Wed. Oct 4th, 2023
Roof safety during

Our article appeared thanks to a letter that reached the editorial staff. He said: “I am in the process of building a house myself with an intricate acute-angled roof and I will cover it with the now popular bituminous tiles. But the workers refuse to carry out my plan, explaining that they simply cannot resist on slopes with a slope of 45-60. Are there devices for working safely on such a roof? “We tried to find similar devices.

It turned out to be both simple and difficult to answer the question posed by the reader. Simply, because almost all large foreign companies that produce flexible bituminous shingles, complete with, offer a variety of ready-made devices that allow you to work on roofs with almost any angle of inclination. The difficulty lies in the fact that such technical means can only be purchased without problems where they are produced, abroad. Not a single dealer supplies them to the Russian market: these devices, needed only for the moment of installation, are quite expensive (1500-3000 rubles), and therefore only professionals can afford to buy them. Consequently, neither the private developers nor the builders that they hire are not even aware of the existence of these devices and are forced, at their own risk, to seek an answer to the question of what to stand on when installing soft tiles. We will tell you about some of the solutions found by these “inventors”. However, I do not want to limit myself to listing them.

First option: put the tiler in sneakers with non-slip soles. This solution is suitable for roofs with a slope not exceeding 30, and only if the person is tied with a safety cable. The downside to this option is that the worker’s shoes will leave dents on the surface (especially in hot weather), as well as mineral dust from the surface of the shingles.

Option two:fix the slats on the surface of the laid tiles with a step of 60-80cm. How is it made? When gluing the next row of tiles, the film covering the self-adhesive back side is not completely removed, but so that it remains on the “petals”, and not on all of them, but after one.Then, the “petals”, on which the film is stored, are folded over, and under them with nails or self-tapping screws, bars with a section of 5020-5050 cm are attached to the roof (the higher the bar, the better is) . The next row of bars is fixed at a distance of 60-80 cm from the previous one, and a “ladder” is gradually formed on the slope along its entire width. After the installation of the tiles is completed, the bars are removed and the “petals” bent, after removing the remaining film, are glued in place (if necessary, you can use glue). The disadvantages of this option are obvious – the same peeling mineral dents and chips, but not over the entire surface of the roof, but only along the bars.

Option three.The triangles are made from pieces of boards, to one of the legs to which a metal strip is attached. One end is bent and attached to the hypotenuse (this will reduce the risk of the triangle coming off the plate under load), the other is left straight and nailed to the roof under the bent “petal”, as in the second version . These elements are attached to the roof in rows with a slope of 1.5-3 m along the width of the slope, then boards are laid on them, wide enough for a foot to comfortably stand on them. The thickness of these boards determines the pitch of the triangles along the width of the slope – the thicker the board, the fewer triangles will be needed. The pitch of the “steps” along the slope can

“The world of roofing” Option four.It is very similar to the previous one, but prefabricated elements from metal strips (corner) and sheet metal are used as plank supports. This solution is distinguished by a high speed of installation of the “steps”, moreover, it is safer: here the strip will not come off under load, and the board will not slip from the triangular support due to the limiter. The only drawback is that it is not easy to make metal power elements yourself. Therefore, you can try to replace them with

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