WALKING ON ANY ROOF IS DANGEROUS. SAFETY MUST ALWAYS BE TOP PRIORITY WHEN PERFORMING MAINTENANCE ON YOUR ROOF SYSTEM. ALWAYS USE ALL FALL PROTECTION AND PERSONAL SAFETY EQUIPMENT REQUIRED BY OSHA AND OTHER REGULATORY AGENCIES. FAILURE TO FOLLOW THESE REGULATIONS CAN RESULT IN SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH. YOU MAY ALSO BE SUBJECT TO SUBSTANTIAL FINES FOR NONCOMPLIANCE.
Always use extreme caution when walking on roofs with steep slopes, near roof edges, or on roofs that are wet or covered with ice or snow. Insure that all maintenance personnel are adequately trained in safety procedures and that all safety equipment is in proper working condition.
When performing roof maintenance, always take the following precautions:
Your new standing seam roof (SSR) is designed to provide years of protection with very little maintenance. However, no roof is immune to severe weather or completely maintenance free. To keep your roof performing as it should, a comprehensive maintenance program must be implemented.
Your SSR should be inspected periodically and whenever any of the following conditions occur:
Make sure that any debris or scrap left behind by the workers is removed from the roof immediately. Avoid using cutoff saws and welding equipment over the roof. In cases where this is not possible, the roof must adequately protected. A fire cloth is recommended. Items such as drill shavings, wire, metal scrap and other debris can corrode and damage the roof. Sharp pieces of metal, such as those left by a nibbler, can stick in a worker’s shoes and scratch the paint as they walk on the roof.
Mortar or concrete will etch the paint or Galvalume coating. Roof panels in areas where there is a possibility of any masonry product being spilled on them should be protected. In the event that the panels do have a masonry product spilled on them, they should be cleaned and the panels rinsed. Should any solvent or chemical be spilled on the roof, clean up immediately and thoroughly rinse the affected area. Panels should be cleaned with mild detergent.
Never allow workers to “fix” leaks by applying caulk, elastomeric membranes, plastic roof cement, etc to the roof surface. This is never a long term solution for repairing a leak. Surface applied caulks and compounds will eventually lose their bond to the metal. This will allow water to become trapped between the repair material and the roof panel, which will cause severe corrosion. Leaks at panel or trim joints, should be repaired by disassembling the metal joint and reinstalling the proper sealant between the metal layers. Leaks caused by roof punctures must be evaluated on an individual basis. In some cases, the affected roof panel may need to be replaced.
Always consult the roof manufacturer before initiating repair work. The manufacturer can give you helpful information as to how to make the repair and can give you a list of “Certified Installers” in your area that you can contact about performing the repair work.
Keep foot traffic to a minimum. Heavy foot traffic can cause ponding on low pitched roofs. This is particularly true just upslope from the eave and at endlaps. Always walk in the flat of the panel near a supporting roof structural. Do not walk on trim or in gutters. On bare Galvalume roofs, excessive foot traffic may cause black burnish marks. If regular foot traffic is planned for a roof, provisions should be made for a properly designed and installed roof walkway system.
In order to limit access to the roof, roof hatches or access ladders should be locked at all times. A sign should be posted at the point of access, stating that only authorized personnel are allowed onto the roof. In addition, a log book should be kept of all visits to the roof and the reason for such visits.
In order for your roof to perform as intended, water must properly drain from the roof. Following are things to avoid:
Ice and Snow Removal
Excessive ice and snow should be removed from roof immediately to prevent damage to roof and possible collapse. Do not use metal tools to remove the ice or snow as this can damage the paint and/or Galvalume coatings. Also, be careful around plumbing pipes and flashings.
Be extremely careful if your roof has Light Transmitting Panels.
THESE PANELS WILL NOT SUPPORT A PERSON’S WEIGHT AND WILL BE DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE TO SEE IF THEY ARE COVERED WITH ICE AND SNOW.
Additions to Roof
All additions to the roof, including but not limited to, roof curbs, pipe penetrations and HVAC units must be approved in writing by Safeway before work commences. All work must be performed by a Safeway “Certified Installer”.
Never allow your roof to come in contact with, or water runoff from, any dissimilar metal including but not limited to: copper, lead or graphite. Failure to adhere to this requirement will cause your roof to rapidly deteriorate due to galvanic corrosion and will void all warranties. Common abuses of this requirement include: lead hats for plumbing vents, copper lightning rods and/or cable, copper trim, existing copper gutter that drains water onto your new roof, and condensate from rooftop AC units draining onto roof.
Paint and Coating Information
Remove smudge marks from bare Galvalume. Formula 409 has proven to be somewhat effective. Lightly rub with a clean cloth and rinse with water. Do not rub more than required to remove smudge. No product will remove all smudge marks.
Remove rust stains. Soft Scrub has proven to be somewhat effective. Lightly rub with a soft cloth and rinse with water.
Do not rub more than required to remove stain. No product will completely remove rust stains.
To touch-up scratches in paint (not to bare metal), clean area to be painted with mineral spirits. Rinse thoroughly and dry. Using a small artist’s brush, lightly apply the absolute minimum amount of touch-up paint required to fill the scratch.
Use only touch-up paint supplied by manufacturer.
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