Spring is the time for automatic gate maintenance

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Following a winter which has brought a whole host of wet and windy weather, now is the time to take stock of what damage this might have done to the external parts of your business. Roof tiles, fencing and signage may all be obvious victims of the harsh weather, but your automatic gates and barriers may also require some maintenance to ensure they’ve not been affected. Continue reading Spring is the time for automatic gate maintenance

Roller shutters and other security options for listed buildings

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We discuss the various options for businesses restricted by listed building status

If your business is situated within a listed building then the external security options can often be limited by planning permissions. However, just because you can’t have a standard roller shutter set-up doesn’t mean you can’t protect your business. We look at how you can keep your premises secure despite restrictions.

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Crime figures highlight need for increased security

Following the release of the latest national crime figures from the Office for National Statistics, A&C Maintenance are encouraging businesses to do more to protect their premises. The most alarming figure amongst the latest statistics included a continued rise in criminal damage and arson cases across the whole of the UK.

Last year there were a massive 548,674 individually reported cases of criminal damage and arson reported across the country, which shows a 5% increase from the previous year. Undoubtedly, businesses will make-up a large amount of these figures.

Criminal damage refers to any damage which an individual has caused to a property and covers a range of incidents that business owners may be unfortunately accustomed to. These include graffiti, smashed windows and, often the most damaging, arson.

Protect your business with roller shutters

The most effective way that a business can protect itself is through the installation of proper roller shutters. A&C Maintenance provide a range of roller shutters to suit your business’ needs and requirements and in doing so cut down the potential costs and disruption caused by criminal damage.

Here at A&C we have provided roller shutters and a range of other security door and gates for a range of industries. We have supplied both external and internal shutters for agriculture, commercial, education, health, retail and industrial businesses.

As well as protecting you from criminal damage, roller shutters are also vital for protecting businesses from burglaries and theft. When it comes to security there’s no room for compromise. If your business is without roller shutters then you’re missing the vital first line of defence in remaining secure. With 45 years’ experience, A&C Maintenance are one of the leading providers in South Yorkshire and the North Midlands. To find out more about how you can protect your business contact us today on 01909 568 010 or email sales@aandcmaintenance.co.uk.

Is your retail business prepared for Christmas?

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Up to date external doors and roller shutter maintenance could save you

The festive season is well on its way and if you’re a shop owner the chances are you’re well prepared. You’ve probably compiled your festive stock, finalised your opening times and sorted out your staff holidays. However, one thing you won’t be able to foresee is a roller shutter fault or much worse, stock theft. Luckily A&C Maintenance have some advice for retail business which will mean the only surprises you’ll get this Christmas are wrapped in gift paper.

Will your security doors and roller shutters keep your shop safe?

The most important function of any roller shutters or security doors is to keep your premises secure when you’re not around. This is essential at any time of year, but at Christmas the potential loss could be much greater if you have more stock. The demand for stolen stock is also greater at Christmas as burglars look to obtain Christmas presents for their own customers.

It’s important that you know that your security door system is completely up to the task of keeping criminals out. If you’re looking to install roller shutters for the first time then now could be the best time to do so in order to ensure you’re protected ahead of Christmas. We’ll use all of our experience to ensure that you have the best roller shutter system to suit your business needs.

Keep your shutters functional

The best cure is always prevention. Luckily our periodic roller shutter maintenance packages ensure that your shutter system is up to spec before any issues occur. It’s hard to know what the cost of a faulty shutter could be to your business, but if your doors don’t open at the busiest time of year then you might lose a lot of money. If your shutters are overdue for some servicing then you should contact us today before the problems occur.

24/7 Repair in the festive season

If you’ve forgotten to heed our advice about periodic maintenance then you might run into big problems, the worst of which could be your roller shutters failing to open or close. Luckily we also offer a 24/7 roller shutter repair service that operates across Sheffield and South Yorkshire. If you run into any troubles with your roller shutters then the best resolution is to call in the experts and quick!

Contact us on 01909 568 010 or email sales@aandcmaintenance.co.uk in an emergency or to ensure that your shutter is fit for purpose.

Preparing your farm for winter with roller shutters

Don’t let your industrial doors leave you in the cold

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When it comes to the cold month’s agricultural and farming premises feel the strain more than any other. The countryside location leaves farm buildings at the full mercy of the elements and in the harshest snowy conditions you can find yourself cut off from much of the civilised world. In order for you to keep your business and your land maintained throughout winter you need an industrial door system that you can rely on and a company that will keep them operational.

Protection from the elements

One of the first considerations that you need to make when deciding whether your industrial doors are up to the task is looking at how well it will protect your livestock and machinery from the weather. You should choose a door that is capable of handling heavy winds and remains fully functional in the snow. You should also consider how your chosen door integrates with your buildings architecture. What works for a stone barn may not be suitable for a corrugated steel warehouse.

