Assessing Interior Protection Needs For A Reroofing Project

September 18th, 2017 Suspended Cover

On many occasions, the TuffWrap® team finds itself in conversations about whether or not a customer should consider using a suspended cover containment solution during a reroofing project. Often, we are initially told, “the project does not require it.”

However, it is important to understand when suspended cover containment can be beneficial. As our niche industry grows, we are discovering that there are many cases where it may seem acceptable to skip this step in the planning process but the project eventually proves otherwise. And while there may not be a perceived value in offering interior protection up front, many roofers and roofing consultants have determined from experience that not unlike an insurance policy, professionally installed containment is worth the time and investment.

So when should a roofer, roofing consultant or facility owner consider interior protection?

If the reroofing process could result in dust & debris entering the building the situation needs to be assessed. Here are five key questions to consider when planning a reroofing project:

  1. Is there a chance of dust and debris falling inside during the project?
    Dirt, metal shavings and pieces of roof deck are all examples of potential contaminants that can fall inside the building during a reroofing project. Even in the case of a simple overlay, the movement of the crew on the roof can disturb existing dust on the high structure areas. Everyone must be aware of all the potential risks associated with a reroofing project.
  2. What are the contents inside the facility being reroofed?
    Sensitive products are not limited to food, beverages and pharmaceuticals. Anything being manufactured, stored or displayed in an area can be impacted by the introduction of reroofing dust and debris. Consider how important the contents of the building are and what would happen if debris fell inside. This awareness helps to avoid problems once the project begins.
  3. Will people be inside the building during the project?
    Protecting personnel and employees is a key aspect of any construction project. It is no different with reroofing. If people will be inside the building throughout the reroofing activities, interior protection provides that extra level of assurance about their safety.
  4. What about areas with drop ceilings?
    Many times the assumption is that the drop ceiling will catch anything that might fall in during the project. Drop ceilings do not provide fully-sealed protection. If an area houses products or people, it may be best to choose interior protection even if a drop ceiling is in place.
  5. What is the operating schedule for the facility?
    If the business cannot close or stop production during reroofing, then an ongoing clean up schedule is not an option. Interior protection allows the work to continue safely without disrupting operating schedules.

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