There are many roofing repairs that can be made on your own. In fact, many homeowners do this on their own, as well as a roofing inspection at least once per year. However, there are many accidents that happen every year because of this and it's usually because the homeowner either did not have the proper tools for safety or did not consider any safety tips for working on the roof. Here are five tips to help you safely work on your roof:
- Dress Properly: The first thing you want to do is dress properly. It's a good idea to wear a hard hat, gloves, and shoes that have a grip. A hard hat will protect you if you do happen to slip, although this is not likely to happen if you are wearing the proper shoes with a grip. The gloves are important because it will protect your hands from bacteria that grows on the roof, which is especially important if you will be removing any built-up debris and dirt on the roof at this point. You should also wear comfortable clothes that include a long sleeve shirt and pants.
- Consider the Weather: You should never work on your roof if it is windy, raining, or snowing. If work absolutely has to be done during this time because of a leak or other emergency, you need to hire professionals. Otherwise, you can very easily get hurt since no matter what you wear, a slip is much more likely to happen.
- Use a Harness: Many homeowners believe this is unnecessary, however, it's extremely important, especially if you have no experience working on a roof. In fact, the number one reason accidents happen is because a homeowner was not wearing a harness. You can purchase one of these at your local hardware store.
- Use a Sturdy Ladder and a Spotter: Before you climb up on the roof, always be sure that your ladder is sturdy and never use a ladder that cannot reach the top of the roof. An extension ladder is best since this is more likely to reach the roof's edge. You should also have someone spotting you. You should never work on the roof without someone below looking out for you.
- Don't be Stubborn: Finally, you don't want to be stubborn. If you are not able to work on the roof safely, then hire professionals. This is much better than potentially putting yourself at risk. Besides, professionals have warranties they can offer on the work, as well as insurance to protect you if they are injured and themselves.
When you consider these five tips, you are going to have a strong roof without putting anyone in danger. Contact a company like Mulligan Roofing for more information and assistance.