How to Select The Right Roof Hatch

A roof hatch successfully installed on a roof

Just like everything else, a roof is only as strong as its weakest elements. The structure’s individual parts: the tiles, struts, nails, bricks, and mortar, all combine to create a durable, air and water tight cover for your home, protecting you and your possessions from harsh elements. There are a number of additional features that can be added into roofs such as skylights and hatches.

When it comes to hatches the property owner must understand several key factors to assist them in selecting the right one for their needs. Whether you need it for easy access to a rooftop entertainment area or for general maintenance purposes, installing a hatch can be a welcome addition to your home or office. While there are many benefits in installing a roof hatch choosing the right one for your specific purposes can be a difficult and time consuming task. By following these steps we hope to streamline the process for you.

  1. Determine Your Needs

Before you can even begin the process of selecting the correct roof hatch you have to have a firm idea of its practical use. While the majority of roof hatches are used for maintenance access purposes the increased popularity of rooftop gardens and entertainment areas cannot be overlooked. If you are looking to have your roof hatch for entertainment purposes, you may want to consider a more appealing design.

  1. Understand the Limits of Your Roof

While you may have an idea of the dimensions and features of your roof hatch, your roof might have other ideas. Be aware that depending on factors such as the age of your home, and which materials were used to construct your roof you may not be able to install the hatch you desire. For example a roof on an older home may not be structurally able to safely support the installation of a hatch. Other limits such as available space and the angle of placement should also be considered.

  1. Consider the Location

To cut down installation time, it’s important to have an idea of the position of your hatch. It is typically best to your hatch installed in a central and accessible location on the roof that does not impede roof access. It is important that you choose a location that does not impede services such as electrical wires/cables, pipes, or any other related systems. Interference with these systems may result in damage to the property or personal injury.

You should also consider the interior position of the hatch. For convenience sake it is best to have it directly underneath the external hatch, so it’s best to avoid busy rooms such as the kitchen or lounge room.

If you would like more information or would like to purchase a quality roof hatch in Perth contact a member of our skilled and experienced team today. Call Roofspan on 08 9434 5611 for all your roof hatch related enquiries.