Advantages and Disadvantages of Preventative Maintenance

Posted on November 30, 2015 in Building Maintenance

Preventative Maintenance

When it comes to choosing which method of maintenance you should perform, it is hard to choose between reactive and preventative maintenance. There are many different factors that come into play. Here we discuss the pros and cons of preventative maintenance.

Preventative is used to maximise an assets useful lifetime and minimise cost. Its purpose is to avoid unscheduled or unplanned breakdowns, where reactive maintenance is used.


  • Less risk factor- Because the equipment and your building are being regularly checked, they are at less risk to breaking down without notice. Therefore creating a safer working environment for employees.
  • Follows a schedule- By following a schedule, you are able to keep to a budget while maintaining your building. Also you will be able to keep track of all your equipment and pin point times when you will need to replace your equipment.
  • Longer equipment/building life- When equipment is being checked and maintained, it will be kept in its best shape, therefore extending its lifetime. With routine check-ups on building parts such as pipes, boilers, and roofing you’ll extend the life of your building as well.
  • Money saving-Over time, you will see that less money is being spend because you will not have to replace equipment as much, as well as dealing with last minute break downs. While there still may be some unplanned maintenance needed, the likely hood will go down when the building and equipment are regularly checked. Property wise, you’ll be able to catch roof leaks before they escalate and quickly repair them before mould and debris occur.
  • Less energy wasting- In general when equipment is not kept in the best conditions possible, it will drain more energy, hiking up your utilities bill. With properly maintained equipment, it will be saving you energy and money. While regularly kept lighting and cooling/heating systems will also help reduce the energy bill.
  • Less disruptions- With regular checks, you won’t be surprised when something goes wrong. It will be a quick fix because you will know what needs to be done. There will not be problems when it comes to closing down your property and disrupting your workers, if a large problem were to occur.


  • More money upfront- When initially starting a preventative maintenance plan, it will cost you more to regularly maintain equipment and the building, than it would be if you waited for things to simply break down.
  • Over maintenance- Because there is a regular plan, sometimes items may not need to be checked as often as planned. If this is the case, you can change your maintenance plan to checking the specific equipment or areas less often, while still maintaining a schedule.
  • More workers- Preventative maintenance require more workers because regular checks are a must. When compared to reactive maintenance, you simply need to call someone in for a onetime fix. Instead this method requires workers to always be on site and perform daily works.

Should you have any questions about the above please call one of our friendly team on 0845 604 1288 or for an overview of our building services please visit Protech Building Solutions.

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Our planned & preventative property maintenance services:

Building survey reports
Carpentry & joinery services
Drain jetting & maintenance
Drainage CCTV surveys & reports
Electrical – Periodic & PAT testing
Electrical fault finding & repairs
Exterior painting and maintenance
Fire door installation & repairs
Flood damage control & restoration
Floor surveys & repairs
General property maintenance
Glazing installations & repairs
Gutter clearance & maintenance
Heating servicing & maintenance
Landscaping & gardening
Lighting fault finding & repairs
Painting & decorating services
Paving repairs
Plumbing servicing & maintenance
Pressure washing
Repairing cracking or leaning walls
Repairing decayed floorboards
Re-plastering & plaster repairs
Roof inspections & repairs
Wood window & door repairs