Top 4 Ways to Use a Roof Plan

November 14, 2013

An accurate roof plan that identifies all the components and their locations is a valuable tool to keep you and the facility operating smoothly. Here are just a few ways the roof plan can help you be more effective on the job.

Directing people working on the roof.

When an HVAC technician comes to service a cooling tower, you can not only show the mechanical contractor the location of the specific unit, but also rooftop access points and walkway paths using the roof plan. Rather than taking time to accompany the worker, you can attend to other job duties.

Identifying roof deficiencies.

Keeping track of problem areas on the roof is important. You can use your roof plan to show roofing contractors the areas that need repaired and, once service has been provided, note on the plan the date of the trade work. The plan becomes a visual tracking tool that chronicles the history of maintenance.

Tracking capital projects.

A roof plan is a great place to document long-term capital roofing expenses. For example, the years that areas A and B were reroofed and the systems installed, along with plans to reroof areas C and D over the next five years, can be labeled. This helps with capital planning and managing roof warranties.

Pinpointing safety hazards.

As plant personnel traverse the roof for a variety of reasons, use the roof plan to show both dangerous areas as well as the location of permanent fall protection systems such as horizontal lifelines and fall arrest anchors.

For more information about obtaining a roof plan of your commercial facility, contact D. C. Taylor Co.

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