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Myths & Facts of Fall Protection

Commercial saftey railing ChattanoogaDid you know that falls are the leading cause of worker fatalities? Using compliant solutions, such as guardrails and barricades, Tennessee Roofing & Construction of Chattanooga can help you comply with OSHA and ANSI Fall Protection requirements for a safer workplace. Our safety systems are intended to prevent injury from unprotected sides or edges along ramps, walkways, platforms, fixed stairs, or roof edges.

Don’t fall for these four common myths and misconceptions below about commercial fall protection, call Tennessee Roofing & Construction today!

Myth: The Six-Foot Rule provides adequate fall protection safety.

FACT: The 6-foot rule is the idea that no fall protection is required, if work is performed at least 6 feet from a leading edge. This is a myth, according to both OSHA standards.

“OSHA has determined that there is no safe distance from an unprotected side or leading edge that would render fall protection unnecessary.”

Myth: We don’t get on the roof very often.
“I don’t need any fall protection; it’s only going to take me a minute to install.”

FACT: No matter 60 seconds or 60 minutes, OSHA compliant fall protection must be provided when employees are performing construction work on a walking/working surface with an unprotected side or edge that is six feet or more above a lower level.

Myth: We do not perform maintenance on the roof.

FACT: Not only is this a myth, it is also poor rooftop etiquette. Roofs often require regular maintenance and repair, as they may contain gas lines, HVAC, electrical, piping, and ventilation, not to mention the annual upkeep on roofing and drainage. Each of these activities are potential sources of fall hazard.

Myth: Fall Protection Is Too Expensive.

FACT: After tallying up the legal expenses, any medical expenses associated with a fall, and of course OSHA fines, the cost of installing your commercial fall protection system is far less expensive. See for yourself with OSHA’s Safety Pays Estimator.

Buyers Beware of the Roof

first time home buyer roof inspection Chattanooga

If you are in the process of buying a house, there can be a multitude of “deal breakers” out there that can sink your sale. Buyers, specifically first time home buyers, beware! While the process is lengthy, be mindful not to overlook any potential problem areas on the roof; as it could be costly down the road. Do your homework and fully understand all the quirks of the home you are purchasing. In most cases, your home inspector should identify a problematic roof if there are any visible signs of damage; i.e. dark rings on the ceiling, peeling paint, missing shingles, etc. Note: Buyers beware, the most costly deal breaker often lies on the roof.

Even though a properly-maintained roof can last up to 30 years or more, not all roofs are cut from the same shingle. Whether dealing with an incorrect installation or low-quality materials, you may need to replace the roof much sooner than you originally anticipated.

Before closing day, complete the following:

  1. Ask the seller how old the roof is and for any repair documents or permits that show previous roof repair or replacement.
  2. Hire an inspector to evaluate the condition of the roof and gutters to make sure the drainage system is working properly.
  3. If the home owner has already performed a home inspection prior to going under contract, ask to review it. A qualified real estate agent can guide you through the process, as well as provide specific advice for attaining all inspection documents.

Just because a roof is older, doesn’t mean that the seller will lower the price. However, it is negotiable if the roof hasn’t been properly maintained and if imminent repairs are required. In such case, you can request that the sellers replace the roof as a part of the home inspection repairs, although they don’t have to agree to it. If they refuse to replace the roof or lower the sale price, you have a decision: pay to have the roof replaced or walk away from the house.

It pays to get a roofer to do a proper inspection, either before you make the offer or during the contract phase of the negotiations. Give Tennessee Roofing & Contracting a call today to schedule your Chattanooga roof inspection today!

Spring Cleaning Your Roof

chattanooga commercial roofingSpring is the best time to take advantage of routine maintenance for your roof.

There are very few rites of the season more satisfying than spring cleaning. If you’re breaking out the dust mop and inspecting all the nooks and crannies, don’t forget about your outdoor space, specifically your residential or commercial roof. Not only do annual routine cleanings and roof inspections benefit cosmetic appearance and curb appeal, they also prevent roof damage to help extend the longevity of your shingles.

