Before you think about doing anything to you roof like sort out the shingles or even clean the guttering you should make sure that you have your roof safety guidelines down! Even the easiest job can be dangerous to your safety if you are working that high up, even if it’s a one story property.
Even all you people out there that may be experience D.I.Y-er’s should still do everything to make sure that you reduce the risk of winding up in hospital. So not only will you be in hospital you will still have a damaged roof.
Wear the right shoes
This may seem like common sense, but it’s worth pointing out that you have to make sure you wear the correct shoes or boots. I would recommend anything with a good amount of grip on, ideally boots with rubber soles for that extra grip to make sure that you remain on the roof for longer than one step. Always make sure that the tread is there because the risk is too high, Excuse the pun!.
Clean it up
So you have the right footwear on. There is absolutely no way your falling of that roof unless you get pushed or if you jump. So before you decide to actually do any maintenance to the roof always make sure that you give the roof a good clean. Be sure you can clear all the built up dirt and various debris that is up there.
Wear a safety Harness
I think this is defiantly the most important. No doubt you will have people that will be reading this post thinking “my old boots will be fine” or “I don’t have to clean my roof, its ok” but without the safety harness, as crude as it sounds I guarantee you are going to injure yourself. When those boots you’ve had for 20 years don’t grip and you slip, this harness is going to be there to stop you from falling. If you are only going to listen to one thing make sure it is this!
Use Gutter Guard
One great way to keep your ladder safe and steady and to keep the gutters protected as you’re up on the roof is by using a gutter-guard. The gutter-guard basically consists of any scrap piece of timber or plywood which you secure to the roof deck, put a notch in it, lean the ladder legs against the notch and tie in place
Have Toe Holds
“What are toe holds?” I hear you ask. Well my friend they are very simple, they are literally 2 piece of wood. Preferably wood that won’t break with a bit of pressure. And when you have them nail them into the roof and this is another measure to prevent you slipping. And once you have finished with them just simply remove them. If I where you I would keep them for next time, and save the money that may go towards the roof.
Avoid Watery Roofs
Whenever there’s been some kind of liquid on your roof (whether it’s rain, snow, ice, dew or the first frost of the year), just put your work on hold until the roof dries (or thaws, as the case may be). For this reason, do not undertake roof work in the winter, unless it’s an emergency.