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  1. Bituminous flat roofs: when you need to mechanically fix
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    Bituminous flat roofs: when you need to mechanically fix

    Warwick Badams, Fixfast,

    There are 11 fires on UK construction sites every single day, with hot works responsible for 15% of blazes on commercial and industrial premises. So there’s an increasing demand for contractors to use flame-free alternatives for fixing bituminous membranes to flat roofs.

    This infographic shows the 17 areas on a flat roof installation where flame free alternatives should be considered.

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  2. 10 Tips About Flat Roofing From Industry Experts
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    10 Tips About Flat Roofing From Industry Experts

    Jonathan Brown, Fixfast

    Constructing or refitting a flat roof might seem like a simple job – especially if you’ve been doing it for years. 

    But as we all know, nothing is ever as straightforward as we might like!

    So much depends on the design of the roof in the first place, whether the flat roof is part of an extension on a building, a living roof, or contains multiple skylights. Single-ply flat roof design and repair needs careful consideration – if best practice is not followed, this could significantly reduce the lifespan of the roof or lead to leaks appearing.

    Simple things such as how the roof is fixed can have a massive impact on the overall result.

    Read our 10 tips about flat roofing from industry experts...

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  3. What the Best Sheeting and Cladding Roofing Pros Do (And You Should Too)
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    What the Best Sheeting and Cladding Roofing Pros Do (And You Should Too)

    Darren Fleck,

    Want to be recognised as one of the best in the sheeting and cladding world?  Of course you do!

    When it comes to sheeting and cladding projects there are hundreds of different designs and scenarios that can throw up a whole range of problems (and genius solutions!). No more so when cladding a roof…

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  4. 11 Questions You Might be Afraid to Ask About Cladding and Fire Protection
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    11 Questions You Might be Afraid to Ask About Cladding and Fire Protection

    Paul Reeves, Technical Services Consultant

    Cladding. It’s one word that when used with the words ‘fire protection’ raises a lot of questions.

    Since the Grenfell Tower fire in June 2017, there has been a lot of debate surrounding the fire resistance of cladding. What should be done about fire protection in the construction industry?

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  5. How to Specify a Rainscreen Support System (Correctly)
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    How to Specify a Rainscreen Support System (Correctly)

    Fixfast,

    Specifying the wrong rainscreen support system can have far reaching consequences. These can range from the inconvenient, such as a system that is difficult to install, to the catastrophic, resulting in total rainscreen support system failure. Such a failure would not only put the safety of the public at risk but could have a huge financial and reputational impact on your business.

    Find out how to specify a rainscreen (correctly). 

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  6. Don't Risk Rainscreen Support System Failure (infographic)
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    Don't Risk Rainscreen Support System Failure (infographic)

    Fixfast,

    As building regulations are reviewed, the structural integrity of rainscreens is coming under increasing scrutiny. During a building’s lifetime, 85% of failures that occur relate to façades, and inadequately supported façades were found in 1 in 5 buildings inspected during a European study.

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  7. Roof Warranties: Seeing the Big Picture in the Small Print
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    Roof Warranties: Seeing the Big Picture in the Small Print

    Dean Allen,

    Dean Allen, Safe Access Executive at Fixfast, considers how taking a closer look at roof system warranties could unlock more value for building owners and managers.

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  8. Safe access in review: Fixfast’s roof risk assessment app for facilities managers
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    Safe access in review: Fixfast’s roof risk assessment app for facilities managers

    Dean Allen, Safe Access Executive, Fixfast

  9. Here’s what all Facilities Managers should know about rooftop maintenance
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    Here’s what all Facilities Managers should know about rooftop maintenance

    Dean Allen, Safe Access Executive, Fixfast,

  10. Why building owners should invest in height safety
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    Why building owners should invest in height safety

    Dean Allen, Safe Access Executive

    Dean Allen, Safe Access Executive at Fixfast, sets out the business case Facilities Managers need to make for investment in proper safe access equipment for working at height.

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  11. Working at height: what facilities managers need to know
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    Working at height: what facilities managers need to know

    Dean Allen, Safe Access Executive, Fixfast

  12. The Rules for Working at Height Explained (and why competence really matters)
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    The Rules for Working at Height Explained (and why competence really matters)

    Dean Allen, Safe Access Executive

    Larger fines and increased prosecutions have put more pressure on Facilities Managers to manage the risks of work at height. One of the factors that most influences the probability of an incident occurring, is worker competence. Facilities Managers have to ensure the person doing the job is competent, for both the task at hand and the roof type.

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  13. 7 Mistakes to Avoid When Specifying a Living Roof
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    7 Mistakes to Avoid When Specifying a Living Roof

    , Fixfast

    Here we take a look at some of the commonly overlooked issues we have seen in under-engineered living roofs.

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  14. How to engineer a Living Roof for long-term success (four factors you need to consider)
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    How to engineer a Living Roof for long-term success (four factors you need to consider)

    Jonathan Brown, Fixfast

    Jonathan Brown, Fixfast’s living roofs expert, highlights the need for engineering to protect the long-term performance of living roofs.

    It’s great to see the UK living roof market really taking root. With the sector growing nearly twenty percent last year, it’s clear property owners now recognise the significant advantages living roofs offer in terms of improved ecology and design. This growth means new jobs and a more progressive direction for the roofing trade. But I want to highlight an important and as-yet unreported issue that requires attention and mitigation.

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  15. Planning your next construction project?  Here's how to save time on site
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    Planning your next construction project? Here's how to save time on site

    Stephen Coppins, Customer Service Manager

    The recent ‘Farmer Review of the UK Construction Model’ highlights several severe issues that need addressing in the construction industry. The warning was stark: ‘Modernise or Die’.

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  16. New Penalties for Failing to Provide Safe Access for Work at Height
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    New Penalties for Failing to Provide Safe Access for Work at Height

    Dean Allen, Safe Access Executive, Fixfast

    New standards and changes to sentencing guidelines have been put in place for working at height, and these have put building managers under pressure to upgrade their fixed access and protection systems.

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