Fall Protection For Centria Standing Seam Roof Systems

Fall Protection For Centria Standing Seam Roof Systems

Posted by Howie Scarboro - CEO Fall Protection Distributors, LLC on Jun 14th 2024

Centria standing seam roof logo. Image courtesy of www.Centria.com.

Who Is Centria?

Centria, known initially as H.H. Robertson, has been a leader in the metal wall and roof panel industry since its inception in 1906. The company started by pioneering advanced coatings for construction materials. It quickly became a key manufacturer of light-gauge steel trusses, corrugated metal panels, and insulated foam composite wall systems. Throughout the 20th century, Centria introduced groundbreaking products, including some of the first concealed fastener structural standing seam roofing solutions with their SRS system.

In the early 2000s, Centria continued to innovate with the launch of several advanced product lines, such as the Concept Series concealed fastener system, Formawall Graphix Series panels, MetalWrap series, Kolorshift Coatings, and Intercept+ technology powered by NexGen. These innovations solidified Centria's position as a cutting-edge provider in the building envelope market. In 2021, Nucor Corporation, the largest steelmaker in the United States, acquired Centria, enhancing its strategic expansion into building solutions beyond core steel production. Now a subsidiary of Nucor, Centria remains a globally recognized provider of durable, energy-efficient, and aesthetically appealing metal wall and roofing systems for commercial, institutional, and industrial structures worldwide.

What are the Most Compatible Fall Protection Products For Centria Standing Seam Panels?

This article educates roofers and building owners who use Centria's standing seam panels about the most compatible fall protection methods and products. Ensuring safety while working on these roofs is paramount, and understanding the best practices and equipment is essential for preventing accidents and ensuring a secure working environment. Let's discuss each company's standing seam profiles and the best methods of providing fall protection anchor points on each.

SRS 3 Panels

Centria SRS 3 standing seam roof profile. Image courtesy of www.Centria.com.

The SRS 3 panel is a top-tier structural standing seam metal roofing system designed for low-slope roofing applications in both new construction and retrofit projects. The panels feature an interlocking T-seam configuration, mechanically seamed joinery, and concealed clips to ensure superior structural integrity and resistance to wind loads. The design accommodates thermal expansion and contraction, allowing for seamless installation over long panel lengths, enhancing its adaptability and durability.

The SRS 3 system prioritizes weather protection, effectively preventing water infiltration and air leakage, making it a reliable weathertight solution. The option for crimp-free curved panels further enhances the visual appeal, creating dramatic design effects.

Available in coverage widths of 12", 16", and 18" with a 3" seam height, the SRS 3 panel offers flexibility in design. Material options include aluminum or several steel options, including 18, 20, 22, and 24 gauge. The SRS 3 system is a durable, long-lasting, 100% recyclable panel product. Part of Centria's Standing Seam Roof System (SRS) product line, the SRS 3 maintains the brand's legacy of high-performance, energy-efficient roofing solutions suitable for various industries, including healthcare facilities.

Fall Protection For SRS 3 Panels

When working on SRS 3 panels, it is crucial to use appropriate fall protection equipment to ensure worker safety. All recommended fall protection products are fully compatible with the steel versions of SRS 3 panels. However, SSRA products are unsuitable for aluminum versions. In these situations, contractors can utilize alternatives like the Ridge Pro and other strap-style anchors.

Standing Seam Roof Anchor (SSRA1):

This anchor system is ideal for 24-gauge and heavier steel panels. It attaches securely without penetrating the roof, preserving the panel's integrity.

SSRA2 Adjustable Roof Jack Adapter:

This adapter mounts on SSRA1 anchors to support 10-foot walkboards without penetrations, providing adjustable height options for various seam heights.

SSRA3 Anchor Plates:

Combined with the Malta Dynamics HLL3001 Horizontal Lifeline System, these plates offer a robust solution for temporary horizontal lifelines for two workers.

Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchor:

This anchor, suitable for roofs with a 6/12 to 12/12 pitch, hooks over the ridge to create a secure anchorage point.

Versapanel Insulated Panels

Centria Versapanel standing seam roof profile. Image courtesy of www.Centria.com.

The Versapanel insulated metal roof panel system combines aesthetic appeal, functional performance, and sustainable attributes, making it an excellent choice for various roofing projects. This panel features steel skins separated by an insulating foam core, available in thicknesses ranging from 1.75 inches to 4 inches. These panels achieve impressive R-values up to 33.5, providing exceptional energy efficiency by reducing heating and cooling costs. The bold ribbed profile of the Versapanel lends an attractive linear definition to large structures, with panels available in a standard width of 36 inches and lengths up to 52 feet.

