Blog posts of '2014' 'December'

Roof Coating and Roof Repairs

Roofing is permanently subjected to the effects of the British weather and it does not matter what material is used or whether it is a flat or pitched roof, it will slowly but surely deteriorate.  Your roof will gradually become less resistant to water, it will absorb some of the rain falling on it, offering lichen and moss a good opportunity to become established. These then cause further deterioration which can subsequently lead to the failure of the roof. Once water starts to get in, roof repairs become a necessity; see our services here.

Roof Cleaning Equipment

When should I repair my roof?

If the roofing material has already failed, the answer is obviously 'as soon as possible', however, it would be preferable to make roof repairs before that point is reached. On pitched roofs, inspect for tile slippage regularly, especially after spells of very poor weather. If your roofing material is metal or other corrugated material, check that all of the fastenings are secure and that none of the sheets have slipped out of place.

On flat roofs, check around the edges, cracking indicates the roof material is ageing and that it could be well on the way to failure even if the rest appears to be in good condition. If your roof is noticeably undulating, this also indicates that it could require repair. All flat roofs will show a degree of puddling i.e. you will notice standing water after rain, but this should disappear fairly quickly. Puddles that are persistent can indicate underlying issues.

Roof coatings

The fastest way to carry out roof repairs is to apply roof coatings such as our Bitu-Bond or Roof -Bond. If the worst has happened and your roof has already sprung a leak, Bitu-Bond provides you with an instant roof repair solution, simply spray it on and leave it to cure for a one-visit permanent repair. It can be used in all weathers and contains fibres for added strength and to enable smaller cracks to be bridged. It is an essential product for your maintenance crew to have on hand and it can be used to repair leaks in all types of roof, not just flat ones.

For non-emergency roof repairs, Roof-Bond is another cold curing bitumen based product. It can be applied to the whole roof by brush and once cured, it forms a tough, seamless and durable layer that expands and contracts in response to thermal or other movement of the roof without cracking. It too is a one-visit solution designed for use on any roofing material or type and it cures as fast as Bitu-Bond so roof repairs can be carried out quickly.

Roof Cleaning Work

For those of you who prefer to use an acrylic based roof repair mastic, we stock Acrypol. This is a brush-on liquid that is reinforced with fibres and has an excellent resistance to damage from UV.

How do I repair my roof using a roof coating?

  • Remove any flaking and loose material
  • Bridge any wide cracks using a suitable roof repair bandage
  • Dampen the surface
  • Apply Bitu-Bond, Roof-Bond or Acrypol
  • Leave to cure
  • If desired, once cured, further layers can be added.

Roof coatings have other uses too

If your maintenance team have a roof coating product in stock, there are many other jobs around your premises that it can be used for. Up high, it can be used to repair or reinforce guttering and gulleys, rendering them waterproof without the need for a lot of expensive and disruptive work.

If you have exposed steelwork, for example open sided outdoor storage areas, conventional paints will flake off within a year or two. Since our roof coatings are more flexible than conventional paint, they are an effective longer term solution enabling you to save both money and labour time.

Prevention is better than cure, keeping your roofing clean can prolong its life expectancy. Our sister company, APT-ICC ltd, cleans all types of roofing and guttering including aluminium, cast iron and plastic on all types of building, including factories, commercial premises and listed buildings.

To benefit from our roof coating and roof repair services, talk to us on 01495 308 048 now.

What is the Best Product for Cleaning a Factory Floor

This isn't the easiest of questions to answer as a lot will depend on the nature of the factory floor and the soiling that you want to remove. Here at APT, because we have a quarter of a century's worth of experience in commercial and industrial cleaning, we are uniquely placed to advise you. In our range of factory floor cleaning products, you are sure to find something to suit your situation.

Industrial concrete floor cleaning

Why clean a factory floor?

A dirty factory floor gives the wrong message about your company to both visitors and employees, it suggests that a sloppy approach is acceptable. Potential clients on seeing a dirty factory will have less trust in your products and your sales could suffer. Providing your employees with a clean environment in which to work will inspire them to take more of a pride in what they do, meaning a lower percentage of items failing quality control, giving your company a great reputation in your field.

Apart from the financial considerations, a clean factory floor will avoid health and safety issues - greasy soiling can be very slippery, especially when staff enter with wet footwear. Using the best possible product to clean a factory floor can therefore reduce the probability of accidents.

Cleaning floors in the engineering and automotive industries

The most common soiling on engineering factory floors is a combination of oil and grease binding together dust, swarf and other particles that have been walked or blown into the factory. The best cleaning product is therefore a degreaser. If the grime has been present for many years, it will require a water soluble solvent degreaser like Citracleanse, applied at a 1:20 dilution to remove it completely since it will be deeply ingrained into the floor. Additional spot applications of a non-dilutable solvent degreaser like Citrus RTU is the best approach where soiling is particularly bad.

Once it has been removed, and your factory floor returned to its pristine condition, regular maintenance with an extremely economical water based degreaser like Citracleanse at an economical dilution of 1:200 is the best way to keep the factory floor clean.

Another reason why citracleanse is the best product to clean a factory floor is that it will even remove rubber marks left by the passage of fork lift trucks and other warehouse vehicles.

Industrial Floor Cleaning

The best products to clean floors in food factories

As a manager of a food factory, you will no doubt always be under pressure to ensure that your factory floors are clean and hygienic. You require a powerful degreaser that is able to remove food-specific floor soiling that is acceptable for use in a catering and food production environment. Such products can be budget-busting, however, at APT, we understand that cleaning budgets can be limited so we have produced a range of products that deliver the best results at a price that enables you to control your company spending.

For areas that are bacteria sensitive, the best possible floor cleaning product is Ultraclean MB, an eco-friendly, odour-free and highly concentrated degreaser and sanitiser. This fast acting product meets BS EN1276 and is economical to use. 

For general food factory floor cleaning, the best product is PowerMax 2020 which easily removes fats, oils, blood and other food residues. In common with the other cleaning products mentioned here, it can be used manually or with floor cleaning machinery.

How to benefit from the best factory floor cleaning products

Simply talk to us at APT-ICC on 01495 308 048 NOW for the best possible advice on factory floor cleaning chemicals and methods.