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Question DetailsAsked on 3/21/2016

Hi. I am looking for someone to secure a roof hatch. Who does this type of work?

Roofer put in roof hatch on flat roof, but it needs lock/security. Had no luck searching roofers for this type of work. Who does this? Locksmith? Carpenter? Please help. Thanks.

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I would first call the building permit department and ask to talk to the life safety inspector - ask if this hatch would be considered an emergency egress. If so, then has to have fire escape provisions, including an inside release and NO exterior lock - this is the normal case with roof hatches. Also has to have an anti-latch mechanism that prevents it from latching when it drops closed, so someone can't get locked outside - requires that the interior latch have a positive latchback mechanism that has to be manually operated to lock it. Can be a release catch you have to move back to latch it, or a slidebolt type, which should be mounted slightly on a slope so it tends to move open, not closed, if it is left in the slide positions rather than latched open and get vibrated and moves.


I would start first with the manufacturer - probably has a latch kit for with instructions on where to put it so you don't penetrate the water barrier features and cause a leak.


Otherwise, I would go with a Locksmith as more likely to get it right and for knowing how to mount such things so they don't jam and such, as might happen if you used a Handyman. Be sure to tell him how long a ladder he needs if applicable - many locksmiths do not carry a ladder with them on regular trips, as they rarely need them - most of their work is at waist height.


My guess - just a normal shot bolt or hasp and lock should do it - if openable from the inside it would normally only need a lock if in a multi-unit building accessible to anyone. In a private residence just a shotbolt would work unless there is a risk of kids getting up there.


My recommendation - since likely a location prone to moisture, I would use an all-brass combination Sesame lock, not a steel or key lock. Less likely to corrode up, especially if you hit it with a touch of WD-40 before use.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD




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