As commercial roofers in Atlanta we know that most industrial or commercial roofs get a substantial amount of foot traffic considering HVAC units and other structures are often located on the roof. Any equipment needs occasional maintenance, repair, or even replacement. On top of that, it’s a good idea to have your roof inspected for damage or leaks every now and then, which requires walking on the roof. Should you consider walk pads or a walkway?
Repeated foot traffic can result in damage to your roof. Whether a rock is stuck in a worker’s shoe or a contractor drops a screwdriver, any little thing can cause damage even if it is invisible to the eye. The tiniest puncture can result in a leak that will only get worse as time passes. Not only can a roof walkway or pads create a pathway to the structures on the roof protecting it from damage, it also increases safety for those who have to perform tasks or inspect the roof.
If the surface of your roof consists of thermoplastic polyolefin (TPO) you may want to consider TPO walkway pads which add further protection and a slip-resistant surface. There are also silicone-based products that are rolled onto the surface and look much like paint. Granules can be added to make the surface slip resistant – and you can place the walkways where you need them most without considering the design of the roof and how it may impact functionality.
You want your industrial roof to last for as long as possible while protecting your building’s structure and integrity. Which type of roof walkway may be best for your needs? This depends on several factors. At Kelco Roofing our Atlanta commercial roofing professionals can answer your questions and guide you in the right direction. Give us a call today!