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Annual repair bills for commercial buildings can cause financial headaches for business owners who haven’t budgeted for the cost of maintaining the quality of their workplaces.

As a result of this, building specifiers are often required to factor in how easy it will be to maintain a building when putting together proposals for their build or repair.

Innovative protective formulas such as Oleonic could help specifiers to win maintenance or building contracts with building owners, councils and local authorities who are increasingly keen to keep their ongoing repair costs low.

Oleonic, an EN1504-2 compliant protective product, is suitable for use on all porous surfaces and is proven to significantly reduce the rate of deterioration in building materials. This decreases the number and extent of repairs needed to buildings and surfaces, helping to save money on maintenance.

Whilst not all maintenance costs relate to the state of a building’s porous surfaces, this is often a costly area for building owners and one they look to specifiers to help them control.

For many businesses, spiralling maintenance costs lead to them facing a decision between continuing to repair their building or spending money on moving to newer premises. For example, architectural experts have warned that it would make more sense to tear down the Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood within the next two decades rather than continuing to pay an average of £141,000 a month to repair the building.



“Ongoing building maintenance represents a significant outlay to business owners and sometimes the tax payer,” said Epicuro founder Professor Denis Chamberlain.

“Repairing and refurbishing the crumbling Grade I listed Houses of Parliament has been predicted to take up to 40 years and could cost taxpayers between £3.5 billion and £7 billion. This is just one example of where use of the right protective treatment, such as Oleonic, could reduce the impact of environmental damage to buildings and cut down on the frequency and cost of maintenance.”

27th July 2015