What To Consider Before You Plan A Commercial Renovation

Planning a commercial renovation requires a comprehensive understanding of both the constructive regime and the support needed to safely see the process through to the end. Though projects, like painting, masonry, facade overhaul, and installations at higher elevations can be difficult, when safely and carefully managed, your commercial project can be completed without a hitch. So, if you're in charge of planning either an interior overhaul or exterior renovation of a commercial outlet that will be operating during constructive efforts, there are a few things you need to consider before you begin.

Safety and Accessibility

For both commercial personnel, customers, and bystanders, safety is a huge concern in the process of construction. Projects can take months or years to complete, and often the commercial establishment must be both open for commercial access and construction simultaneously.

Using the right commercial scaffolding and support equipment to safely ensure the work zone of your construction team is critical to making sure that paths below are clear of hazards for customers and pedestrians while still allowing construction to take place. Take load limits seriously as scaffolding, ladders, and rolling towers that are used for construction support should be rated to meet the weight of all personnel and equipment being used during heaviest work. If you're renting swing staging equipment for work on higher elevations, always be sure that proper anchoring and counterbalance techniques are used that can support crews at maximum load.

Always be sure to maintain scaffolding, swings, baskets, and ladders with physical and protective barriers from falling objects below. Regardless of the type of scaffolding or support equipment used in construction, you should demarcate construction zones with signs near walkways that indicate work is being completed above.

The Needs of Site Management At Elevation

Though scaffolding is a reliable way to support even heavily-weighted construction projects at high elevations, high winds and inclement weather can be hazards that you will sometimes have to avoid--even when deadlines loom. Abide by OSHA guidelines and use guardrails as well as fall protection equipment, except in places where access is limited and the zone is controlled.

Scaffolding setup is based on a simple tube and clamp system, so you should always be sure to initially inspect your rental equipment for signs of corrosion, rust, or visible damage. If a rental company sets up your equipment, you should inspect the support structure before you allow construction, since you could be held responsible for damages that occur if you're overseeing site management.