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Is Your Commercial Roof Safety Plan Up to Code?

Published by Andrew Schmidt

Commercial roof safety is crucial for the stability of the building and protects people and equipment inside it. There are many parts of roof safety to consider, from the overhangs to the drainage systems. Of course, an older building may not be up to code with contemporary safety guidelines. Follow these tips if your building is not up to code.

Illinois Commercial Construction Safety Codes

Illinois passed the minimum public commercial construction codes under Public Act 101-369. This Act mandates that all private commercial construction is subject to all model building code requirements. Each municipality and county can adopt a model code of their choosing or accept the model codes by default.

Commercial Roofing Guidelines

With that said, follow all safety guidelines and adhere to the state construction codes to maintain structural integrity. Specifically, these roof system guidelines apply to

  • Proper insulation installation
  • Type of roofing materials
  • Steep slope roofs
  • Drainage spouts, downspouts, and gutters
  • Weather protection
  • Roof coatings
  • Radiant barriers
  • Above-deck roof structures
  • Reroofing

Granted, this is a lot of information. Building owners and managers may not have the accessibility, time, or resources to undergo improvements or renovations to maintain quality building standards. In this case, it helps to have a reliable roofing company that understands all the safety codes and handles all repairs, maintenance, and installation projects.

Safety Checklist

A stable roof promotes energy efficiency, safety, and structural stability. Therefore, every commercial building must have a proper safety checklist. Professional roofers will have the knowledge and experience to install proper safety and accessibility standards across on the rooftop, such as

  • Access ladders
  • Roof hatch rails
  • Safety training
  • Heavy equipment training
  • Fall protection system

Of course, any roof safety plan must also include personal protection equipment. This is vital for human safety, especially in warehouses, factories, and other manufacturing centers. A proper commercial roof safety equipment checklist should include

  • Hard hats
  • Gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Hearing protection
  • N95 masks
  • Fall protection equipment

Whether you’re using power tools or handling hazardous materials, personal protection ensures safety and security for everyone on the roof.

Showalter Roofing Always Makes Sure You’re Up to Code!

Showalter Roofing is the number-one commercial roofing company in the Midwest and Southeast United States. From commercial roof repairs to maintenance and installation, we’re always here to provide fast, affordable service for your business. If you’re having trouble with your safety codes, our licensed and skilled roofing contractors will inspect, install, and maintain the membranes, roof decks, and insulation for proper code compliance.

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Call us today at 630-499-7700 to learn more! As the roofing industry experts, we’re always available to fix your commercial building. Please call with any questions or concerns. We’re always happy to help.

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