Having a well maintained roof on your home is one of the most important ways to keep your homes value intact. With proper maintenance you can avoid costly water damage and avoid risking structural compromises in your home. However, with roof maintenance comes a series of risks. It is important to be careful and put safety first while repairing or maintaining your roof. Here are some easy steps that you can take to make sure that you stay safe while working on your roof.
One of the main dangers of repairing your roof is the fact that you will be working at an unsafe distance above the ground. Falling from a second floor roof could be fatal so it is paramount to make sure you play it safe and take all of the necessary precautions.
Roof repair should ideally be done on a dry and sunny day. A wet roof provides less traction and can increase your chances of slipping and falling. For those living in colder climates, ice and snow create an even greater hazard and you should never work on an icy roof. The catch-22 here is that you likely won’t notice any problems with your roof until the rainy (or snowy) season starts so it is a good idea to inspect your roof regularly when the conditions are optimal.
Rubber soled shoes will provide the best traction and reduce your risk of slipping while working on your roof. Roofers should use a tool belt, as well, so that they have access to their tools when there is no flat surface to rest them on. It is also a good idea to wear safety goggles to prevent any potential eye damage caused by flying debris. Additionally, it is a good idea to wear a safety harness with a secured rope. In the event that you do slip and fall this will prevent any serious harm. Lastly, it is a good idea to invest in a roofing ladder. This is especially important for steep roofs. A roofing ladder will essentially hook over the top of a pitched roof and give you a stable base to work from.
Roof repair can be a rather daunting task but a necessary part of home maintenance. For serious damage it may be best to consult a professional. This guide is simply for the do-it-yourself savvy home owners that wish to take a few extra steps in order to repair their roof safely.