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Roof Raising in Industrial Buildings: How is this Done?

January 23, 2020

Roof raising in industrial buildings is done by taking an existing building with a low clearance and hydraulically lifting the roof to create a high ceiling warehouse. Through this, tenants and owners can transform their buildings and properties into a storage, manufacturing or distribution facilities. Many roof raising projects are considered remodel or renovation projects so the time frame for conversion is much faster than traditional construction. They are normally done to reduce development and construction costs. Roof raising also minimise regulations, zoning restrictions and taxes associated with new construction, and disruption of your business. It is considered highly beneficial to industrial building owners since the downtime is significantly less as the roof can be lifted complete or in sections without completely vacating. Let us take a look at its elaborate and detailed process.

Building Gutting

Roofing raising in industrial buildings normally begin by gutting the entire facility to the bare bone skeleton. Only the temporary crib posts that will be used to support the roof during the actual raising will be left along with the roof. These crib posts are usually welded to the ceiling and anchored to the floor so that they can properly support a variety of different size roofs.

Temporary Support System

Once the building is gutted, a temporary support system is placed to function as a shoulder for the roof to depend on. Once in place, lifters go around and physically cut the columns and separate the roof from the walls preparing for the initial separation. If any part of the ceiling was to still be attached it could compromise the lift.

Roof Raising Process

Then the roof raising process commences, the hydraulic lifts initiate lifting the roof from the perimeter. The lift is controlled by a synchronisation system that measures the raising process and the hydraulic lifts are always closely monitored throughout the lift to ensure safety and accuracy.

Installation of New Steel Beams

Once the roof has reached the targeted height, new columns are put into place and the hydraulic lifts are removed. In a matter of hours, a building with an inferior ceiling height can be lifted into a building with a clearance congruent to the needs of today’s distribution centres.

Installation of New Walls and Figures

After the roof lifting process is complete, the walls are upgraded and fixtures such as sprinklers and lighting are installed and the new high ceiling warehouse is ready for occupation.

If you want to know more about the process of roof raising in industrial buildings, learn it from All Safe Roofing. We are a top, innovative industrial and commercial roofing company that provides the highest quality workmanship at competitive rates.

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