FEBRUARY | BUILDING PRODUCTS
to verify compatibility.
Alongside cure times and ease of installation,
housing providers should also prioritise the
quality assurance associated with the chosen
system and the installation team involved.
Working with a supply chain partner that ensures
its contractors are fully-trained and carries out
site visits during the installation programme to
troubleshoot on any tricky detailing, check that
the project is being carried out to specification and
a high-quality standard, is essential. Only then can
the housing provider and the tenant be confident
that the new structure, roof and walkway surface
will perform to its prescribed capabilities.
balconies, the biggest factor is avoiding any
inconvenience to tenants due to restricted access.
While contractors will usually try to avoid the
busiest times for these heavily trafficked areas,
such as the beginning and end of the working
day and school-run periods, there will always be
tenants who need to access their properties in
between these peak times, including those with
irregular shift patterns and the elderly.
An experienced contractor will design the
programme to maximise access at all times, but
product specification can also help in this regard.
Specifiers should look for solutions that offer a
durability and a slip-resistant finish, while also
selecting a product that offers a short cure time.
Buildability and performance
In an ideal world, refurbishment projects on social
housing assets would simply involve a like-forlike
replacement of the existing finishes, however,
alongside the need to upgrade buildings with
higher performance systems wherever possible,
there is often also a need to repair the substrate to
maximise the service life of the structure, roof and
Successful repair and protection of damaged
or deteriorated concrete structures requires
professional assessment with an appropriate
condition survey and core sampling to inform
specification, ensuring that decisions on which
system to use and whether to strip out the existing
surface, or apply the new system as an overlay, are
taken on a best-fit basis.
The design, execution and supervision of the
repairs should then be carried out according to
technically-correct principles and methods in
accordance with European Standard EN 1504-9,
taking into account concrete repair and protection,
corrosion control and structural strengthening.
Ideally, the system used should offer a complete,
tried and tested solution from a single-source
supplier. Where this is not possible, it is important
One of the biggest
challenges is managing
the needs of tenants
This approach means that housing providers do
not need to worry about snagging, or return visits
which could be disruptive to tenants, because
the quality of the installation has been checked
throughout the project and the final walk-round
to sign-off the project and activate the guarantee is
just a formality.
Ultimately, the goal of all social housing providers
is to reduce the need for routine refurbishment
and maintenance as much as possible, in
order to optimise property availability and life
spans, reduce tenant disruption and manage
budgets. By working with supply chain partners
that offer a range of solutions tailored to the
specific challenges of the sector, quality assured
specification and workmanship and industryleading
guarantees, social housing providers
can be confident of a best value approach that
supports resident comfort now – and in the future.