Fall Protection For Custom-Bilt Standing Seam Roof Systems

Fall Protection For Custom-Bilt Standing Seam Roof Systems

Posted by Howie Scarboro - CEO Fall Protection Distributors, LLC on Jun 28th 2024

Custom-Bilt Metals logo. Image courtesy of www.custombiltmetals.com.

Who Is Custom-Bilt Metals?

Custom-Bilt Metals, founded in 1974, is a leading company in the metal roofing and gutter industry. Initially focused on distributing products to the seamless gutter industry in Southern California, the company expanded its market reach significantly over the years. By 2004, Custom-Bilt Metals had established a strong presence across the western United States, including Alaska and Hawaii. They had penetrated a significant portion of the Midwest, with notable international sales.

As Custom-Bilt Metals evolved, it broadened its product line to include standing seam roofing, utilizing on-site roll-forming technology. By 2004, the product line had grown to over 2,000 items, all backed by a lifetime warranty. The company celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2004 by relocating its headquarters to Chino, California, and expanding its facilities, including opening a processing service center in Kent, Washington.

Under the leadership of founder and president Tony Chiovare, Custom-Bilt Metals has maintained a commitment to innovation and quality. The company has expanded its offerings through key partnerships, such as the agreement with Vail Metals Systems, which allows it to offer custom solid copper panels and Kynar-coated galvalume metal panels. Custom-Bilt Metals continues to serve residential and commercial markets, providing a wide range of metal roofing and gutter products and innovative solutions for complex architectural designs.

What Are The Best Fall Protection Products For Custom-Bilt Metals Standing Seam Roof Systems?

This article aims to educate workers and building owners about the most effective fall protection products for Custom-Bilt Metals' standing seam panels. Proper fall protection is essential for maintaining a safe working environment and preventing accidents during installation and maintenance tasks. In the following sections, we will explore each of Custom-Bilt Metals' standing seam panel profiles and discuss the most  compatible fall protection strategies for each, highlighting the best products. Let's start with the mechanically seamed panel series.

CB-2000, CB-150, and CB-100 Panels (Mechanically Seamed)

Custom-Bilt Metals offers a range of mechanically seamed standing seam metal roofing panels designed to meet diverse architectural and functional needs. The CB-2000, CB-150, and CB-100 panels are notable for their durability, aesthetic appeal, and adaptability, making them suitable for residential, commercial, and industrial applications.

CB-2000 Panel

Custom-Bilt Metals CB-2000 panel profile. Image courtesy of www.custombiltmetals.com.

The CB-2000 panel features a 2" high standing seam and 14" or 18" panel widths. This design creates dramatic shadow lines that enhance the roof's appearance from ridge to eave. The CB-2000 can be manufactured in lengths up to 50', minimizing the number of seams and potential weak points. The panel is versatile enough to be installed on roofs with slopes as low as 1/4:12. The floating roof design with sliding clips accommodates thermal expansion and contraction, ensuring a flexible, watertight roof.

CB-150 Panel

Custom-Bilt Metals CB-150 panel profile. Image courtesy of www.custombiltmetals.com.

The CB-150 panel, with a 1-1/2" seam height, comes in 12" and 16" widths. This panel is known for its mechanical seam locking, high strength, and durability. The CB-150 also features Cool Roof technology, which can reflect up to 70% of the sun's energy, potentially saving up to 20% on cooling costs. The panel's design incorporates stiffening ribs or striations for enhanced performance. It can be roll-formed on-site to minimize damage and waste during installation.

CB-100 Panel

Custom-Bilt Metals CB-100 panel profile. Image courtesy of www.custombiltmetals.com.

The CB-100 panel features a 1" seam height and is available in 13" and 17" widths. This panel is ideal for various architectural styles. Its mechanically locked seam provides a classic look that enhances strength and weather resistance. The CB-100 can be roll-formed on-site, eliminating damage and waste, and is available in multiple Cool Roof colors and elegant bare metal finishes, including copper and Rheinzink®.

All three panels are available in various materials, including prefinished or bare Zincalume/Galvalume, G-90 Galvanized Steel, Copper, and Aluminum, with options for Kynar 500 / Hylar 5000 coatings for enhanced durability.

Fall Protection for CB-2000, CB-150, and CB-100 Panels

Ensuring worker safety when installing or maintaining CB-2000, CB-150, and CB-100 panels is crucial. The following fall protection products are fully compatible with these panels' 22-gauge and 24-gauge steel versions. However, SSRA products are unsuitable for copper, other non-steel substrates, or 26-gauge steel. We recommend using the Ridge Pro or other strap-style anchors for these materials.

