Tip of the Month
May: Fall Prevention
When working at heights, safety always is and should be a top priority. Ensuring the safety of associates and customers is vital for the success of a roofing project, and staying up-to-date with the latest in fall prevention and roof safety accessories is key.
Fall arrest and fall restraint systems are two types of systems that help protect individuals against falls.
Fall restraint systems are made to prevent an individual from being able to reach a fall hazard. These systems are used on low sloped roofs where the roofer must be kept away from a roof edge, skylight or roof opening. The fall restraint system allows roofers to work up to the edge, but restricts them from being able to go over the edge and fall. These systems consist of a full-body harness, a lanyard or rope grab and an anchor point.
A fall arrest system is designed to protect an individual after a fall has taken place, preventing the worker from hitting the ground. They must withstand more force than a fall restraint system and are most commonly used while replacing a deck and working on steep-sloped roofs. These systems consist of a full-body harness, a shock-absorbing lanyard, a retractable lifeline and an anchor point. The goal of these systems is to limit a fall to six feet or less.
A safety-focused project means not only keeping the crew safe, but also keeping you and your employees safe as well. From training, products, inspection teams and OSHA compliance, safety is always at the forefront of our business operations.
April: How your roofing projects can be completed
At CentiMark, the health and safety of our customers, associates and communities is our top priority during this unprecedented time. All of our offices across North America are implementing effective cleaning procedures. Our associates remain diligent in practicing social distancing guidelines and proper hygiene practices both on and off the roof. We have been adjusting our policies and procedures as new information becomes available.
- When we perform roof services - This requires little to no interaction with inside employees. Our associates are able to complete your roofing needs while staying in compliance with social distancing guidelines.
- We are taking extra safety and sanitization precautions - This includes heightened disinfecting procedures, utilizing self-contained washing stations and keeping a distance of at least six feet between associates.
- We will work with you to make the right decision for your business - This means we’ll take a comprehensive approach when inspecting your roof to find the best solutions to keep your building watertight during this pandemic.
- Our 3D Site Assessment Program helps you from afar - Our drone technology provides us the ability to fully evaluate your roof without any interpersonal contact.
- We are providing payment term options - We understand the uncertainty that this time may bring. If cash flow is an issue, we are offering payment term options for upcoming projects starting before June 15, 2020.
Whether it’s a roof leak, safety concern or major roof repair CentiMark has you covered. We’re dedicated to helping keep businesses up and running and are taking every precaution to ensure that we keep our customers and associates as safe as possible.
March: Safety Inspections
Safety Inspections are Important!
We recommend regular safety inspections of your roof to make sure that your building is always as safe as possible. Now that the weather is beginning to warm up, this is a great time to evaluate your safety protocols to make sure that you are all up-to date on safety compliance this year.
A staff of full-time safety specialists can help conduct a variety of inspections to ensure compliance with OSHA, as well as Federal rules and regulations. At CentiMark, our safety staff conducts a variety of inspections including pre-job inspections, spot-check inspections and daily inspections. These inspections may be announced or unannounced to help ensure that safe work practices are utilized at all times.
We also provide safety accessories to help keep your roof safe for your employees and any other contractors that need to get on your roof. Some of these include roof hatches, safety rails, walk pads and skylight screens. We’ll work with you to ensure compliance and to protect you, your assets, employees and CentiMark crews.
Ready to make your roof as safe as possible? We’d love to help. Consider a safety inspection this spring and gain a peace of mind knowing that you’re taking the proper steps to keep your employees safe and your building in great shape.
At CentiMark, we take safety very seriously.
February: Interior Inspection Post Winter
Whether you’ve experienced snow, ice, rain, freezing temperatures or all of the above this winter, we always recommend that you do an interior inspection of your building to check on the condition of your roof.
Problem areas on your roof can often be detected from the inside of your building before you may notice anything on the outside. We recommend doing a thorough visual inspection of your ceilings, underdeck and walls to check for signs of water damage, mold and mildew or leaks.
If you suspect your roof might have sustained damage from the weather this winter, a professional inspection can help you to identify any problems. Now is an excellent time to schedule an inspection before peak roofing season is here. This inspection will include photos, written documentation and recommendations for repair or replacement.
Not only will an inspection help you to better understand the condition of your roof, but it can also help you to identify additional services that may be beneficial to your roof.
January: Winter Weather Tips
The winter can bring a lot of stress to your roof. From snow and ice to changes in temperature and high winds, winter weather can put your roof through a lot. We’re breaking down our top winter weather tips to help you protect your building and employees all while avoiding the consequences of water damage caused by harsh weather. Check it out!
Get your roof inspected.
No matter what time of year it is, a comprehensive roof inspection is always a good idea. An inspection will not only help you identify potential roof problems, but it will help you better understand its condition so you will know how to be properly prepared when winter weather strikes.
Make sure your roof is clean.
Keeping your roof free of debris is vital when preparing for winter weather. Debris on your roof can lead to drainage problems as well as add unnecessary weight and stress to your roof during winter.
Schedule preventative maintenance.
Being proactive when it comes to your roof is essential. Avoid allowing smaller issues from becoming big problems down the road. Preventative maintenance programs can help to prepare your roof for changing temperatures and winter weather.
Winterize your roof.
Winterizing your roof means equipping your roof with the necessary products and accessories to help prevent any damage or hazards occurring from winter weather. This includes adding items such as snow guards to your roof to help prevent snow and ice from sliding off your roof and falling.
Have a snow removal plan.
Proper snow removal can help prevent clogging of drains, the formation of icicles and potential damage to your roof. Having a partner when it comes to snow removal means a peace of mind for you knowing that an experienced, professional team is there for you. Plus, you automatically get priority scheduling to help ensure that your building is protected after the snow falls.
Now you can rest easy knowing that you’re equipped with everything you need to protect and preserve your roof this season. Keeping these tips in mind will help you protect your employees and stay prepared no matter what the winter weather brings.
November: Snow Removal
Let it snow, let it snow! Heavy snow and ice can become a hazard to your roof if left too long.
Snow is much heavier than you may think; in fact, one inch of wet, dense snow is equal to 1.66 pounds per square foot. This means that if you experience 6 inches of this type of snow and your roof is 50,000 square feet, you have 498,000 pounds of stress on your roof!
Proper snow removal can help reduce weight, prevent clogging of drains, the formation of icicles and potential damage to your roof. This includes utilizing equipment such as snow rakes and de-icing materials to ensure that snow is properly removed.
Make sure that you have a plan before the storm hits. We recommend getting priority scheduling for snow removal so you can rest easy knowing that your building is protected no matter when winter weather strikes.