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All You Need to Know About Roof Hatches

What are roof hatches used for?

They provide a way to get people, equipment, or materials to or from the roof.

Is the roof hatch only used in commercial construction?

No. While a commercial roof hatch is used mainly in commercial construction, designers of residential buildings use them as points of egress to roof decks and gardens, making it easy for roof gardeners or amateur astronomers to get their supplies and equipment up to the roof safely and easily.

How does one access roof hatch?

They are generally accessed via stairs or ladder from inside the building. In addition, the safety rails or safety ladder are often mounted on the outside of the hatch to ensure a safe and comfortable passage into and out of the opening.

Is the roof hatch usually installed during construction or afterwards?

Most installations occurred during construction or to replace existing damaged hatch. Installing them after construction is possible, but more difficult.

Who specifies the hatch to be used?

Generally, an architect will determine the size and/or style of hatch design. It will then be handed over to the general contractor or subcontractor for resources as part of their bid.

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