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Choosing the Best Roof Hatch for Your Building

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Choosing the Best Roof Hatch for Your Building

Posted by Best Roof Hatches on 2020 Dec 10th

All commercial and industrial buildings require safe and convenient access to the rooftop. Equipment and other amenities located on the roof need regular maintenance. A roof hatch allows the installation and removal of large equipment in and out of the building. It can also protect the interior from outdoor elements and allow for proper ventilation.

Depending on the purpose and features that you want, there are different hatches that you can choose. You can pick from a wide array of materials and designs. However, installing the wrong kind of hatch can result in unexpected issues. Best Roof Hatches has some tips on how to choose the right roof hatch for your building.

Determine The Purpose of Your Roof Hatch

The first step is determining the purpose of the roof hatch and your budget. There are two reasons why you should secure access to the roof of your building:

  1. Access for your personnel and large pieces of equipment. Depending on the equipment's size, you can determine your hatch's measurements and whether you need stair, ladder, or ship access. If your panel is only for your personnel access, then a small, single-cover access door will be enough.
  2. Knowing the frequency and reason for personnel using the access hatch is also required. If your employees need to carry bulky equipment or tools on the roof, you should consider having a bigger hatch. Meanwhile, equipment access hatches are more extensive than standard hatches and come in double-cover models for added convenience. According to your specifications, there are many standard sizes, and some manufacturers are willing to custom-build a roof hatch.

Define the Purpose of Your Building

Aside from the roof hatch's purpose, the roof hatch you need depends on the type of building. For example, there are access panels specially made for high security on establishments such as banks, prisons, and embassies. These kinds of buildings require protected entrances and exits, which include roof access.

Meanwhile, some buildings are only for accommodations and general work. These buildings need aesthetics, such as hotels, restaurants, and workspaces. In these situations, it is better to pick roof hatches with a polycarbonate dome cover. They provide skylights and natural illumination that is both aesthetic and economical. However, those in a highly corrosive environment like chemical plants, aluminum, and stainless steel would be the best choice.

Consider Your Budget

Your budget plays a significant role in choosing the right roof hatch for your building. It makes sense to get quotes from different manufacturers of similar products. Keep in mind that quality should take precedence over getting a deal since a low-quality hatch can cause future issues.

Choose the Right Material

Galvanized steel, aluminum, and stainless steel are the most common materials used for roof hatches. But there is more to consider than just the type of material used.

Ease of Opening

Look for a hatch cover that can open easily upward if you are inside the building. Remember that your staff may need to open the hatch while on the ladder or stairs. Most of the time, their other hand may even be carrying tools and equipment.

Uniform Lift Assistance

Opt for a roof hatch that gives uniform lift assistance. You can ensure your employees' comfortable and safe operation by choosing a hatch that requires minimum effort to open and close.

Compression Springs

Compression springs also provide a counterbalance to the cover and result in a controlled operation even opening even if the hatch is large or heavy.

Automatic Hold-Open Arms

Automatic hold-open arms that will enable you to lock the cover in an open position. With this necessary feature, you do not have to worry about the surface accidentally shutting from a strong wind.

Protection Railings

There must be a protection railing for your roof hatch, especially for commercial buildings. Aside from being a roof access door requirement from OSHA, this will ultimately secure your employee's safety.

Best Roof Hatches carries a wide assortment of high-quality hatches, including safety railings and ladders that you can attach to your roof hatches. Give us a call, and we would be happy to assist with your selection!