All posts from 2015

Roof Top Security

by Ernie Cecchetto on November 25, 2015

There is this insane trend called Parkour, where crazy people gain access to someone’s roof top and then jump off of it! If you haven’t heard of it, don’t search Parkour Fails on youtube, it’s disturbing.

That got me to thinking…what are landlords doing to secure their rooftops from unwanted intruders? Many of you have a pad lock securing a panel that blocks access to the first 10 rungs of a fixed access ladder. Others have sign-in sheets at the unlocked door exiting their mechanical penthouse…how effective could either solution really be?

Beyond Parkour enthusiast, there are a whole lot of other reasons to protect your roof tops from unwanted guests; Theft (Relatively recently in the National Capital Region, many copper roofs were being removed by “contractors” who were there to perform repairs. The copper was actually going to a recycling plant, where the plant paid the thieves in cash for the copious quantities of the expensive metal.) B&E (Some criminals use the vail of night and the roof top as the perfect entry point into a commercial building. Using simple cutting tools, they remove a section of the roof deck and climb down into the building. While on the roof, they are completely undetected.) Nefarious Intent (Roof tops are a perfect vantage point for pedestrians, or a sure fire way to ensure a fatal end to a sudden leap. These situations happen more than most would realize…)

Protecting the access point to your building’s roof is paramount and maintaining a log of all persons accessing it vital. For more information on how to secure your roof top from unwanted guests or a sample sign-in protocol, feel free to drop me a line or leave a comment below.

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The Value Of An “Honest Company”

by Ernie Cecchetto on November 3, 2015

According to the David Suzuki Foundation, companies have been selling baby hygiene products for decades that are allegedly toxic to babies and infants. The Thalidomide tragedy in 1959 was a horrific example of how some companies put profits ahead of ethics.

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Meteor Strike On Your Roof!

by Ernie Cecchetto on October 20, 2015

In my 20+ years in the roofing business I’ve witnessed a lot of crazy reasons for holes on a roof; Birds, kitchen utensils (thrown from higher roof sections), needles, bullets (YYZ), icicles falling from support wires, heck…even ground hogs burrowing into a roof! But one of the most intriguing theories I’ve heard in recent years are meteor strikes.

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The Horror of Birds…on a roof…

by Ernie Cecchetto on October 7, 2015

When Alfred Hitchcock released his horror classic “The Birds” in 1963 he depicted violent bird attacks that made audiences scream in horror.

But take away the drama, cutting edge cinematography and eerie sound track and you are still left with some pretty frightening issues…albeit roof related that is!

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Emergency on a Hospital Roof

by Ernie Cecchetto on September 28, 2015

How could someone die of a heart attack on the roof of a hospital?…

You would think that being in such close proximity to the people who could save your life would make this situation impossible right? But it actually happened.

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Maintenance at the Top of Ek’Balam

by Ernie Cecchetto on September 24, 2015

If you have ever been to Mexico, you know that the Mayans had a major influence on many parts of the Mexican culture.

On a recent trip, I took my daughter to Ek’Balam, one of the best kept secrets in the Yucatán. The pyramid and peripheral buildings were in immaculate condition. We toured with the locals throughout the entire site. My daughter was in awe of its grandeur, she couldn’t comprehend how something could have been built so long ago, yet be in such pristine condition.

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Things Have Really Been Heating Up Since 1984

by Ernie Cecchetto on September 10, 2015

If you were to go back to the summer of 1984 and ask the youthful version of myself if global warming was a problem…I would have pointed to the terrible summer I was having and the lack of time I was able to spend at Whitewater Beach in Azilda, Ontario. It was a very cool summer and I only went swimming at the beach twice. That and Huey Lewis and the News was getting way too much airplay!

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