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Kelly Scott

Denair Services – Roof Safety Tips 

We all know that working on a roof can be a dangerous place to work. Which is why every time you or your team access a rooftop you should consider roof safety and take every precaution to avoid hazards and dangerous situations.  

Roof Safety

With this in mind, we have put together a list of the top 8 safety precautions you and your team can take. 

  1. Do Not Work on the Roof Alone – This one is common-sense.  
  2. Roof Stability - Is the roof strong enough to support the weight? Are the trusses intact? Will the roof bow on a hot day?  
  3. Ladder Security and Placement - Make sure the ladder is on a solid, level surface. Is the ladder at a 4:1 angle? Is it secure? Is the top above the roofline and tied securely? Ensure you inspect your ladder and the area around it prior to commencing work. 
  4. Wear the Correct PPE – Always wear a safety harness and make certain it is tied to something sturdy. If you should slip, a harness will prevent you from falling off the roof. Of course, let us not forget the importance of sturdy boots, safety glasses and a hardhat. 
  5. Clean Up as You Go – Keep the site clear of debris and other objects. Remove any tools that are not being used as they can pose a danger. 
  6. Consider the Weather Conditions - If thunderstorms are in the area, put off your roof work until another day. Also avoid the roof if it is windy. A strong gust of wind could knock you off your feet. Of course, avoid walking on a roof when it is wet. Remember that leaves on a roof can also create a slippery surface. 
  7. Poor Line of Sight – Keep your eyes on the area you are working on to help prevent miss stepping or tripping. The view from the roof may be fantastic but getting distracted by it could be dangerous. Maintain a good line of sight so that you know where you are in relation to the roof’s edge.  
  8. Roof Holes – We are referring to unguarded skylights or poorly covered holes. Without the correct safety equipment and awareness of your surroundings, an open hole on a roof can be just as deadly as the roof’s edge. 

Roof Harness

Nowhere is work safety more important than when you plan to inspect or work on a roof. Ladders and steep roofs can be hazardous. Make sure you take all proper precautions before accessing your work area. For more information on roof safety visit Safe Work Australia. 

To purchase your equipment, contact us today or come into our factory. 

45 Years of Business and we’re not stopping here!

Where Denair Began

Like many small businesses Denair Services started out as a backyard operation run by one man. Today we are celebrating 45 years, 3 generations and a local workforce of administration, roofers and labourers coming through our doors.

The company has come a long way since its humble beginnings with blow-in insulation, including many exclusive contracts for the Southern Highland Region. Some of the brands we are proud to carry and be able to offer to our customers include CSR Bradford insulation batts, Colorbond roofing sheets, Proclima roofing membrane and Velux skylights.

Of course, our offerings also extend to a large range of tools and hardware’s that can be purchased directly from our showroom in Moss Vale. Some of the items you’ll be able to find in stock and available now include Midwest Snips, Kapro Spirit Levels and Ullrich Aluminium Planks.

Custom Fabricated ToiletBut that’s not all we do! Luckily for us it’s much more automated these days and there’s no jumping on large guillotine arms or manually bending and moulding flashings. While we have off-the-shelf items available, we can also make custom flashings to suit your specific measurements. Our Workshop team is well versed in executing the more difficult of tasks with ease, including the more eccentric of requests such as an ‘Outback Dunny’ . Yes, that’s right…we made a loo!! And to be honest it looks pretty fantastic! Check out the photo below.

It’s not just all about the showroom and warehouse though. Throughout the last four decades we have built a network of local and reliable builders to that use our products. Plus, our team love nothing more than to get onsite and help a customer realise their dream build. Whether you want to modernise your roof, restore your barn or do a complete new build our team can help with the process.

As we mentioned above, Denair is now welcoming its third generation of Chesterfield’s with Vicki and Jake working and helping to guide the business well into the future.

While the 2nd September 2021 marks 45 years in business, the month-long celebration will be one not to miss. We want to thank our loyal clientele for their on-going support, as well as welcome all the newcomers to the fold.

If you’d like to be able to hear about our latest projects, tips for the industry or exclusive product specials, then please contact us today.

Belmore Falls Construction Project

Our team love being able to share our finished projects with you, but… what about those projects that are underway and take a longer period to finish?

One such project is a property that is currently under construction in Belmore Falls. Located in the Southern Highlands just outside Robertson, Belmore Falls is a beautiful bush area, that is known for its natural beauty, however it does have its own specific considerations when it comes to construction.

The first consideration is that all buildings must meet the standards for bush fire ratings. What does that mean? If your property is located in a designated bushfire prone area, your new home has to comply with the bushfire construction requirements of AS 3959-2009. Which means that the construction materials need to be non-combustible and fire resistant.

So, back to the project at hand. The construction is being completed over 3 stages by the wonderful builder, P.M. White Building. Speaking with the team from PM White, they have noted that this is one of their biggest projects to date but they are loving watching it all come together.

The three stages for the build are the garage, barn and guest house, and the main home.

During stage 1 we were able to partner with PM White Building to provide the guttering and custom mitered downpipes, as well as the wall cladding for the garage. The material of choice for this stage has been Unicote LUX Weathered Iron.

Stage 2 was focused on the construction of the barn and guest house. Not your usual outback building, measuring at close to 50 metres long the roofing utilised the Unicote Monolith Matte 480mm wide snaplock standing seam roofing, and a whooping 200mm half round gutter with custom mitered downpipes.

The roof on the Barn building also featured four cupola’s which were prefabricated on the ground with their own small roof, and then were hauled up onto the main roof and put in place.

Of course, being a little unusual and needing to stand the test of time we suggested the use of Proclima Solitex Extasana membrane onto plywood for the roofing. It’s a vapour permeable (class 4) self-adhesive membrane and has shown to be lighter than other membrane products on the market. The Solitex Extasana is also a 180 day UV resistant membrane that can be left in open air, as it is water tight, weather safe and UV resistant without compromising the structural integrity. This meant that our roofers could install the roofing sheets a week, or even month or two after the membrane had been installed, allowing the builder to continue with interior construction without the weather prohibiting progress.

 

Stage 3 is under way with the earthworks for the basement happening as we go live with this blog. We look forward to bringing you more updates and photos as the project nears its completion.

Want to know what we can do for you and your next project? Get in touch with our team today.