Access in all weathers

It’s one thing having an industrial door system that will protect your business from the elements, but it also needs to grant convenient access when you need it. Choosing a system that is suitable for your needs is important and it’s why we’ll offer you advice at every stage. We’ll analyse a range of practicalities to find a door solution that offers you maximum convenience, whilst staying secure and protected against the elements.

Maintenance when you need it

Agricultural businesses and farms need to be able to function around the clock whatever the weather. That’s why it’s imperative that your security doors are functioning at all times. We have a range of periodic maintenance packages that will help prevent faults that will cause you major issues in the future. We also offer around the clock shutter door repair that will ensure that a faulty door won’t hinder your business or your animals.

Finding an industrial door with A&C Maintenance

With over 45 years’ experience in the industry A&C Maintenance can find an industrial door that works for your business. We’ve helped supply a range of systems to many agricultural premises and know the unique challenges that they face. Contact us today on 01909 568 010 to find out how we can help keep your farm functional, your livestock safe and your machinery secure.

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Chicago takes strange step to ban roller shutters

Leaders in the city of Chicago have caused uproar amongst shop keepers this week as they decided to ban the use of a number of security shutters. City leaders have left many shops open to the threat of vandalism after they decided the roller shutters were too unsightly for their high street.

The move by the city is the latest to happen in America as both Miami and New York banned the use of certain types due to them supposedly attracting graffiti. Businesses affected by the restrictions range from pawn shops, jewellers and corner shops. We take a look at a few reasons why Chicago might have got this one wrong.

Reason 1: Security Shutters prevent theft

Roller shutters act as a great deterrent against theft of all kinds. When your shop is closed, normal windows and doors can be relatively easy to break into, however roller shutters offer a sterner protection and many would be thieves won’t even attempt to break in.

Reason 2: Damage to building could be prevented by security shutters

When it comes to serious vandalism, shutters ensure that your store windows are protected at all times. Dealing with broken glass is no fun for any shop keeper in a morning and roller shutters offer a sure protection against such a scenario.

Reason 3: Protection of the public

If your store comes under attack for whatever reason such as during a riot your roller shutters can act as the final defence to protect shop workers and the public. All you have to do is roll the shutters down and your store will be impenetrable.

Roller shutters from A&C Maintenance

Luckily businesses in the UK aren’t affected by any such rules and have the full freedom to protect themselves against would be vandals. A&C Maintenance have a range of roller shutters which can help your business stay safe and we can help find a solution to suit your needs. Contact us today to arrange a quote or browse our site to discover our range of products.

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Latest case highlights dangers of poor gate maintenance

The dangers of unsafe gates were cast into the public eye again this month when a three-year old boy in Bristol was almost blinded by a manual gate. The gate sprung back and hit the young man in the head and hospitalising him.

Although this was not an incident caused by automatic gates, it still highlights the potential dangers that can arise as the result of improper installation of manual or automatic gates. Just last month another school child suffered head injuries as the result of poor gate maintenance.

A&C – Committed to safe automatic gate maintenance

This latest incident of health and safety mismanagement was reported by Gate Safe, a charity highlighting the dangers that improperly maintained gates can pose. As an endorser of the Gate Safe charity, A&C Maintenance are committed to providing ultimately safe automatic gate maintenance and installation from the outset.

We offer a range of services that will help ensure your gates don’t injure members of the public, something which might leave you liable for millions of pounds in damages. All of our gate maintenance services utilise industry standard testing techniques to ensure they satisfy the relevant safety criteria.

Our automatic gates services

Here at A&C Maintenance we offer a range of services which will help keep your automatic gates both safe and operational. Our services include: –

  • HSE Risk Assessment
  • Safety Accessories
  • Force Testing
  • Periodic Maintenance
  • Automatic Gate Repair

You can find out more about the individual services that A&C Maintenance offer on our automatic gates area of the site. We’re one of the most trusted suppliers of roller shutter and electronic gate maintenance in the South Yorkshire region with over 45 years of experience. Contact us today for a quote.

Should Your Business Be Protected By Roller Shutters?

 

Regardless of what kind of business you own, it is always important to put its safety first. Even if you own a garage, a hairdressers, or just a general high street shop, you will be able to benefit from having roller shutters installed. From the substantial extra security to the level of control they give you, there are a wide range of ways in which roller shutters can benefit your business.

Added Security

Security is the biggest reason why your business needs roller shutters. If you run a garage or a bank for example, the contents of your business will be extremely valuable. Burglars always target a shop’s windows and doors, so having roller shutters will protect them from harm. In most cases, burglars will even be put off just by the sight of the shutters and move along.

Prevent Vandalism

If you own a high street shop, then you will know how important it is that you are protected from vandalism. After all, your shop front is the first impression potential customer’s get of your business. The last thing you want is for the windows to be broken or for graffiti to be all over the door.

Our roller shutter doors in Rotherham will help you keep your shop front protected and secure so then your business remains presentable at all times.

