Summer is well underway and that means it's hot, hot, hot on those roofs! During the month of June, we focused our weekly safety talks on Sun Related Illnesses and Sun Safety.
Preventing heat related illnesses:
Sometimes working conditions can create the possibility that heat illness could occur, these include air temperature, relative humidity, radiant heat from the sun, and other sources like equipment, conductive heat sources such as the ground, air movement, work load severity and duration.
Make sure your clothing is appropriate: breathable, loose fitting and light coloured clothing such as cotton. Cotton can be soaked in water to aid cooling. Avoid non-breathable synthetic clothing.
Drink water frequently. Drink enough water that you never become thirsty. Sip 1 cup of water every 15 – 20 minutes. Remember drinking large quantities of water, does not adequately replace the body's salt loss.
Watch for signs, designate a buddy and ask them how they are feeling.
When you recognize signs of heat illness in yourself or in a co-worker:
o Move them to a shaded area for a recovery period of at least five minutes
o Provide pure, cool water (as much as needed)
o Do not leave person, monitor individual until recovery is evident
o If the condition appears to be severe or the employee does not recover, then emergency medical care is needed.
PREVENTING HEAT-RELATED ILLNESSES:
Heat Rash: Wash regularly to keep skin clean and dry
Heat Cramps: Reduce activity levels and heat exposure. Cramps may occur during or after work hours. So monitor yourself, if you experience any of these symptoms after work, you should act appropriately. Get medical attention if needed.
Fainting: Reduce activity levels and heat exposure. Drink fluids regularly. Move around and avoid standing in one place for too long. Workers should check on each other to help spot the symptoms that often precede heat stroke.
Heat Exhaustion: Reduce activity levels and heat exposure. Drink fluids regularly. Workers should check on each other to help spot the symptoms that often precede heat stroke.
Heat Stroke: Reduce activity levels and heat exposure. Drink fluids regularly. Workers should check on each other to help spot the symptoms that often precede heat stroke.
How do you know? Let’s cut to the chase! Get an honest qualified opinion from multiple sources. This includes engineers, consultants, or qualified roofing contractors.
Schedule a roof evaluation!
Do some research!
The question is always interesting on whether owners or property managers have had a roof inspection completed within the last 12 months, and had the results documented. Not a lot of hands go up. Why?
Next to the foundation, the roof is arguably the next most important part of a building. No other building component takes as much varied abuse as the roof. The sun, rain, snow, wind… foot traffic, vandalism, chemical spillage, animal feces… the list continues…never forget the roof protects your assets inside!
Generally speaking roof replacement is only necessary for two reasons:
If issues are spread across the entire roof area and they equate to approximately 25% of the roof area, likely a replacement is necessary.
A roof replacement can be considered a costly inconvenience and should be your last resort!
WHY DO YOU NEED SNOW REMOVAL ON YOUR FLAT ROOF?
• Avoid excessive weight on building structure
• Avoid damage to building structure
• Avoid irregular ponding leading to increased leaks
• Avoid clogging draining locations
• Maintain safe work areas on rooftop and pedestrian walkways
It was 20 years ago that Alliance Roofing opened its doors for business and we're so excited to celebrate this milestone with our valued colleagues, staff and industry partners. Every one of you has played a key role in the continued success of Alliance Roofing and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support, dedication and loyalty as we move forward into the next phase of our journey.
WHY FLAT ROOF REPAIRS?
• Restore functionality of the flat roof
• Reinforce waterproofing capabilities
• Restore insulating properties
• Prevent premature roof replacement
KEY FACTORS TO SUCCESSFUL REPAIRS
• Owners should budget for roof repairs annually to ensure maximum life span
• Repairs should be carried out by a certified flat roofing contractor only to avoid repeat repairs
• Be proactive - minimize down-time and damage to the interior of the building
• Preform minor repairs consistently instead of costly major repairs
We're so honoured to have received Carlisle's prestigious Excellence in Single-Ply Award once again. We've installed and warranted 37,128,608 square feet of Carlisle’s single-ply roofing systems over the years and have completed 435 Perfect 10 installations as judged by Carlisle’s’ final inspection process.
This elite award is only given to a select few within the commercial flat roofing industry and is based on volume and quality of installation using Carlisle single-ply roofing systems. We are grateful for this partnership and proud to have been recognized for our commitment to quality and dedication with this distinction.
Commercial Flat Roof Cleaning is a crucial part of the ongoing maintenance you should be performing on your flat roof system every year.
Over time, bird and animal feces can build up and begin to corrode the membrane surface which compromises the integrity of your roof. Environmental debris such as soil, leaves, and tree limbs will begin to decompose and eat away at the membrane, or worse, can create plants with roots attempting to penetrate the roof causing costly repairs later on. Not to mention, accumulated debris can promote ponding in areas where the roof is not designed to hold water, rather than properly draining at designed drainage locations. With the absence of a proper Roof Cleaning Program, you subject your roof to many elements which can have a negative impact on the lifespan of your roof.