The upstand and cover are insulated so that no heat is lost through the roof access hatch when closed. The insulation value varies greatly per brand and per type of roof access hatch. Depending upon the situation, you may choose a roof access hatch with an average insulation value, or one with a high insulation value.

By way of example, newly-build projects such as schools, hospitals, and apartment complexes frequently opt for commercial roof hatch with higher insulation values. The roof access hatch's insulation value primarily is based upon the type of insulation used, the thickness of the insulating material, along with the thermal separation.

Generally speaking, the following rule of thumb applies to insulation: the thicker the insulation, the higher the insulation value, as long as thermal separation is present.

When do you need a roof access hatch?

There are a number of scenarios where you can use a roof access hatch, which you can normally sort into two classes:

  • Non-residential buildings such as offices, hospitals, industrial units, etc..
  • Residential buildings

Roof access hatches for non-residential buildings

Roof access hatches for non-residential buildings are often installed with the intention of performing maintenance on the roof or rooftop installations, for example, air treatment systems, ac units, etc, which requires access to the roof.

Until a few years back, caged ladders were used to access roofs, meaning people had to set out on a very long vertical climb from the ground floor to the roof. The long climb and restricted space in the cage did not make for an ideal approach to get roofs. Additionally, unauthorized persons also used the caged ladders, which resulted in a number of risks.