March 11, 2024



Priority: Safety First

Maintaining your roof is crucial for its longevity and performance, but it comes with inherent risks. Safety should always be the top priority when undertaking any maintenance task on your roof. It’s imperative to adhere to all safety regulations mandated by organizations like OSHA to prevent serious injuries or fatalities. Non-compliance can lead to severe consequences, including hefty fines.

Precautions When Walking on Roofs

Walking on roofs, especially those with steep slopes or in adverse weather conditions, requires extreme caution. Here are some precautions to follow:

  • Always use fall protection and necessary safety equipment.
  • Avoid walking on roof flashings such as gutter, rake, hip, or ridge.
  • Light Transmitting Panels (LTPs) cannot support a person’s weight, so never walk on them.
  • Guard all LTPs and roof openings.
  • Step only on the panel flat, directly on or close to a supporting roof structure.

Regular Maintenance is Key

While modern roofs are designed to minimize maintenance needs, they’re not entirely maintenance-free. Implementing a comprehensive maintenance program is essential to ensure your roof withstands severe weather conditions and functions optimally over time.

Instances Requiring Inspection

Inspect your roof after:

  • Fire, vandalism, or known damage to adjacent areas.
  • Exposure to severe weather conditions like high winds, hail, or heavy rains.
  • Other trades have been on the roof for any reason.

Leak Repair

Never resort to temporary fixes like caulk or sealants for leaks. Such solutions may lead to further damage and corrosion. Consult the roof manufacturer for proper repair procedures to avoid voiding warranties.

Managing Foot Traffic

Minimize foot traffic on the roof, especially on low-pitched areas. Heavy traffic can lead to ponding and damage. If regular foot traffic is necessary, consider installing a roof walkway system. Limit access to the roof, lock hatches, and keep a log of visits.

Effective Drainage

Proper drainage is essential for optimal roof performance. Take these steps to ensure efficient drainage:

  • Prevent water pooling by keeping the roof free of debris.
  • Avoid installing anything that obstructs water flow or holds moisture.
  • Redirect condensation from AC units and evaporative coolers away from the roof to prevent corrosion.

Regular maintenance and adherence to safety protocols are paramount for the longevity and performance of your roof. By following these guidelines diligently, you can minimize risks and ensure your roof remains in top condition for years to come.

Metal Minutes Podcast

Check out the Metal Minutes Podcast to stay up to date on news and learn more about frequently asked questions!

Find a sales representative