Privacy

If you own a shop that has large windows at the front, you may find the lack of privacy a little irritating. If you own a hairdressers for example, you will possibly have quite large windows that give passers by a clear view inside. Instead of going through the trouble of removing the windows and installing smaller ones, you can simply have our roller shutters installed. Then you will be able to have the privacy you want whenever you want it.

Control the Temperature

If you decide that you want our quality insulated roller shutters in Sheffield, then you have the added benefit of being able to control the temperature in the workplace. This is something that will be of particular importance to you if your business has large windows that let in a lot of sunlight. If you work in a place that can get warm quickly, the last thing you want is your employees feeling irritable and lacking energy. Our insulated roller shutters will allow you to keep the temperature in your workplace at a comfortable level.

Roller Shutter Doors In Sheffield

Here at A&C Maintenance, we take great pride in our 45 years of experience providing the best roller shutters to a wide range of businesses. Our roller shutters maintenance services are also considered to be among the best in the business. If you are interested in getting a free quote from us, call us on 01909 568 010.

Protect your business from vandalism with roller shutters

 

Although criminal damage statistics suggest that shop front vandalism is continuing to decline, it’s important that your business protects itself against unneeded damage. National crime statistics suggest that 2015 saw a 6% decrease in vandalism, but there were still 1.3 million incidents across the UK. Make sure your business is not part of these statistics in 2016 by improving your shop security.

How will roller shutters protect your business?

There are a range of dangers that every business faces from vandals. Whether you’re situated in a busy town centre or on a quiet street corner there are a range of things that businesses have to protect themselves from.

Graffiti

Cleaning graffiti off a shop front is no easy task, but shutters can help protect you. Sure, you might get graffiti on your roller shutters, but the clean-up is far more straightforward than cleaning paint from glass. Once the shutters are rolled up your customers won’t know any different. Whether your shop sells high value stock or you’re a simple café or hairdressers it always pays to protect your windows and shop front from graffiti.

Smashed windows

Whether from vandals or thieves, there’s only one sure fire way to protect your windows from being smashed and that’s with roller shutters. In terms of broken glass, the cost of broken window panes can soon add up so protecting your glass is worthwhile. Roller shutters will also not only help keep your stock safe, but they’ll also improve your insurance premiums.

Un-needed cleaning

Shop fronts near local night spots can often come under attack at the weekend. If your shop is near bars, nightclubs or takeaways you’ll probably be all too accustomed with having to clean up the remains of the weekend on a Monday morning. One way to prevent this problem is with roller shutters. Protecting your glistening shop front and improve your insurance premiums with a new shutter system. We offer a range of shutters which also make it possible to see the window display when the shop is closed.

Roller shutters in Sheffield

Here at A&C Maintenance we have over 45 years of experience in protecting businesses. Browse the roller shutters that A&C Maintenance offer across the site to find one suitable for you. We also offer roller shutter maintenance plans and can recommend other security systems for your business. For more information on any of the services that A&C Maintenance offer or to gain a free quote, contact us today on 01909 568 010.

How to tell if you need an electric gate repair

 

Whether your business or home has a vertical or horizontal electric gate it’s imperative that it’s maintained. Heavy electric gates with strong motors can cause severe injuries or even death without addressing maintenance issues as they arise. Figures from the Gate Safe charity show that 18 deaths have occurred since 2009 as the result of mechanical faults with electric gates – the problem is a serious one.

Signs that your electric gates need repairing

There are a number of tell-tale signs that highlight the need for electric gate repairs. Should you notice any of the signs then you should address the problem immediately. Not only could the faults be an extreme hazard to public and personal safety, but delaying repairs could also increase the damage and cost more money. Keep an eye out for the following signs.

Rusting

Rust on any of the gate could be a sign that the gate is beginning to degrade. This can be a real safety hazard, in particular if the rust is located near hinges or mechanical parts of the gate. Rusting components increases the likelihood of parts shearing off and working incorrectly. You can prevent rust by painting gates, but any rust that has already surfaced on a vital component can be addressed with a replacement.

Rattling

If you begin to notice a rattling on your gate, either when it’s closing or when it’s stationary then you should ask an engineer to take a look. Rattling on a gate may mean that certain components require tightening. If parts are loose a gate may close quicker than it should which will create a safety hazard and damage your gate.

Stiffness

If the electric gate is stiff when it closes then this may also indicate a fault with the mechanism. You will notice a stiff gate if it squeaks, indicating unwanted friction somewhere in the mechanism. This will put more strain on the motor and reduce its overall lifespan.

Structure

Has the gate maintained its structure? There may be loose posts that are making it easier or harder for the electric gate to close. Horizontal electric gates might also be missing their resting post causing them to support their own weight and increase their range of movement. This will put extra stress on the joints and hinges and create worse damage to the gate over time.

Electric gate repairs in Sheffield

Here at A&C Maintenance we have all the correct trade certification to carry out electric gate repairs in Sheffield and across the UK. From repairing and replacing faulty components to dismantling old gates and fitting new ones our engineers can take control. For more information on the services that A&C Maintenance offer browse our site, or contact us today for a quote.