With all the annual maintenance that a home requires, the cost of owning a home can become expensive over time. That’s why many homeowners attempt to limit their expenses by tackling home repair projects on their own. While simple household repairs can make easy DIY projects, roofing repair requires strict compliance of safety protocols to ensure you get on and off your roof in one piece. Here are some tips on how to safely navigate your roof.
Check the Forecast
It’s easy to forget about your roof until a severe weather event is approaching, and then try and race up there to make last-minute reinforcements before the storm hits; however, doing so can cause serious harm as the risk of slipping, wind-blown debris, and lightning strike is increased. That’s why you should never attempt to go on your roof during a storm. Before climbing on your roof, check the weather, dress appropriately, and only go up there if your roof is dry.
Wear Proper Footwear
Having sturdy footwear is a must when navigating a roof. Weathered roof shingles may have lost some of its asphalt granules that allow shoes to grip, and your old, worn-down sneakers won’t provide the tread required to secure a solid footing. For secured roof walking, invest in a pair of rubber-soled work shoes or hiking boots that are made for elevated or sloped climbing.
Use a Toolbelt
While you’re on your roof, it’s important to keep your hands free in case you suddenly need to brace yourself to prevent from slipping or falling. You don’t want to be juggling tools or risk dropping one and having to climb back down to retrieve it. That’s why wearing a toolbelt or satchel will help keep your work instruments secure and accessible while you focus on maintaining your footing.
Secure Your Ladder
When accessing your roof, it’s best to use an extension ladder that can rest against your home. If set on level ground and at the correct angle, your body weight will help keep the ladder firmly against your home as you climb. The extended ends of the ladder will also provide handles for you to grip when exiting onto the roof and climbing back down. If your ladder does not reach your roof, then locate the area of your roof that is closest to the ground and make sure there are no debris or tree limbs around that could hinder your climb. If your ladder feels wobbly, then try balancing it underneath with a piece of wood or securing it to the ground with stakes.
Use the Buddy System
Safe roof navigation is a two-person job. Ideally, you’ll want someone holding the ladder for you to ensure that it remains sturdy as you get on and off your roof. If you are alone, keep your phone handy in your toolbelt in case of an emergency. Also, let a housemate, friend, or neighbor know when you’re going to be on your roof. It’s entirely plausible for a ladder to fall — leaving you stranded on your roof if no one is around to help.
The dangers of roof navigation far outweigh the cost-effectiveness of do-it-yourself roofing. To avoid injury to yourself or your roof, it’s best to leave such projects to professionals who have a strong command of roof maintenance and repair.
Get Your Roof Serviced by Professionals
At Roof Commander, we have the equipment and experience to provide complete and thorough roof inspections, repairs, and replacements. Come down from your roof and trust the professionals to get the job done. Give us a call today at 352-459-7599 to schedule your consultation.