Working Safely on a Roof

Working Safely on a Roof

Working on a roof is, for obvious reasons, a dangerous task. A single misstep can easily result in a broken neck. Therefore, it’s very important to take safety measures. Some of these are obvious – never climb onto your roof in rain, snow, or high wind, as the possibility of slipping or losing your balance is much higher. Wear boots or shoes that have good traction and clothing that won’t restrict your movement.

The next step is to acquire appropriate safety gear. For this you have a few options:

Ways to Work on a Steeply Pitched Roof

The possibility of slipping and falling makes working on any roof dangerous, but it’s especially so if the roof rises more than 4 feet for every 12 feet of horizontal span. You need safety equipment whenever you climb on a steep roof…

A harness is an excellent option but will do you no good if the safety catch is not attached to the roof correctly. Watch this video for how to best secure your harness:

Now that you have your safety gear and appropriate attire and know how to attach your harness you’re ready to climb onto the roof. But this can be just as dangerous, if not more so, than the actual working on the roof. Following appropriate ladder safety is essential:

How to Climb a Ladder to a Roof

Gutter and roof maintenance requires homeowners to take the occasional trip to the roof with a ladder. Climbing a ladder can be dangerous, especially so if the roof is two stories or higher. Simply leaning an extension ladder against the side of the house is not enough. …

Once on the roof step carefully so as to avoid damaging your roof or stumbling. If the roof is unstable, has sustained heavy damage, or has holes, come down immediately and call your local Manassas roofing contractor. A job of that capacity is far too dangerous to attempt without professional training. With any roofing project, remember that you can always contact the professionals. Use common sense – taking life-threatening risks is never worth saving a few dollars.

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