Indoor air quality (IAQ) issues can arise during a roofing job and affect the occupants of your home or building. It can also cause delays, increasing your project costs. Involved parties must plan and communicate properly to avoid IAQ problems.
Learn ways to prevent IAQ problems from a leading provider of roof maintenance and replacement services.
Roofing Projects Associated With IAQ Problems
Low-slope, hot-tar roofs usually use a built-up roofing system that’s built on-site with layers of felts and hot-applied asphalt or coal tar pitch. Roofers often heat-tar at the job site in a kettle, which is a main source of fumes.
Moreover, rubber roofs, another type of low-slope roofing, makes use of adhesives, which produce large amounts of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Job planning, setup and advanced preparations are essential in minimizing VOC and asphalt fume exposure.
Avoiding IAQ Problems
Your commercial and residential roofing contractor should consider using self-adhering membranes that produce little to no vapors or fumes. Planning for your roofing project may also involve staging materials downwind of the building in locations away from vents and air intakes.
In certain cases, it’s better to complete a roofing job when the building is unoccupied to avoid IAQ problems. For instance, you should schedule roofing projects in schools when the classes aren’t ongoing or during summer or holiday break.
Further, there should be clear communication lines between the contractor, building management and building occupants. Devote a time before the project starts to address questions and concerns regarding the project.
Make sure to notify the occupants of the project duration and working schedules. Answer questions about the type of health risks that might result from air contaminant exposure related to materials that will be used. Let them know of the precautions being taken to minimize this exposure.
Choose Cantrell Roofing, LLC for your commercial and residential roofing needs. You can count on us for excellent customer service, superior products and quality workmanship. We specialize in shingle, built-up, metal roofing and more. Call us at (903) 848-9494 or fill out our contact form to request a free consultation.