According to the International Building Code, (IBC) a high-rise is a building with an occupied floor that’s 75 feet or higher above the lowest level of fire department access. On average, a five-story building is 75 feet or higher and would be considered a high-rise. However, story height can and does vary depending on the building’s design and construction materials.
It doesn’t matter if your building is three or thirty stories tall, high-rise window cleaning isn’t something that can be ignored. Let’s look at three essential facts about high-rise window cleaning you should know.
Go Pro for Safety
More than 22,000 people sustain injuries from ladders in a single year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Setting up a ladder and equipment safely can be a challenge for anyone who doesn’t have experience or training. When it comes to window cleaning, safety always has to be a priority.
High-rise window cleaning is a specialty job and one that should be left to the professionals who will not only know how to set up to protect themselves from injury but also how to keep building tenants and the nearby public free from harm. You don’t want passersby injured by falling objects from the cleaning team.
Go Pro for Expertise
Not all high-rise building glass is the same. Many buildings, especially in our Cincinnati region have unique architecture and may have windows that need special attention and care. To maintain the beauty of your high-rise and the integrity of its windows, don’t leave the cleaning to anyone who isn’t a professional and skilled in caring for a variety of window types.
As with a residential home, the windows of a high-rise building need regular cleaning. Natural dirt, dusty grime, salt, and debris collect on exterior windows and if left, these pollutants can cause damage to the glass. We recommend scheduling high-rise window cleaning at least twice a year. Depending on the area’s weather and the location of the building, window cleaning may need to be more frequent. This is something that should be discussed with your professional window cleaners.
Regular window cleaning adds value and helps preserve the look of the building and is an essential item to add to the maintenance budget. Letting the windows go without cleaning can lead to long-term damage, which can then be expensive and time-consuming to fix.
When budgeting for your high-rise window cleaning, it’s important to remember that costs will vary depending on factors that include but are not limited to:
- Size and structure of the building
- Number of windows
- Types of windows (certain windows like stained glass may require special care)
- Level of dirt
- Timing (certain times of the year may find the pros more booked)
- Familiarity (contracting with a local business may have a lower cost)
Regardless of the size of the building, its architecture, and the number of windows, it’s crucial for high-rise owners and managers to look to the pros for their window cleaning needs. United Window Cleaning has served the Cincinnati area for more than 100 years, a family-owned business that knows how important it is to get the job done right the first time and without ever compromising safety.
Contact us today to schedule your high-rise window cleaning.