How do you safely access a commercial roof?

As leading commercial roofing contractors in the UK, we frequently encounter commercial and industrial roofs with complex access issues.

These include roofs at a very high elevation, as well as those that are in a dangerous state of disrepair.

Today we’ll talk you through how to access a commercial way as safely as possible.

Dangers of accessing a commercial roof

There are occasions when walking on your commercial roof at all would be dangerous. For example, if your roof is very badly damaged, it would be unsafe to allow any personnel to walk on it, even for inspection purposes.

Even if your roof is in decent condition, it’s good practice to walk on it as little as possible.  Foot traffic can crush and compact insulation, tear delicate roof membranes and damage pipes, cables and heating and ventilation (HVAC) equipment.

Damage to your commercial roof caused by foot traffic isn’t the only concern. Roofs are often wet and slippery, increasing the potential for trips, slips and falls.

A well planned roof access plan mitigates these dangers, allowing commercial roofing contractors to access your roof without damaging it or injuring themselves.

How can a Mobile Elevated Work Platform help with commercial roof access?

If you are experiencing problems with your industrial or commercial roof, the best place to start is to contact experienced commercial roofing contractors, such as ourselves at NWIR. We have the equipment needed to conduct a thorough investigation into the state of your commercial roof, without needing to set foot on the roof at all.

For commercial roofs that are particularly high, in very poor condition, or inaccessible for any other reason, a Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP) is often the best way to inspect it safely.

Here at NWIR, we provide MEWP roof surveys and diagnostics to commercial and industrial clients across the UK.

Capable of accessing commercial roofs up to 100 metres in height, MEWPs provide quick and secure access from a safe platform. All our MEWPs are regularly maintained, fully insured, and our operators are PASMA trained in their use.

Suitable for inspecting the vast majority of commercial roof systems in the UK, our MEWPs allow us to provide you with a comprehensive report on your roof’s condition, regardless of any access issues. This report will contain photographs of any problem areas, as well as our expert recommendations for maintenance or repairs.

A MEWP commercial roof survey provides the most convenient means of documenting the state of your inaccessible commercial roof. Our specialist advice will give you the opportunity to safeguard your business premises for years to come.

Get in touch to discuss commercial roof access issues

If you are experiencing issues with your commercial roof, but haven’t been able to investigate safely due to access issues, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our knowledgeable team.

To find out more about our MEWP roof surveys, give us a call on 0800 056 1500. Alternatively, you can send us a message using our online contact form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.