide case studies of our past work in this area and have considerable expertise in ensuring roofs of all types are well maintained, waterproof and strong enough to withstand expected snowfall.

Together this helps to give you weatherproof premises for the coming autumn-winter season, allowing you to keep trading without any major and costly business interruptions whatever the weather.

We make it our priority to go the extra mile when it comes to building and facilities management, especially with hebs Flowtech – specialising in drainage and sewer maintenance for customers across the north, using innovative technologies and eco-friendly strategies for excellent results.

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What is the future of green field installations for 5G telecommunications?

A newly launched competition is to give up to ten rural locations funding totalling £30 million to trial new 5G telecommunications installations that could have big implications for the future of green field installations for the telecoms sector.

The competition was launched in late August by digital secretary Nicky Morgan, with the aim to pioneer ‘testbeds’ for 5G phone masts in rural parts of the UK.

She said: “In modern Britain people expect to be connected wherever they are. And so we’re committed to securing widespread mobile coverage and must make sure we have the right planning laws to give the UK the best infrastructure to stay ahead.”

At the same time, the government launched a consultation on planning rules for new 5G phone masts, which could make it much easier for mobile network operators to install taller 5G masts on green field and rural sites.

The proposals could see much taller masts become a common feature in rural landscapes; however, the ultimate aim is to reduce the total number of masts needed to give the same coverage.

By allowing taller and bigger masts equipped with a larger amount of supporting technology in one place, coverage by each could be greater, allowing smaller, older and redundant masts to be removed.

Installing 5G telecommunications in rural locations 

Clearly there will always be public concerns about installing 5G telecommunications in rural locations, so it is important to do so sympathetically to the landscape.

At hebs Group we have a huge amount of experience in green field civils and electrical installations for the telecommunications sector, as more come online, we will apply this knowledge and expertise to 5G masts of all sizes too.

Under the current government proposals, this could include several changes to new and existing mobile infrastructure:

  • Fewer but taller masts including mast-sharing agreements.
  • Strengthening of existing masts to support 5G and mast sharing.
  • Installing radio equipment cabinets without prior approval needed.

This last proposal includes both unprotected and protected land, although it would not extend to SSSIs.

In urban areas and rural residential communities, the proposals would also allow 5G masts to be built nearer to roads and located on buildings to provide better coverage.

For all of these emerging opportunities in 5G telecoms mast installation and the civils and electrical infrastructure required for them in green field locations, hebs Group will work hard to support the roll-out of 5G infrastructure and the mobile networks who operate it.