The Do's and Don'ts of Roof Access

 Things to consider when planning roof access.

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Do have easy access

We get to see many different systems as we travel the country. A recent site visit required me to crawl over a pipe, around a boiler and under a bar to get to the ladder to take me to the roof. While I was agile enough to get there, it would be difficult for a tradesperson carrying any tools and equipment. Plan to have enough space to get equipment up and down. You might come to regret it if you don’t. If space is of a premium, a fold down ladder can be a great option.That brings me to my next point.



Do plan your access

Remember the 6 Ps? - Proper Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance. Planning where your access system goes well in advance can save you time and money and make your system more functional. Consider the safest and most practical routes, what needs to be accessed and what doesn’t. We often find people will take the shortest route, so plan your access accordingly. You can avoid cumbersome safety lines by applying handrails to walkways if your access is within 2 m of the edge.

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Do raise your platform

Walkways applied directly to the roof can create damage by trapping debris and holding moisture. This will cause rapid deterioration of your roof. Raising your walkways and platforms 200mm or more off the roof, allows for water and debris to wash away, keeping your roof in good condition. The non-Monkey Toe walkway in the image was loaded with debris while the Monkey Toe ones nearby had none.

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Do ensure it is secure

If you aren’t accessing your roof internally, external ladders are a great option, but make sure they are secure and general public can’t access your roof. New Health and Safety rules are much more stringent and require you to ensure all access is safe. This can be done through a lockable cage.

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Don't use timber

While it may seem to be a cost effective option, harmful tannins will leach from the timber, corroding your roof. This damage will cost you more than installing a longing lasting system. Timber can also become slippery when wet, especially if moss and mould start to grow.  The damaged roof in the image was the result of timber walkways, and they had not been there for long

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Don ‘t mistreat your roof.

Your roof is designed as a weather shield, not to support equipment or foot traffic. Don’t expect it to be able to support a walkway or platform system.  Access systems that are incorrectly applied, or having no system and just walking over a roof can cause untold damage to your building. Be smart and get a preapproved system. Hear what a client had to say about tradesmen walking on their roof HERE

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Don't use heavy structures

While you might think they are safer, traditional heavy structures are costly; add significant loading to roofing structure and they also require more penetration of the roof. This creates more opportunity for your roof to be compromised and can void the warranty of the roof.

In comparison, Monkey Toe’s lightweight systems are equally as sturdy and safe without the hassles and costs of building heavy installations. Large projects have been able to significantly reduce roof loading by using our system over traditional structures.

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Do call Monkey Toe

MonkeyToe Roofing connections transfer all loading directly to the building structure, not the roof profile. Check out our unique fixing details HERE.

We have many years in the business and can provide assistance at every stage of a project from planning, through to design, construction and install. Give us a call today to find out how we can be of assistance.






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