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2 tips for those who need to renovate a dilapidated commercial building

If you need to renovate a dilapidated commercial building, you may find the advice below to be quite helpful.

1. Replace any fire doors that are cracked or splintered 

Most commercial buildings feature fire doors. This type of door is made in such a way that, when a fire occurs, it will expand and help to reduce the speed with which the flames and smoke on one side of it spread to the other side.

By impeding the flow of smoke and fire, it can provide those inside the building with the time they need to safely escape and ensure that the fire-fighters have a better chance of putting out the fire before it hurts anyone or causes serious damage to the building.

In short, fire doors play an incredibly important role in protecting a building and its occupants from harm during fires.

Given this, if you are renovating a dilapidated commercial building, it is crucial to inspect the condition of its existing fire doors and to replace them if they are cracked or splintered.

The reason for this is that if a section of a fire door is damaged in this way, it will not serve its function, as the smoke will be able to seep through the cracks in the door and spread around the rest of the building. This, in turn, could significantly increase the risk of the building's occupants suffering from smoke inhalation if a fire occurs.

Increase the size of the windows

Another step you may want to take whilst renovating your commercial building is to extend the size of the existing windows.

There are several reasons why this may be a good idea. Firstly, the presence of plenty of natural light in the building will mean that those working inside of it won't have to keep all of the artificial lights switched on during the day. This should reduce the amount of electricity used by the building's occupants, which will reduce their energy bills and benefit the environment.

Secondly, if the existing windows are small and you don't replace them with larger ones, this may create a dreary atmosphere for those who end up working in the building, as in the absence of a decent amount of natural light, they may have to work under the unpleasant glow of fluorescent light bulbs.

Conversely, employees who work in a bright, airy building that is lit by sunlight streaming through its large windows are likely to be happier and more productive.