Parapet walls were originally created for defensive purposes, but they’ve survived in modern architecture for completely different reasons. Today, parapet walls are used on roofs—mainly flat roofs—as guard rails to keep anyone on the roof as safe as possible. Parapet walls also help to stop fires from spreading, and they keep any accumulated debris from falling off of flat roofs and injuring any passersby.
In New York, parapet walls are fairly commonplace, thanks in part to the number of flat roofs in the city. If you need to have a parapet wall installed, replaced, or repaired, you can count on the contractors at Atlas Construction USA Corp. We’ve been providing roofing and construction services to home and businesses in New York for more than 15 years, and we can help you make sure that your parapet walls are in perfect condition and in compliance with city codes. All of our contractors are licensed, professionally trained, and extensively experienced, so we can always guarantee excellent workmanship and your complete satisfaction.
Advantages of Parapet Walls
Parapet walls offer a number of great advantages to buildings—which is one of the reasons you’ll want to keep them in good condition—including:
- Fire Protection
Because the parapet walls extend above your roof plane, they can prevent flames from spreading upward, and from spreading across buildings. In many cities around the world, parapet walls are a requirement for this very reason.
- Improves Wind Uplift Resistance
Winds can cause a lot of damage to your roofing, especially if the roof is at a high altitude, where winds are frequently stronger. Parapet walls help to increase the wind resistance of your roofing and keep any damages to a minimum.
These advantages are weakened when the parapet walls of your New York property are damaged in any way, so making sure that they are properly and promptly repaired is a huge priority. The professionals contractors at Atlas Construction USA Corp. can thoroughly inspect your parapet walls, accurately diagnose any problems, and quickly handle repairs.