Standing Seam Roof Anchor (SSRA1)

The SSRA1 anchor system attaches securely to 22-gauge and 24-gauge steel panels without penetrating the roof, preserving the panel's integrity and providing a solid anchorage point for fall protection equipment.

SSRA2 Adjustable Roof Jack Adapter

This adapter mounts on SSRA1 anchors, supporting 10' walkboards without roof penetrations. It offers adjustable height options for various seam heights, enhancing worker safety and flexibility during installation or maintenance.

SSRA3 Anchor Plates

When combined with the Malta Dynamics HLL3001 Horizontal Lifeline System, SSRA3 Anchor Plates offer a robust solution for temporary horizontal lifelines. They can support up to two workers, ensuring comprehensive fall protection.

Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchor

Ideal for roofs with a 6/12 to 12/12 pitch, the Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchor hooks over the ridge to create a secure anchorage point, ensuring 100% tie-off safety for workers navigating steep slopes.

By utilizing these recommended fall protection systems, contractors can ensure safe and efficient work on CB-2000, CB-150, and CB-100 panel installations, preserving worker safety and the panels' structural integrity.

SL-1750, SL-100, and SLZ-1000 Panels (SnapLock)

Custom-Bilt Metals offers a variety of SnapLock standing seam metal roofing panels designed to meet diverse architectural needs with ease of installation and durability. The SL-1750, SL-100, and SLZ-1000 panels provide reliable performance and aesthetic appeal, making them suitable for residential, commercial, and industrial applications.

SL-1750 Panel

Custom-Bilt Metals SL-1750 panel profile. Image courtesy of www.custombiltmetals.com.

The SL-1750 panel features a standing seam height of 1-3/4", creating dramatic shadow lines that run continuously from ridge to eave, enhancing the visual appeal of any roofline. The SL-1750 comes in standard widths of 14" and 18". You can install it on roofs with a minimum slope of 3:12. You can choose from various materials for the panels, including prefinished or bare Zincalume/Galvalume, G-90 Galvanized Steel, Copper, and Prefinished Aluminum. With more than two dozen Cool Roof color options utilizing BASF and Kynar 500 technology, the SL-1750 offers energy efficiency and a wide variety of aesthetic choices.

SL-100 Panel (Nailstrip)

Custom-Bilt Metals SL-100 panel profile. Image courtesy of www.custombiltmetals.com.

The SL-100 panel, features a 1" seam height and is available in standard widths of 12" and 16". This panel utilizes a snap-lock system, allowing for easier installation than mechanically seamed panels. The SL-100 panels are available in multiple finishes, including Cool Roof color options and elegant bare metals like copper, Rheinzink®, and bare Zincalume®. The panels incorporate PVDF reflective technology, such as Kynar 500®, Hylar® 5000, or Fluropon®, reflecting up to 70% of the sun's energy and saving up to 20% on cooling costs. The SL-100 is designed for both steep and low-slope roofs, with continuous panels from eave to ridge, eliminating the need for overlapping seams.

SLZ-1000 Panel

Custom-Bilt Metals SLZ-1000 panel profile. Image courtesy of www.custombiltmetals.com.

The SLZ-1000 panel features a 1" seam height and is available in standard widths of 13" and 17". This panel uses a snap-lock design, facilitating quick and easy installation. Available in various materials, including steel with protective coatings, the SLZ-1000 offers a range of finish options, including Cool Roof colors and bare metals like copper, Rheinzink®, and Zincalume®. The panels can be roll-formed on-site to minimize damage and waste, ensuring a durable and long-lasting roof. The SLZ-1000 also incorporates PVDF reflective coatings to enhance energy efficiency and reduce cooling costs.

Fall Protection For SL-1750, SL-100, and SLZ-1000 Panels

Ensuring worker safety when installing or maintaining SL-1750, SL-100, and SLZ-1000 panels is essential. The following fall protection products are fully compatible with these panels' 22-gauge and 24-gauge steel versions. For copper, other non-steel substrates, and 26-gauge steel, workers should consider using the Ridge Pro or other strap-style anchors.

Standing Seam Roof Anchor (SSRA1)

The SSRA1 anchor system securely attaches to the SL-1750, SL-100, and SLZ-1000 panels without penetrating the roof, maintaining the panels' integrity and providing a reliable anchorage point for fall protection equipment.

SSRA2 Adjustable Roof Jack Adapter

Mounted on SSRA1 anchors, the SSRA2 adapter supports 10' walkboards without requiring roof penetrations. It offers adjustable height options for various seam heights, enhancing worker safety and flexibility during installation or maintenance.

SSRA3 Anchor Plates

When combined with the Malta Dynamics HLL3001 Horizontal Lifeline System, SSRA3 Anchor Plates provide a robust solution for temporary horizontal lifelines, supporting up to two workers and ensuring comprehensive fall protection.

Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchor

Ideal for roofs with a 6/12 to 12/12 pitch, the Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchor hooks over the ridge to create a secure anchorage point, ensuring 100% tie-off safety for workers navigating steep slopes.

By utilizing these recommended fall protection systems, contractors can ensure safe and efficient work on SL-1750, SL-100, and SLZ-1000 panel installations, preserving worker safety and the panels' structural integrity.

CS-100 Panel (Batten Cap Style)

Custom-Bilt Metals CS-100 panel profile. Image courtesy of www.custombiltmetals.com.

The Custom-Bilt Metals CS-100 panel is a premium standing seam metal roofing system with aesthetic appeal and practical functionality. This batten-cap-style seam roofing solution is well-suited for various architectural applications. It provides a distinctive and durable roofing option.

The CS-100 is part of Custom-Bilt Metals' standing seam roofing system, featuring continuous panels that run from ridge to eave. This design creates dramatic shadow lines that enhance the pitch and plane of every roof angle. The panel has a seam height of 1" and in panel widths of 14-1/2" or 18-1/2". 

The CS-100 panels are constructed from high-quality metal, ensuring durability and longevity compared to traditional roofing materials. They are available in various finishes, including over two dozen Cool Roof color choices. These colors feature PVDF (Polyvinylidene fluoride) reflective technology such as Kynar 500®, Hylar® 5000, or Fluropon®, which help reflect up to 70% of the sun's energy, potentially saving up to 20% on cooling costs. Additionally, the panels are offered in elegant bare metals like copper, Rheinzink®, and bare Zincalume®, providing a traditional metal look.

The CS-100 panels can be roll-formed on the job site, minimizing damage and reducing waste during installation. Their standing seam design offers excellent protection against wind, rain, and other weather elements, making them suitable for steep and low-slope roofs. The continuous panels from eave to ridge eliminate the need for overlapping seams, significantly reducing the potential for leaks. Furthermore, using concealed fasteners eliminates penetrations through the panels that could lead to leaks, ensuring superior weather resistance and longevity.

The CS-100 panels are versatile, adapting to various architectural styles. They enhance the roofline of virtually any building, providing a sleek, modern appearance. In terms of sustainability, Custom-Bilt Metals' products often contribute to sustainable building practices. At the end of their lifecycle, they are 100% recyclable, aligning with eco-friendly construction standards.

Fall Protection For CS-100 Panels

Ensuring worker safety while installing or maintaining CS-100 panels is paramount. Due to the batten cap style of the CS-100 panels, SSRA products are not compatible. Instead, we recommend using alternative fall protection systems like the Ridge Pro or other strap-style anchors.

Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchor:

The Ridge Pro Steep Assist Anchor is ideal for roofs with a 6/12 to 12/12 pitch. This anchor hooks over the ridge, creating a secure anchorage point and ensuring 100% worker tie-off while on the roof.

Using these recommended fall protection systems helps ensure workers' safety. It maintains the integrity and longevity of the CS-100 panel installations. Following best safety practices and using the appropriate equipment will create a secure working environment while preserving the high performance and aesthetic appeal of Custom-Bilt Metals' CS-100 panels.

Contact Us to Discuss Your Project

Share details about your project by contacting us at 863-703-4522 or visiting our website at  www.StandingSeamRoofAnchor.com. For further fall protection guidance, refer to OSHA's comprehensive 48-page manual.

Custom-Bilt Metals standing seam roof system installed on a house. Image courtesy of www.custombiltmetals.com.

Fall Protection Best Practices for Standing Seam Roofs

Use Roof Anchor Systems Specifically for Standing Seam Roofs

Implement roof anchor systems specifically designed for standing seam roofs. Follow the manufacturer's proper sizing and installation guidelines, ensuring accurate seam placement and torque settings. Avoid seam anchors that require attachment over clips, as locating clips on existing roofs can be challenging and unsafe.

Develop a Detailed Safety Plan

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

Foster a Safety-Conscious Work Culture

Promote regular equipment inspections and continuous training sessions to foster a workplace safety culture. A strong safety culture helps maintain high standards and significantly reduces the risk of accidents.

Provide Workers with High-Quality Safety Gear

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

Ensure Stable and Safe Access Points

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

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 likelihood of slips and falls.

Establish and Maintain Secure Work Zones

Implement guardrails, warning lines, or other barriers on low-slope roofs to create secure work zones and prevent falls. These measures help ensure a safer working environment and reduce the risk of accidents.

Encourage the Use of Trauma Straps

Safety managers should instruct workers to use trauma straps on their harnesses and provide regular training on their proper use. Trauma straps are crucial for preventing severe injuries or fatalities after a fall by reducing suspension trauma.

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 unique 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.