1. Stability of the roofOne thing to consider is the stability of the roof. Make sure that the roof is stable enough to support the weight of an adult. Take the time to look for the following issues that can be seen plainly from ground level, sometimes it can get a bit difficult to gauge the severity of roofing issues from a distance so again, please take the necessary precautions. Things to look out for
- Missing or Loose Shingles
- Damp Spots and Patches of Moisture
- Dented or Slumped Gutters
- Structural Weakness or Sagging
- Corroded, Warped or Curling Shingles
2. Ladder to be usedThe next thing you need to consider is the ladder you will be using to climb onto the roof and the placement of the ladder - safety should be your #1 priority. Ladder safety statistics indicate that around 300 people die each year due to ladder related accidents, more than half a million are treated for ladder related injuries each and every year. To make sure that your ladder is placed correctly, make sure that it is kept at an angle of 4:1. You should also make sure the ladder is fastened properly to the roofline to avoid any accidents. Make sure that the ladder is in good working condition and safe to use before mounting it. The most common type of roofing ladder to use is an extension ladder. This type of ladder will help you get onto the roof and can also be used to work on the roof. Some of the extension ladders referred to as portable ladders or straight ladders come with hooks on top so they can be secured to the ridge of the roof. You should be ok using the following ladders: Type lll – Light Duty – 200 pounds (Household Use) Type ll – Medium Duty – 225 pounds (Commercial Handymen, Light Maintenance and Mechanics) Any rating on a ladder higher than the ones mentioned above are considered construction / industrial use and should also be ok for home use.
3. WeatherIf you will be accessing the rooftop consider the weather before racing to your rooftop. Certain weather conditions can make the shingles or other parts of your roof extremely slippery and can put you at serious risk. This is especially true of rain and snow. Make sure you stay far away from your roof in these situations - safety comes first. If you are dealing with a roof emergency situation please contact a certified professional like GreenLiving – 844-398-9697
4. Holes in the RoofIf you have holes in your roof –WATCH OUT- those can be a recipe for disaster in the future. The dangers of having holes in your roof will be addressed more in depth in another article, for now just know that holes in your roof can cause major problems for you down the road.
5. Effective TrainingDon’t wing it! When someone who is not trained on roof safety manages to get onto a rooftop to do even the simplest roof repair safety becomes a major factor to consider. If you must access the roof please be sure to use channels like YouTube and other online blogs to educate yourself on proper roof safety.
6. Poor Line of SightIt is crucial to know exactly where you are on a rooftop at all times. Knowing where the edges are very important. Things such as ridge vents and chimneys can easily block your line of sight so be mindful of these potential hazards.
7. Pitch - Fall Heights and Split LevelUsing protection equipment is vital when accessing a rooftop especially if the roof is steep. Fall protection gear like the KwikSafety 3D Full Body Harness Kit can prove to be a life-saver and comes at a price under $100 so well worth the investment. All protective equipment should be kept on when you are on a roof. So there you have it! Roof repairing can be a hard long process. It’s always best to have your roof inspected each and every year and your roof repairs done by a trusted, insured award winning roofing company. GreenLiving is one of those experts and if you call us today we’ll conduct a full Cross-Point Roof Inspection and we will cover the entire cost. Call us or fill out the form and we’ll get a professional out for your complimentary Cross-Point Roof Inspection. Roof repairing is difficult so if you just finished a DIY roof repair project and are in the Los Angeles, San Diego or Orange County areas, do not hesitate to give us a call – We’ll extend the Free Cross-Point Inspection to make sure everything was done correctly, make sure your home is up to code and to give you that peace of mind that your roof is in tip top shape Need help with Solar Installation, Exterior Paint or Windows? Feel free to reach out to us as well with any questions. Call 844-398-9697[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]