Guardrails Are The Single Most Important Piece Of Roof Safety
Guardrails and roof safety gear go hand-in-hand. In fact, you can think of a roof guardrail as the roof safety gear for short. All joking aside, guardrails are an extremely important piece of equipment under the category of roof safety gear. Roof safety gear is defined as any device that helps to prevent injury or death in some way. This can come in many forms, from harnesses to anchoring equipment like cones or sandbags. Even something as simple as a tool belt could be considered roof safety gear because it can help to protect people from falling off of a roof and dying on the ground below.
When someone mentions guardrails for roof safety, you might get a little defensive. But the facts speak for themselves: two-thirds of all fall injuries happen to people over 55 and most accidents involve taking care of personal business (you know what I’m talking about). That should make it clear that, when it comes to keeping your safe, a positive mindset won’t cut it. A positive mindset is an important part of keeping you focused and motivated throughout this process – but by itself, it isn’t enough. That’s why we recommend a few specific guardrail products.
What are guardrails?
You may have heard the term guardrails and have a vague idea that they’re something you ought to have around your roof. But what are they? What do they do? And why should you have them around your roof anyway?
Guardrails are essentially handrails. They help protect your structure from wind damage by stabilizing it with strong supports. Typically, guardrails for roofs are installed along the perimeter of the roof, starting at the eaves, and running up the sides to the ridgeline. They are typically made from galvanized steel or aluminum, where they can be hidden from view.
The purpose of a guardrail on a roof is twofold: First, it prevents wind from pushing up against your roof, which could cause structural damage. Second, it prevents debris from being blown into and over your roof.
Guardrails for roofs can be particularly useful if you live in an area that experiences a lot of extreme weather events such as hurricanes or damaging winds. Guardrails not only prevent wind damage but also help protect against other types of damage caused by high winds such as broken windows, flooded basements, and downed trees or limbs.
How do guardrails help you?
The guardrails are there to save you from rolling off the roof. However, you should make sure to use the proper stepping stones so that you can get from one side of the roof to another easily.
Without the guardrails, it would be hard for you to walk on the roof. You could fall down and get injured or even die in the process. The guardrails allow you to take a quick refuge in case you lose your balance.
But what about if you want to go to a certain place on the roof? In this case, using the guardrails is not a good idea because they can impede your progress. Make sure that when walking on a roof, you have somewhere safe to walk or sit down in before getting there.
Our free estimate is a great way to learn about our guardrails for roofs. We’ll come out to your home and inspect your roof, and give you a free estimate for the work. We then can schedule the work within a couple of weeks so you don’t have to wait long for the job to get done.
Guardrails are the key to a safer roof space environment
Safety is the name of the game when it comes to roof work. While working on a homeowner’s roof, one of the most important things to be aware of is guardrails. Guardrails are used to protect workers from falling off the roof, as well as from falling debris and other items. The same goes for any type of roofing work being done, including roof restoration and maintenance. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends the following guidelines for safe guardrail systems:
Guardrails must be built in such a way that they cannot fail or collapse even under extreme conditions. They must be built with heavy-duty materials that can withstand high wind loads and heavy snow loads, at a minimum.
Guardrails should be inspected regularly and replaced as needed. They should also be checked each time someone enters the area near them, especially during inclement weather. Read More article: NY times
Guardrails should not have any sharp edges or protruding bolts or screws that can snag clothing or cause injuries if someone falls against them.
Guardrails should meet all applicable codes and standards, including those set by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration).