Professional roofers are great for quick and efficient work, but they come at a high value. For homeowners able to inspect and repair their own roof, follow these 10 suggestions to keep you safe throughout the process. Always be aware of your surroundings and possible hazards.
Ask a friend or family member to assist you with tools and supplies when you’re working on a roof. This can help save you time and effort climbing up and down a ladder, and it’s calming knowing someone is available to call for help in an emergency situation.
The ladder you intend to climb should be inspected for safety prior to each use. If the ladder is in proper condition, anchor the feet on stable ground and ask your friend to hold it steady as you climb and descend. A ladder that extends at least 3 rungs above the gutter should be tall enough. Decks or patios may be slippery, so add a board at the bottom of the ladder to prevent shifting.
Attach the ladder to gutter spikes with straps to anchor it in place. This will prevent the ladder from twisting and shifting its location.
Work on roofs only when threat of precipitation is gone. Wet roofs are slippery, so allow a few hours after rain for the moisture to dry before attempting to work on the roof.
Falls can be prevented by using a properly mounted safety harness. Find a harness that is tested to support more than your body weight and the apparatus itself. Anchor the harness to a fixed anchor on the roof ridge.
Rubber soled shoes like boots or safety shoes are best when you’re working on a roof. Eye protection like safety glasses, a hard hat, and gloves are also recommended.
Keep excess roofing materials and nails contained in a bucket or tray to prevent loose pieces from tripping you. Having a place for your tools and materials to rest will keep the roof safer and make cleanup easier.
Fast moving storms make a roofing job difficult for the best workers. If there is a chance of a storm, save the project for another day. You don’t want to risk slipping on a wet roof, getting struck by lightning, or being forced off a high roof by strong winds.
Distractions from neighbors and the environment around your house could cause injury. Be focused on your roofing task while on the ladder or on the roof. You don’t want to daydream and fall off the roof or pass out from the views if you don’t enjoy heights.
If you are concerned at all about heights, don’t risk working on your roof. Ask a friend or family member to do the work, or hire a professional roofer for the job.
Safety is an essential concern while planning and working on roofs. Use these safety tips when you’re doing work yourself, and you will be more confident and feel safe while working. The tips will decrease the likelihood of acquiring an injury.