Factors to consider when purchasing residential roof edge protection

Roof Edge protection for residential projects can be a headache when trying to find an efficient and compliant solution. Every project has different access challenges with some projects having façade scaffolding to help work with and others having little or no room beneath the edge to build up from.  In this article, we will explore the factors to consider when purchasing residential roof edge protection.


Compliance with Safety Standards:

Before purchasing any roof edge protection system, it is vital to ensure that it complies with relevant safety standards and regulations. Look for systems that adhere to local building codes, as well as national safety guidelines. These standards are in place to ensure the highest level of safety for workers and occupants. Look for the manufacturing standard ISO9001 and the edge protection compliance standard AS/NZS 4994:2009 to ensure you are using a safe and approved system for the New Zealand standards.


Ease of Installation:

Efficient systems and gear are essential for any project and equally important when it comes to installing roof edge protection. Look for systems that are designed for quick and straightforward installation. This not only saves time but also reduces labour costs. If scaffolding is used on the project this can be used for edge protection to save putting a standalone system in. Our mobile scaffold towers can be used to create facade scaffolding access and double its effectiveness as roof edge protection. Our EasyRail system is one of the simplest designs on the market that uses little components and can be set up by one person if required. It is also a standalone system so does not rely on other systems to make it work. More often than not it does not require screwing off so reduces damage and repair work after it is removed.


Flexibility and Adjustability:

Different construction projects may require different configurations for roof edge protection. A versatile system that offers flexibility and adjustability is beneficial. Consider systems that can be adapted to various roof types and pitches, allowing for customized setups. This versatility ensures a perfect fit and optimum safety for any residential project. Talk to us about your specific project and its requirements so we can suggest the right edge protection system for you - 0800 394 222.


Compatibility with Other Equipment:

Roof edge protection systems often need to work in conjunction with other equipment such as scaffolding or access platforms. Before making a purchase, it is wise to look into the different equipment that will be used on the job such as the scaffolding type. It is also important to look at the material that it will be attaching to e.g., timber board, steel or timber beams and ensuring the system will fit and secure properly.


Overview of Easy Access Edge Protection Systems:



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EasyRail is the most effective and straight forward edge protection system on offer.  It requires minimal fixing to the (house) and can be set up with one person.

  • Easyrail roof edge protection is available in 4 standard post heights, 1m, 2m, 3m and 4m these can also be joined using the Easyrail joining spigot.
  • For installation, the cantilever bracket simply slides up the posts and is tightened under the eaves.
  • Using couplers and aluminium tube, base, mid and top rails can be installed in seconds.
  • Easyrail is the ultimate safe solution for any low level roof¬†fall¬†prevention system¬†you may have.



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EasyDeck is the ultimate quick and easy scaffold system that combines safety and efficiency. It provides an easily adjustable continuous, platform while providing edge protection for roof work.

  • A high strength, lightweight welded aluminium structure.
  • Protect from roof falls while working on the soffit and wall of the building.
  • This is a multi-use¬†quick deck scaffold system combination.
  • System is free-standing, requires minimum fixing to the building.
  • Fast, two-person set up. It reduces downtime on the job, saving you time and money.
  • Unique combination of the easy rail edge protection system, Easy Access prefabricated platforms and cantilever support brackets.
  • The system incorporates many standard Easy Access scaffold components including¬†guardrails¬†and¬†work platforms. You can save money by adding to the scaffold components you already have.
  • Certified aluminium or wooden planks can be used to create a work platform.
  • Height adjustable screw jacks allow for uneven ground.
  • The base frame can be located on the top of standard SafeSmart Access¬†roof base frames¬†to enable quick and safe access and edge protection on two-story homes.
  • Platform height is totally adjustable along the length of the easy rail post.



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Saferoof is another great system that utilizes the popular mini mobile scaffold system and allows it to provide a complete edge protection and platform system.

  • Allows contractors to work on both roof and the side walls/fascia at the same time.
  • The mini mobile system provides a very quick and simple way to scaffold out full buildings while providing roof edge protection simultaneously.
  • This system allows for 225kg to be placed on every deck which measures 1700mm long x 700mm wide.
  • Stairways can be placed at any end to allow easy access for contractors and materials.


Easy System Brackets:

Easy System brackets are a simple bolt in option that are very effective in some applications and can be used with standard tube and clip scaffolding components. Different attachment types available.

  • Made from lightweight, non-rusting aluminium.
  • Simple solution for erecting edge protection to any building.
  • Compatible with standard tube and clip components lengthened screw slots for easy positioning and attaching.



We trust this guide helps point you in the right direction for your next project using edge protection. If you have any questions, feel free to chat to our knowledgeable team - 0800 394 222 | sales@easyaccess.co.nz. We would recommend going to SafeSmart Access if you are looking for commercial edge protection solutions as they have a big range of options. Remember to always put safety first and ensure your system complies with NZ standards!