Winter is a chilling time of year where all you want to do is cosy up at home or in a beautiful warm office. When your office or commercial building is looking a little worse for wear, there are a number of improvements that can be made to not only improve the aesthetic of your property but also the energy efficiency and overall running costs. Therefore, winter may be the perfect time to consider inside works on your commercial property.
There are a number of reasons to why you might want inside works completed during the winter months, one of the main benefits is it means you can enjoy your commercial unit or building during the summer months with minimal disruption to work. It also means you can help out contractors during this time of year, as the last thing they will want to be doing is working outside in the freezing cold, making it a win-win situation for both you and the contracting company you decide to use.
Read on to find out why we think winter is the perfect time to consider inside works and renovation for your commercial premises.
You may be surprised, but contractors are normally not stuck to one trade, they usually broaden their offerings depending on demand. After all they are entrepreneurs and often branch out into other aspects of their business; they may offer particular services in the summer and others in the winter.
If you are considering inside renovation, winter is the perfect time of year as you will often find a number of contractors will offer specific services during the winter months. In most cases, you may also find a company or contractor who can do all of the required work for you, which means you do not have to spend time and money on other businesses to help you.
Over the winter periods, this will often be the time where employees may be working from home and or out of the office due to the festivities. This may be the best time to bring in contractors to carry out work and will be less of a disruption to your business. Your employees can come back to a nice new renovated office, and you may find that this boost morale and makes them work that little bit harder.
Painting and respraying
Some people have the perception that paint can only be applied in certain conditions, however, they could not be more wrong. Here at CJ Coatings we have a number of treatments and coating options which can all be applied during the colder weather, a lower climate is usually more ideal than a warmer one. It gives the paintwork the perfect amount of time to dry and prevents it from drying too quickly. By painting in lower temperatures, the paintwork is more likely to adhere to the surface you are trying to cover whether this is wood, panelling or PVC and will be less likely to peel or flake. For more information on the benefits of painting in the winter read Fillo Painting’s blog post.
You will want to get most of your inside projects and have them done during the winter months. We highly recommend saving any exterior painting for the spring or summer. So before it is too late, you may want to think about contacting a paint-spraying contractor during the winter months.
Why consider a renovation?
As the new year is now in full swing you may be thinking about renovating your business. Your properties interior is fundamental to your business, as it is often the first impression someone has of your brand and what it is your company is about. If you feel your interiors are starting to look outdated, not in line with your business or you simply feel as though it needs a refresh, the first quarter of the year is normally the perfect time to consider a refurbishment.
The interior of a commercial property is often something that really is not considered when it comes to the way your business comes across to clients and customers. Most people often make a decision on a brand based on what they first see, so this can also be the time to consider a rebrand or having more collateral dotted around the office, or space to promote services and products.
Another thing to consider when it comes to a renovation is new technology, over the years technology has been the driving force of some business and has allowed them to cut through the marketing in comparison to competitors. So, it may be worth looking and what type of technology can help your business grow and develop in the future. All of which can be incorporated into your office or building refurbishment.
Productivity is also something you may want to consider, is your office or workspace a dreary and dull place to work? Could it be having an effect on the efficiency of your staff? Renovating can often be one of the best ways to boost staff morale, it also showcases to your employees that you’re invested in the business. Renovating can also be great in attracting new employees if your company has new interiors, fantastic office decor and new technology, why wouldn’t they choose you over someone else.
For more information on why you might want to consider an office refurbishment, we highly recommend taking a read of Areas article on what impact does the working environment have on productivity?.
The workspace: does it work for you?
Are you putting your workspace to good use? You may find that the current layout is not effective in any way and actually hinders the progressions of projects. Employees may have to walk from one side of the building to the other just to get approval on something, but the reason for it is the current layout. A disorganised workspace can severely obstruct work progress, so you may want to think about utilising the space you currently have and think about how you can renovate to improve workflow.
Work with someone who can provide you with the service you need and require. It can be an expensive task renovating your business office or building so you will want someone who can work to your specific requirements. If you are looking to move the office around and feel as though you need someone external to help with this we recommend giving Puffin Solutions a call, as they can help with all of the electrical work and IT project management.
Winter services you might want to think about
One thing many people may find during the winter months is corrosion of panelling through dampness and exposed moisture. Roof lighting can also be effective with severe damage, which is often caused by corrosive elements. A lot of roof lighting is coated with a UV protective spray, which over time can fade removing its protective abilities. Corrosion can appear very swiftly and will cause panels to deteriorate at a fast rate, which means you will want to react to this sooner rather than later as you may find yourself having to repair all roof lighting, which can be extremely expensive. By having the coating resprayed onto your roof lighting, you can increase the lifespan of the affected areas which means there is no replacement needed.
As a business owner or facilities manager, it can sometimes be a little tricky to know what services you need and when it is you need them. We have compiled a list of inside works you may want to consider having during the winter months, these include:
- Floor coatings
- Ceiling respraying
- Panel repairs
- Interior refurbishment
- Hygiene respraying and repair
- Colour change
- In-house restoration
- Antibacterial restoration
- Interior Cladding repairs
There are also a number of industries that would significantly benefit from having inside work done during the winter months which include:
- Service office buildings
- Office interiors
- Automotive groups
Renovating is a timely process and needs to be well thought out. You need to think about how it can help your business and improve your prospects. Your business building is one of the first impressions you make on new talent and also new clients; you will want it to look the best it can.
Check with contractors what works can be done during the winter months, more often than not contractors offer a variety of services, and you may find the contractor you use during the summer can help your business during the winter months.
By renovating during the winter, you are also keeping contractors happy. The last thing you would want to be doing is standing in the cold for hours on end repairing and working on exteriors of a building. So we find that contractors are a lot more productive when completing inside works during the colder months.
Outside work inevitably may need to be completed, however, if booked in during the winter months the weather can have a real impact on the progression of a project. We recommend to any of our customers who wish to have outside works, to book them in during the spring and summer months. This way we can guarantee your work will be completed within your chosen time frame and to an exceptionally high standard.