What to consider when choosing a guardrail?


After weeks of consideration, you finally figured it out. A guardrail will be the best solution to keep your (maintenance) workers safe, when working on the roof. But then, a lot of questions that need to be answered.

There are plenty of guardrails available on the market. Different materials, mounting options, freestanding or roof penetrating, attached to walls or parapets. With all these options on the table, decisions need to be made. ­­­

Five different factors

In this article we will discuss five different factors to take into consideration when you need to choose a guardrail for your roof.

Choosing the right guardrail

With all these factors taken into consideration, we can make a decision which type of guardrail to choose. Mainly speaking, there are two types of guardrails:

  • Free-standing guardrails: When drilling or any other form of mounting to the roof membrane is not preferred, a free-standing guardrail system can be considered. This type of system can easily be set up near the edge of the roof (or other fall hazard) and is kept in place by a counterweight block for each upright. This is why this system is also called a non-penetrating guardrail.
  • Permanent guardrails: Sometimes a roof is provided with a parapet which does not meet the local requirements for fall prevention. Often the height of the parapet is not enough to make it serve as a fall protection barrier. In these cases a permanent guardrail system can be installed to, or on top of, the existing parapet to create a safe working zone for workers.

XSseQure: Our newest asset

To make the decision easier and more cost-effective, XSPlatforms has created the XSseQure guardrail. This set of guardrails is cost-effective for projects on both small and large roof surfaces. Also, this system is quick and easy to install because it is made from lightweight aluminum.

The benefits of this system are:

  • A high quality, stable guardrail system
  • Beautiful aesthetically designed system
  • Competitive pricing
  • Safe and easy to assemble
  • No pre-drilling/riveting in aluminum components required
  • The system can be installed by one person only
  • Easy to stack

Download the leaflet

Do you want to know more about this XSseQure guardrails system? Download the leaflet or check out the XSseQure page, which includes a brand new video from the system.

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