COP v3.0:maintenance; storage

16.11 Storage 

Roof and wall cladding must be kept dry, covered and protected from damage while stored on the site.

When sheets are to be stored on the ground, they must be stacked horizontally on a firm and level surface on top of cross-stacked untreated timber fillets, inclined slightly for rainwater runoff and be covered with a loose tarpaulin allowing air to circulate.

Sheets should be stacked in sheltered positions preferably near areas of the building where it is to be fixed, and they should be stacked in the order in which they will be used.

The height of such stacks should not exceed 1 m, and they should be clear of the ground. If it is necessary to stack sheets in an exposed position, they should be secured against any movement by the wind.

Well ventilated storage is essential as rainwater, or condensation in humid weather can penetrate and damage close-stacked metal cladding by capillary action. Always store metal products under cover in clean, well ventilated buildings.

Once packs are opened and laying of the roof or wall cladding commences, a continual visual check should be made to ensure the surface of the sheets are free of any noticeable defect or damage. This is particularly important with pre-coated materials.