A vital strength of the Versapanel system is its energy efficiency. The high thermal R-values and thermal break between the face and liner minimize thermal bridging and drift, enhancing the system's overall performance. The factory-applied panel joint and field-applied sealants create an adequate air and vapor barrier, further improving energy-saving capabilities.

The Versapanel system is versatile, lightweight, and easy to install in all weather conditions. It is suitable for various applications, including warehouses, industrial facilities, schools, and shopping centers. Sustainability is at the core of the Versapanel system, with steel skins made from recycled materials and the panels being nearly 100% recyclable at the end of their lifespan. This eco-friendly approach aligns with LEED and other green building standards, making the Versapanel an attractive choice for environmentally conscious projects.

Fall Protection For Versapanel Insulated Panels

Appropriate fall protection equipment ensures worker safety when working on Versapanel insulated panels. Due to the seam shape of the Versapanel, SSRA products are not compatible with these panels. Therefore, workers can use alternative fall protection solutions to maintain safety and compliance.

For steel gauge options, including 22 and 24 gauge, as well as aluminum panels, the following fall protection products are suitable:

Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchor:

This anchor is ideal for roofs with a 6/12 to 12/12 pitch. It hooks over the roof ridge, providing a secure anchorage point for workers.

Unique or complex installations, such as curved panels, require on-site inspection by a trained safety professional. This inspection will determine the most appropriate fall protection equipment and ensure all safety measures meet the project's requirements and challenges. This approach guarantees a comprehensive and effective fall protection strategy for working on Versapanel insulated panels.

SDP175 Panels

Centria SDP175 standing seam roof profile. Image courtesy of www.Centria.com.

The SDP175 is a versatile, cost-effective standing seam metal roof panel designed for architectural applications. This structural panel features a distinctive 1-3/4" high seam that snaps together seamlessly over concealed clips, eliminating the need for specialized mechanical seaming tools during installation. Available in coverage widths of 16" or 18", the SDP175 offers three distinct pan profiles: Striated, Pencil Bead, and Planked, catering to diverse aesthetic preferences. The panel thickness options include 22-gauge and 24-gauge steel, ensuring durability and strength. Standard panel lengths extend up to 40 feet, facilitating efficient installation and minimizing seams.

In terms of material and coatings, the SDP175 comes in Galvalume® AZ50 aluminum-zinc alloy coating, Galvanized G90 zinc coating, and Galvalume® Plus, which features an aluminum-zinc alloy with a clear acrylic coating for enhanced protection. These coatings provide excellent resistance against corrosion and weathering, ensuring long-lasting performance. Designed for low-slope roofing applications, the SDP175 boasts a recommended minimum slope of 3:12. This panel can be installed over open purlins, plywood decks, or rigid foam insulation over steel decks, offering versatility in installation methods. With its snap-together seam design, architectural aesthetics, and outstanding resistance to wind uplift loads, the SDP175 metal roof panel by Centria presents an economical and practical solution for low-slope roofing projects, combining functionality and visual appeal.

SDP200 Panels

Centria SDP200 standing seam roof profile. Image courtesy of www.Centria.com.

The SDP200 is an asymmetrical standing seam metal panel for low-slope roofing applications requiring exceptional wind uplift resistance. Available in 16" or 18" widths, it features a seam height of 2" and can be installed in lengths up to 48' without endlaps. The panel's versatility allows for installation directly over open purlins with blanket insulation, steel decks with rigid insulation, or plywood substrates. Depending on the application, the minimum slope requirement varies from 1/2:12 without endlaps to 1:12 with endlaps.

Centria offers the SDP200 in Galvalume, Galvanized, and Galvalume Plus substrates, ensuring durability and corrosion resistance. One of the critical features of the SDP200 is its two-piece floating clip system, which accommodates thermal movement for panel runs up to 225'. The panel's design incorporates a factory-applied sealant and a tight side seam, effectively preventing water infiltration. Additionally, the pan can be striated or enhanced with optional planks or pencil beads for added visual appeal. The SDP200 has been rigorously tested and meets industry standards, including UL 580 Class 90 listing and ASTM E1592 requirements for Coefficient of Expansion (COE). The "hook and rotate" installation method ensures a simple and efficient installation process, making the SDP200 an excellent choice for standing seam metal roof systems.

Fall Protection For SDP175 and SDP200 Panels

Proper fall protection ensures worker safety when working on SDP175 and SDP200 panels. Both panels are compatible with the following recommended fall protection products when using 22-gauge or 24-gauge steel. However, the SSRA products are unsuitable for 26-gauge steel and aluminum panels. Workers can use alternatives like the Ridge Pro and other strap-style anchors.