The most obvious signs for roof repair to be on the lookout for include:

  • Bulging, buckling, blistered, or missing roof materials
  • Leaks or improper draining of gutter systems
  • Broken seals and missing caulk around chimneys, skylights, or attic vents

Spring cleaning your roof checklist

Spring Cleaning Your Roof Checklist (printable)

Spring Cleaning Your Roof Checklist

Contact Tennessee Roofing & Construction of Chattanooga, Tn today to schedule your spring cleaning roof inspection and maintenance!

All Hail Springtime

Roof Hail DamageIt’s that time of year again – springtime! As the weather warms up, those gentle spring showers can turn into severe thunderstorms. You know the expression, April showers bring May flowers… well they can also bring hail damage (as many of us experienced this week). If you have damage to your property, fencing, windows, or vehicle, you likely also have roof damage. So, what should you do next?

Three Things to Do After a Hail Storm

Do: Note the time and date of the storm. If filed, your insurance claims manager will ask for details, such as when the loss occurred for the insurance claim report.

Do: After the storm, grab a camera and walk around the property to take photos. Document the hail stones covering the yard, sidewalk and patios. Also, photograph hailstones next to a measuring tape to assess the potential damage to the roof and shingles.

Do: Inspect the roof. Look for obvious signs of roof damage, such as missing or torn shingles, and leaks. Also check inside the attic for any signs of a leak.

 Schedule a Hail Damage Roof Inspection

If your roof is leaking, call your insurance agent immediately! Even if your roof isn’t leaking, there still could be substantial hail damage that could cause a leak over time, if not repaired.

Before calling your insurance agency, call Tennessee Roofing to inspect your roof for potential hail damage as quickly as possible. During the inspection, our qualified roofing contractor will thoroughly assess your roof for an insurance claim if necessary, depending on the severity of the damage.

If there is evidence of hail damage, Tennessee Roofing can indicate if filing an insurance claim is warranted, and the likelihood of a claim being approved.

File an Insurance Claim for Roof Hail Damage

1. Locate your homeowner’s insurance policy, and make a note of your policy number and deductible.
2. Organize records and documentation. This should include your insurance policy number, time and date of loss, hail size (if measured), all photos, videos, list of damaged items.
3. Call your homeowner’s insurance claim number and provide the necessary information, as requested.
4. Finally, you will be given a claim number, then assigned an insurance claims examiner and adjuster to make an official roof inspection and prepare a repair estimate.

How to: Choose a Commercial Roofer

How to choose a Chattanooga commercial rooferAre you looking to repair or replace your roof? If you answered yes, the next question you may ask yourself is,

“How to choose a Chattanooga commercial roofer?”

When choosing, it is important to note years of experience, reviews, licensing, face to face interview, professionalism, proposal, and price to choose the best roofing company for your Chattanooga industrial or commercial roof.

Here are the 6 steps to hiring a quality, professional contractor:

  1. Choose Local: Look for local contractors in the Chattanooga area that specialize in commercial roofing.
  2. In Person Interview: Meet for a sit down overview of supplies, labor, and cost. This can help you decide which Chattanooga roofing contractor is best fit for the job.
  3. Proof of Insurance: We recommend that you never hire a contractor, of any kind, without proof of licenses, permits, worker’s comp, a well as insurance.
  4. Estimated Time on the Job: Know up front how long a job will take and the available staff on hand to complete the job.
  5. Previous Commercial Roofing Experience: Inquire about past experience and ask to see a roofing portfolio for examples, if available.
  6. Ask Previous Clients and Read Reviews! The power of social sharing can help you determine a quality Chattanooga commercial contractor, like Tennessee Roofing and Construction!

Tennessee Roofing and Contracting is a certified installer of commercial roofing systems and products. We focus on commercial construction, hospitality, and industrial construction throughout Tennessee and Georgia. Call us today for your free commercial roofing estimate!

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