Your Complete Guide to Rooftop Walkway Systems
Roofs are an essential part of a building. Besides being a barrier between the weather and your investments, they can hold important equipment like skylights and cooling units. You need to install an effective fall protection system in place for your safety and that of your employees.
A rooftop walkway system is one of the most important height safety systems that you can install in your rooftop. This guide contains everything you need to know about rooftop walkway systems. Please read on.
Trips and slips are common rooftop hazards, and it’s even more dangerous when the roof is sloped. A rooftop walkway system (for rooftops more than 2m high) will eliminate such hazards and protect you and the roof materials from possible damage. You may also need to install static lines or guardrails, especially when you or your employees need to work or walk within 2m of a fall edge for a convenient and compliant height safety system. They enhance the work efficiency of your employees as they’ll accomplish their tasks on the roof with minimal disruptions.
Roof walkways are essential regardless of whether your roof is a standing seam, corrugated, or made of a single-ply membrane. Plus, installing walkways will also reduce foot traffic on the roof (which can speed up wear and tear), and protect you against any legal action.
DIY height safety installations are not compliant. To achieve height safety installation compliance, it’s essential that you consult a professional installer to receive height safety certification. You’ll also need to have appropriate height safety equipment on your roof, and proper training on performing a DIY roof walkway installation. But even then, danger lurks if you’re not a trained height safety installer. And your safety should be the last thing you can gamble with.
Professional height and safety installers have an in-depth understanding of all the relevant regulations and safety considerations when it comes to height safety installation. These specialists know the correct methods of installation and will ensure everything is done safely and correctly. They can also provide height safety certification and design a fully compliant walkway system.
The following are crucial things you should consider before hiring a professional installer:
1. Non-Slip Surface
Ensure to choose a walkway with a non-slip surface to reduce the chances of slipping or falling when walking or working on the rooftop. Look for walkways with a grated or ribbed surface (or a combination of both).
2. The Weight of Walkway Material
You wouldn’t want to install a walkway that will damage your roofing material over time. It’s, therefore, important to consider the weight of the walkway material. Aluminium walkway is highly recommended by experts; aluminium is lightweight, durable, and strong enough to support the weight of your employees safely.
3. Presence of Guardrails or Handrails
Most rooftop walkway system suppliers provide the systems with guardrails or handrails - they’re an additional safety, especially for walkways to be installed in sloping roofs.
4. Prevents Pooling of Water
When it rains, water accumulation can be a significant hazard both to your roof and to you. You need to have a built-in drainage system for the walkway.
5. Ease of Installation & Maintenance
Invest in walkways that won’t require much time to install and a lot of care. Consider the material’s durability and its ability to resist corrosion & rust.