Stop Using Your Roof As A Work Platform


Who’s Working On Your Commercial Roof?

Learn how to STOP damages to your roof caused by other contractors

Your roof is one of the most important parts of your building envelope, a fact made especially apparent during Florida’s rainy season. A leaky roof can cause much stress for a commercial property manager due to upset tenants, damaged equipment, and expensive repair bills. Your roof is a substantial investment that should be critically cared for all year round. But time and again we get called out to fix new roofs experiencing leaks only months after they were installed. Why does this happen? Did the roofer not install the system correctly? It’s very unlikely. The most common suspect is another contractor using the roof as a staging area to perform work other than roofing. There are steps you can take to make sure your new roof remains safe and leak free after replacement or repairs.

As a professional roofing contractor with more than three decades of experience, we always perform quality control checks and safety audits of our work to ensure projects are completed without issues. That’s because our owner is a big “lesson learned” kind of guy, positively enforcing “lessons learned” with the rest of the team, so issues don’t happen twice. We like to uncover the root cause on the first try. This philosophy guides our company and makes everyone accountable and committed to all of our projects.

Often times we come across a customer’s roof being used as a work platform or staging area by other contractors. These contractors can cause leaks due to their lack of experience and training working on commercial roof systems.

Common Issues Caused by Other Contractors

  • Improper placement of heavy equipment;
  • Falling tools;
  • Cigarettes burns;
  • Not throwing away trash and debris;
  • Heavy foot traffic in non-protected areas.

We’re then called out to fix a brand new roof and have to bill the customer for something that could have been prevented, which bothers us as much as it annoys our clients. Using the roof as a work platform can create many unforeseen issues for a building owner and Property Manager that can include:

  • Need for complete roof replacement;
  • Operations shut-down;
  • Unforeseen costs to fix the damage;
  • Stress trying to prove it was caused by the other contractor;
  • Legal ramifications.

Hold All Contractors Accountable

Just like our customers, we would like to see those who cause damage to the roof be held accountable and billed by the building owner. For that to happen, customers must take the following steps to ensure their roofs are protected at all times.

7 Steps To Protecting Your Roof

  1. Keep all roof access doors and hatches under lock and key at all times;
  2. Document who is requesting access to your roof and track time-in and time-out;
  3. Receive a copy of the driver’s license/ID at the time the key is given. Only return license/ID when the key is returned.
  4. Ask all contractors what work they will be performing and how long it will take;
  5. Ask all contractors what roof number they will require access to. If there are no roof identification numbers, provide a copy of your roof plan to the new contractor so they can plot on it and turn it in to show you where they will be working.
  6. Review the work area with your contractor before they leave the property to ensure no damage to the roof has occurred.
  7. If you see damages, document and report immediately to prevent further issues from occurring.

Have Commercial Roofing Questions?

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