Repair Your Roof Safely

If you’re trying to repair your own roof, you might want to go over a complete safety list before continuing with such a dangerous job. Learn More

Test the Time

If you’re going to do some roofing, you need to test your weather locally. When you are going to expose your bare roof to the weather for a period of time, you might want to watch out for rain. Rain is not good on a bare roof; not for the wood and definitely not for you. Water left on a roof’s bare wood will destroy it and will do so. If you are not careful it can swell, crack, and eventually leak. Walking on is also dangerous, you can slip and fall and cause serious injury, or even fatal injury. Always do a job of roofing in the rain, when it snows or when it is windy.

Using the proper tools and the most secure equipment

The key tools you’ll need will be the ladder and the shingling hammer. Roofing contractors all have their own unique resources they consider as the best. The truth is if you’re not in the business of roofing, you don’t need the best; you need tools that will get the job done.

Act with your Mate

Roofing companies suggest a good idea to be working with a friend. If you’re going to be on top of the wall, getting a “ground man” would be smart. This can be very difficult to carry content on top of a wall. You risk not only losing the content but also costly equipment and devices.

When you prefer to keep everything on the ground, a ground man will carry whatever tools and/or materials you may need. Maintaining things on the ground that slow progress but it is smarter and safer. Roofing contractors recommend that shingle packages be left on the building, but other materials and unused equipment will remain on the ground to avoid accidental falls and cause serious or fatal injury.

Secure yourself at any given time

Most people make the mistake of taking off their shirt while working on a roof, not that this is not accomplished by roofing contractors, it’s just that being exposed to the sun without any cover runs the risk of having serious sunburn. A thin long sleeve shirt and work pants are recommended, but wearing cargo shorts and a tee shirt can help you get away.

It’s also preferred to sports shoes over the normal work hat. The rubber soles have more traction for running shoes, which can withstand the hot roof more than a work boot’s hard soles.

Wear good pair of gloves for work. The handling of roof shingles on hands and fingers is rough. The shingles may get really hot too and you can get a first-degree burn.

If working for private roofing contractors, unlike qualified roofing firms, it’s doubtful they’ll supply you with gloves.

Sweep the roof over before you turn outside. Sweep away any sticks and leaf debris, to keep the roof from slipping and falling.