Roofs are one of the most essential elements of every construction whether residential houses or commercial buildings, factories and warehouses. The roof supports the entire structure of a house and building and most importantly provides shelter from different weather elements such as rain, wind, and dust. Roofs are designed and built based on the availability of raw materials and prevailing weather conditions of the place.
Roofs in houses serve to a place where a family may go to enjoy wonderful weather or simply walk and breather fresh air. The roofs play a more significant purpose in commercial factories and warehouses as most of the electronic equipment such as HVAC (Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning) units, wires, cables, and solar panels are kept on the roof. The workers mostly need to be on the roof to carry out the regular maintenance and repairs of the electronic equipment as any breakdown would disrupt the work activities and waste the time of other workers in a factory or warehouse.
Roofs of residential houses and commercial buildings require regular inspection and repair because they are exposed to rain, wind, and sunlight and dust all year round which deteriorates its condition. Another vital aspect when constructing the rood is to install protective railings to prevent people in house and workers in factories to fall over and get injured. One of the key equipment that provides easy access to the roof is a roof hatch system. The roof hatches allow people and most workers to conveniently go on the roofs by means of a ladder or stairs. The roof hatch systems are available in various sizes and design specifications to suit different purposes.
The roof access system is vital in factories and warehouses as it provides safe and easy access to workers on roof terraces, lift machine rooms, solar panels, HVAC, window cleaning and cooling installations. The roof hatch manufacturers use high-quality materials such as galvanized steel and aluminum in making the roof hatches. One of the necessary accessory to prevent fall from roof hatches are ‘roof hatch railings’. The guardrails are required by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) to provide maximum security to workers and prevent fall through open roof hatches. The roof hatch railings and fittings are also made from galvanized steel and aluminum, durable, light weight, low cost and non-penetrating.
Many of the people in houses and factory owners find it hard to choose the best roof hatch system. The important thing to consider is deciding the purpose of the roof hatch and other aspects such as the size of the roof, the size of the roof hatch system and the type of the building the system would be installed.
- Size of the roof
You must first know the size of the available space you have for the roof hatch installation. Then you must know whether the roof hatch would you use to give access only to people or to move objects such as electronic equipment. The roof hatch in commercial buildings is usually big in size to allow workers to move easily with their tools. Many homeowners want a decorative roof hatch for their house.
- Size of the roof hatch
One of the factors is whether the roof hatch would be for personal use or moving equipment. In houses, the size of the roof hatch systems depends on the size of the ladder or service stairs. In factories, the size of the roof hatch is large to allow easy movement of electronic equipment, wires, and cables.
- Type of building the hatch system would be installed
For people in houses who want to access their roof terrace, it is better to install glazed hatches which not only give luxury look to your house but allows light to enter the room below the roof hatch system. In factories and warehouses, aluminum roof hatches are installed as it prevents corrosion and provides maximum resistance.
The roof hatch manufacturers install a high-quality roof access system with safety accessories to allow easy access to rooftops and roof terraces. The advantages of roof hatch systems are
- OSHA certified for safety
- Easily installed
- Equipped with railings to prevent injury due to fall
- Provide easy entry and exit from rooftops
- Designed to conveniently be open by one person
- Assistance in opening and closing the hatch lid with one hand
- Does not damage the surface of the roof during installation
- Can easily be attached to the ladder, service or ship stairs
- When open the hatch lid automatically sets in an upward position and do not close with a slight movement of the person or worker
Mr. Steve Matthew works as a repair person in a factory where his task includes carrying out regular inspection of HVAC and solar panels placed on the roof. He often writes about fall hazards and safety standards that many roof hatch manufacturers should follow to provide better safety and security to the workers. People can ask him questions on his Facebook and Twitter account.