Standing Seam Roof Anchor (SSRA1):

Ideal for standing seam roofs, the SSRA1 attaches without penetrating the metal, ensuring the panel's integrity. It is compatible with 22-gauge and 24-gauge steel panels.

SSRA2 Adjustable Roof Jack Adapter:

Mounted on SSRA1 anchors, this adapter allows for 10-foot walkboards without panel penetrations and adjustable height options, providing flexibility and secure worker positioning.

SSRA3 Anchor Plates:

For larger projects, these plates, combined with the Malta Dynamics HLL3001 Horizontal Lifeline System, offer temporary horizontal lifelines for two workers, enhancing safety and mobility on extensive roofing tasks.

Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchor:

Suitable for roofs with a 6/12 to 12/12 pitch, this anchor hooks over the ridge, providing a secure anchorage point for workers and ensuring 100% tie-off while on the roof.

A trained safety professional should inspect any unique or complex installations on-site. This inspection will determine the most appropriate fall protection equipment and ensure all safety measures meet the project's requirements and challenges. 

Centria standing seam roof system. Image courtesy of www.Centria.com.

Contact Us To Discuss Your Project

Please feel free to share details about your project with us! Contact us at 863-703-4522 to discuss your requirements, or visit our website at www.StandingSeamRoofAnchor.com for further information. For more knowledge on fall protection, you can explore OSHA's detailed 48-page manual.

Safety Guidelines For Working On Standing Seam Metal Roofs

Utilize Roof Anchor Systems Specifically for Standing Seam Roofs

Employ roof anchor systems tailored for standing seam roofs. Ensure correct sizing and installation per manufacturer instructions, focusing on precise seam placement and appropriate torque settings. Avoid using seam anchors that require attachment over clips, as locating clips on existing roof systems can be challenging and unsafe.

Provide Workers with High-Quality Safety Gear

Equip your team with premium full-body harnesses and shock-absorbing lanyards. These items significantly reduce the impact load during falls, minimizing the risk of severe injuries or fatalities.

Create a Detailed Safety Plan

Before starting any roofing project, the on-site safety manager or project manager must develop an OSHA-compliant safety plan. This plan should include a detailed rescue strategy to protect workers in the event of an accident. Comprehensive planning ensures that all safety measures are in place before work begins.

Establish and Maintain Secure Work Zones

Implement guardrails, warning lines, or other barriers on low-slope roofs to establish secure work zones and prevent falls. These measures help create a safer environment and reduce accident risks.

Ensure Stable and Safe Access Points

Properly position ladders and scaffolding, ensuring they are free of obstacles, to minimize fall risks. Conduct thorough OSHA-compliant ladder training for workers, and always follow the 4-1 rule for ladder positioning to ensure stability and safety.

Encourage the Use of Trauma Straps

Advise workers to use trauma straps on their harnesses and ensure they receive regular training on their correct usage. Trauma straps are vital for preventing severe injuries or fatalities after a fall by reducing suspension trauma.

Wear Suitable Footwear

Workers should wear non-slip footwear designed for smooth metal roof systems and avoid working on wet roofs. Proper footwear enhances stability and reduces the risk of slips and falls.

Foster a Safety-Conscious Work Culture

Promote regular equipment inspections and ongoing training sessions to cultivate a workplace safety culture. A strong safety-conscious culture helps maintain high safety standards and reduces the likelihood of accidents.

Invest in Permanent Roof Anchor Systems

Consider installing permanent roof anchor systems to provide secure anchorage points for future roof work and inspections. Permanent systems enhance long-term safety and facilitate ongoing maintenance.

Take Extra Precautions for Curved Panels

Avoid using seam-mounted anchors on curved metal panels. For curved roof systems, have a trained safety professional conduct site inspections and develop a comprehensive safety strategy tailored to the specific challenges of curved surfaces.

Howie Scarboro, C.E.O. and co-founder of Fall Protection Distributors, L.L.C., recognized the need for continued improvements in roofing safety during the 2010 MetalCon show in Las Vegas. He joined forces with SnoBlox-Snojax, a leader in snow retention and seam clamping technology for metal roofs, to create the SSRA1 prototype. Tested by Gravitec for OSHA/ANSI certifications, the SSRA1 proved to be the industry's lightest, most robust, and most universal-fit anchor point for standing seam roofs. Fall Protection Distributors, L.L.C. was born in 2015, shaping the future of fall protection and instilling confidence in the industry.