Your commercial rooftop is host to a number of added structuresHVAC units, for example, are common structures that require frequent maintenance and servicing. These servicing needs increase foot traffic on your roof which ultimately results in faster wear and tear on your roof or coating.
By installing walk pads, or roof walkways, in these high traffic areas, you are immediately lowering your risk for incidental roof damage.
Repetitive foot traffic has the potential to damage any surface. It is common for contractors to perform several HVAC inspections a year in addition to regularly scheduled roof maintenance or inspections. Dropped tools, small rocks stuck to work boots, and similar sharp objects can easily puncture a membrane coating. These punctures may be insignificant visually speaking but can lead to the creation of entryways for moisture which can ultimately lead to extensive leak issues.
Adding a padding or walkway mitigates the potential damage by directing the scope of traffic to a distinct and protected path. Installing walk pads, or roof walkways directly to and around structures on your roof significantly minimizes damage potential and creates a safer, anti-slip surface for individuals working on the roof.
Roof Pad Solutions
- TPO walkway pads. Your roof’s surface may already consist of TPO. It is a durable material that protects the structure. By adding these pads, you further preserve the durability. There are different installation methods that technicians may select, which depend on the manufacture of the pads as well as their thicknesses. Choose a self-ballasting product that does not require a heat-welding installation. Manufacturers provide a slip-resistant surface that allows for natural drainage.
- GACO WalkPad application. Envision the use of a silicone-based product that looks a lot like paint. Much like actual physical paints, roofing contractors can roll this material onto the existing surface. It is the ideal final touch for a coating. When you add specially formulated granules, it is possible to create the slip resistance the other products offer. What makes this option so attractive is the ability to develop walkways where you need them – not where the roof’s design makes them functional.
Walk Pads Have to Meet Installation Guidelines
When the GACO walkway does not sound like an option that you would like to explore at this point, remember that physical pads must follow specific installation guidelines. For example, you must leave six inches of space between seam welds and any pad. Doing so ensures ease of roof inspections of these crucial areas. Remember also to leave enough space for proper drainage.
Which Walk Pad Solution is Right for Your Commercial Facility?
While it is true that you do need these products for protection of the roof around the A/C units, you do have options when it comes to choosing the material and manufacturing method. Parsons Roofing experts gladly answer your questions and provide you with an estimate of the pricing. Visit us today to learn more.