General

Rooftop Walkway Pads

Paths can be found on flat roofs. These paths can be made visible by placing rubber mats or pavers on the roof. They meander across the entire roof. Once you have reached the roof, this walkway or path will take you to the areas you need.

This is the fall protection you can rely on.

No. Walkway pads are typically used to protect the roof from wear or direct traffic. People often think of these pads to be a way to protect themselves against hazards. It may not have been the original intention to provide fall protection.

As an administrative control tool, walkway pads may be used. If the circumstances are right, walkway pads can be integrated into a fall protection program. These circumstances could include adequate training, competent persons being present at all times, walkway pads being paired with other forms of fall protection, etc.

We have observed that walkway pads are not always designed with fall protection in view. They are likely to be designed with efficiency as their primary goal. Straight lines are the fastest route between points A and B. But what about when the line is within 15 feet of an edge?

We have seen it all in this industry. We’ve seen walkway pads that run parallel to the edge and not 2′ from the edge. Pads that direct people off the roof edge have been common. There are also dead ends without any apparent purpose.

These are some suggestions for how to set up roof walkway pads that provide fall protection.

Make sure that rooftop walkways begin at your point/s for access.

These are not effective if you don’t have direction. You are at risk if you don’t explore the path until you find it.

Confirm that the walkway will be visible.

Avoid using any color that is identical to your roof. If you have difficulty seeing the path, it is not useful.

Avoid straying too close to the edge of danger!

Keep your pads well away from any potential hazards. Sometimes the area that needs access may be near an edge. You must also have fall protection in place for those situations. Many property owners will be tempted to choose low-quality pavers or none at all once they reach the roof of their buildings. Roof decks are often seen as secondary to interior renovations and can be reduced to last-minute, cheap paving solutions. Rooftop spaces need safe, functional, and durable porcelain outdoor tiles. Otherwise, you could be exposing your guests to safety hazards, making the deck dangerous. You can be sure that your tile roof pavers will provide a safe, high-quality roof deck for tenants and guests.

Make walkways as easy as possible.

It is not a good idea to lose your way while perched on a roof. This is possible due to the size of many manufacturing buildings. While signage can be helpful, it is important to be aware of the complex layout.

Choose durable paving products

Rooftop decks are exposed to rain, snow, sleet, and ice. You need to choose durable paving products for roof decks. Temperature changes and other weather conditions can cause damage to outdoor living spaces. Porcelain pavers offer the best paving options, including slip resistance, heat resistance, and thermal shock resistance. Porcelain outdoor pavers are completely nonporous and won’t stain. They also don’t need sealing. These pavers are a low-maintenance and long-lasting solution for commercial and residential roof decks.