Why a Rooftop Walkway Structure for Your Commercial Building?
Building owners are becoming increasingly creative in design and functionality as cities grow. Commercial buildings have become a common feature of urban landscapes, with multistory structures becoming an essential part of business and social life. One aspect of commercial buildings that is often overlooked is the importance of having a rooftop walkway structure. Design Components, Inc., the engineers of the gold standard, METALWALK® Rooftop Walkway System, highlight the many benefits of having a rooftop walkway structure for a commercial building.
Worker safety is of critical importance when it comes to commercial buildings. OSHA requires stringent regulations for fall prevention access to rooftops of commercial buildings. Unfortunately, accidents can and do happen. They can pose significant risks to those who use them without proper safety measures. Rooftop walkway systems can effectively prevent accidents, providing a safe passage for workers, repair technicians, and visitors. Walkway systems prevent falls and minimize the risk of slips and trips.
Rooftops are hazardous areas, especially during months of inclement weather when challenging factors are:
- Extreme Heat
Rooftop walkway systems provide a safe and efficient way to access rooftop areas. This is particularly important for commercial buildings requiring frequent rooftop maintenance activities such as servicing HVAC units, plumbing, and electrical installations. Roofing walkways make it easy to navigate from one part of the rooftop to another without constantly climbing over obstacles, which can be time-consuming and dangerous.
Prevents Structural Damage
Rooftop walkway systems are often installed directly onto the roof, providing an even weight distribution across the entire roof area. This helps to prevent structural damage that can result from concentrated weight in specific areas. Workers can be directed to particular regions providing guardrails for safety and keeping traffic contained only to where it should be. Adequate ventilation is also achieved between the roof and the walkway system’s flooring, preventing mold and mildew formation.
Rooftops are critical components of commercial buildings. A well-designed walkway system can add significantly to the aesthetic appeal of the building’s overall appearance. Modern rooftop walkway systems are designed to bring the most modern appeal to commercial buildings while complementing their architecture and design. In addition, these are seen as an added value to the commercial property.
Maintenance of rooftop areas can be complex, particularly if the terrain is challenging or the rooftop is obstructed by obstacles. Rooftop walkway systems make maintenance more accessible and safer, even in the most difficult situations. Workers are not forced to balance across beams or on hot/slick roof surfaces; instead, they have a safe and stable platform to work from. In addition, maintenance of the walkways themselves is relatively easy, ensuring they remain in top condition for long periods.
Rooftop walkway systems are highly flexible and can be customized to suit specific building needs. Customization often includes everything from materials used to the walkways’ color, height, and even width. This ensures an easy and seamless fit with the building, resulting in the best possible outcome for both form and function.
Employees often have to access rooftop areas for work purposes, and their safety and comfort are critical in this regard. Carrying tools and equipment needed for roof maintenance, readings, and repairs is far more manageable. Rooftop walkway systems are designed to provide a safe and secure environment for employees, which can positively impact employee workplace safety perception and job satisfaction.
Finally, rooftop walkway systems save building owners money in the long and short term. Building owners reduce the risk of expensive lawsuits and property damage claims by effectively protecting the roof structure from damage and preventing accidents. Proper installation and maintenance of rooftop walkways also extend the life of the building’s roof, saving time, resources, and money on roofing repairs or complete replacement.
Rooftop walkway systems are an essential component of any commercial building. They improve safety, access, and employee satisfaction, prevent structural damage, and save money. Regarding commercial building construction, walkway systems should be a priority. Proper installation and maintenance of walkways are vital to ensure that the system continues to perform effectively, contributing to the overall well-being of the commercial building.
DCI, The Leader in Rooftop Walkway Structure Design
At Design Components, Inc., we take pride in the engineering of the METALWALK® Rooftop Walkway System. Chosen for its high-quality materials, customizable design, and dedicated customer service, we continue to work to make METALWALK® even better. Our system can offer you ease of access with a rooftop walkway structure that is unique to your specific needs for your rooftop safety, employees, and building value.
Want to find out how a METALWALK® Rooftop Walkway System can improve the safety, value, and efficiency of your commercial building? Our expert, knowledgeable customer care team can provide you with all the answers.