Even when roofs are intended to bear the most adverse of conditions in order to protect us from weather hostility, they’re not infallible. They’ll present flaws that will require repair in order to keep your home and family safe. But roof repair is a dangerous activity, it’s advised to let professionals handle this kind of jobs, but if you’re feeling brave and have some sort of experience, then keep in mind the following advices related to safety.
First of all, beware with power lines or other areas that might be dangerous up there, and once you’re already on the roof be sure to have a tidy work area, disorder and mess are synonym of danger when working on heights. Be sure to check the weather forecast, there’s no way you’d want to work on a slippery roof or in a rainy environment, this will help you avoid working on extremely hot or cold temperatures that can damage the shingles. Also, some rubber soled shoes are ideal to avoid slipping.
Of course, you’ll have to reach your roof somehow; the simplest way is a ladder which includes a bunch of safety measures that you better follow, such as never using a metal ladder near power lines, making sure of the absence of materials that can cause rungs, feet or steps to get slippery. If you need more height, don’t put a small ladder on an unstable base, get a higher ladder instead. Don’t move it if there’s someone using it and be sure to lock it to the ground to prevent accidental displacements. Extendable ladders must have its extensions and locks well placed. Ladders are also built to handle maximum weights, so don’t try to overload them.
If your roof dances close to power lines and you still want to give it a shot, then don’t even dare to touch a wire with your hands or a tool. Also, the usage of a non-metallic ladder (it might be wooden or made from fiberglass) will help you avoid electrical arcs to enter on direct contact with you.
Most of times shingles are made to be attached to the roof through a nail, so nail gun will be a useful yet dangerous tool, so keep in mind that you’ll never have to point a nail gun to someone else, not even joking. Don’t shoot nails; pull the trigger only when the cannon is touching the surface of the structure you’re nailing your shingle on.
Be sure to load the needed material by lifting with your legs and doing the amount of trips needed to load your materials up there, this will help you to take mid rests and avoid injuries. Of course, you will always have the option to call a professional that will know how to handle every single one of the roofing projects you have in mind, taking the right safety measures and letting you enjoy a job well done without any kind of worry.