By A Lee
Business Development Manager
Are you into building management? While there is no legislation in Singapore to regulate how often buildings' exterior (or external cladding) should be inspected for defects, building managers and owners should know the possible consequences far outweigh the costs of inspection and replacement. Here are some key thoughts:
1) Buildings last, but facades don't
Building structures are strong and with engineering advancements, they are expected to stand strong for centuries. In contrast, the exterior facades last for a decade on average. Think of the building as a human and the facade as clothes. The lifespan of a human can be 80 years, but the clothes usually don't last for more than a few years (due to wear and tear from washing). The same goes for facades being exposed to the weather elements. Is the facade material worn out? Is the installation done in a clever way to minimise the danger of panels falling even in the event of wear and tear? Are the bolts and screws rusty? Especially given the humidity and climate in Singapore?
Sharing insights on the wall cladding and roofing trade. Helping you understand more.