Almost no residential roofs have a access hatch. Why, then, do you need one for a commercial roof? Commercial facilities have stricter building codes, thus requiring regular inspections. This includes maintenance of the roof. A hatch provides an easy and safe access point for inspectors and in-house personnel.
Considerations for an Access Hatch
First, you need to determine a size for the hatch. Do you intend to just use the hatch as an access point for staff members? Or do you require a larger opening for transporting large equipment? Warehouses and manufacturing plants tend to require the latter, especially if installing generator or HVAC equipment.
A hatch also requires a built-in ladder or stairs. For smaller single-cover hatches, a fixed ladder usually suffices. For larger hatches and for transferring heavy equipment, the roofer may recommend the installation of ship stairs. Continue Reading →