Roofing work usually produces air emissions that can cause IAQ (indoor air quality) problems in buildings. Such issues can result in delays and potentially increase the costs of the project, especially when odor concerns and health complaints arise from other building occupants.
That said, pre-planning and communication between the building management, roofing contractor and other building occupants should be done to avoid IAQ problems.
In this article, commercial and residential roofing expert American Roofing, Inc. shares more tips on how you can steer clear of IAQ problems.
How to Avoid IAQ Problems During Roofing Jobs
If possible, schedule the roofing work when the building isn’t occupied. But in cases when scheduling could be tricky, the best that you could do is to stage materials downwind of the building and in areas where there are no vents and air intakes. You can also opt to use self-adhering membrane products that emit minimal amounts of vapors or fumes.
Also, don’t underestimate the importance of communication. Make sure that everyone who is involved and could potentially be affected by the roofing work is informed about the project schedule and the type of work to be performed — is it roof repair or roof maintenance? Carefully plan the entire project, from the work hours to the materials you’re going to use. Take adequate precautions to minimize the building occupants’ exposure to chemicals.
Other Things to Keep in Mind
If you’re using hot roofing tar, you can expect the odor to be pungent and strong. It can be smelled at low concentrations in the air, so you will likely encounter some complaints from the building occupants. It would be best to have a representative such as a health and safety officer to receive these complaints. Ensure that details like location, date, time and nature of complaint are recorded. Investigate and verify the complaints.
If the building occupants mention that they have been experiencing headaches, dizziness, or nausea, this could indicate that they have been exposed to excessive amounts of roofing fumes or vapors. Your roofing contractor and project manager should be made aware of this. Pausing the project and temporarily relocating the building occupants may be needed.
With American Roofing, Inc.’s expertise in roof repair, you can be sure that your job will be done to a high standard. Call us at (216) 226-0123 or fill out our contact form to request a free consultation. We serve customers in Cleveland and Mentor, Ohio.