Your roof is one of the most important parts of your house, but sometimes it has issues and needs a little maintenance or TLC to keep going strong. Often these projects require the assistance of a professional, but sometimes they are things that you can DIY. No matter where you are, safety should be a priority in your DIY project, but this is especially true up on a roof. Here are some safety tips for your roof repair job.
Phone A Friend
Whenever possible, don’t go up on the roof alone. It is always safer to have someone up there with you in case of injury, accident, or emergency. If there’s no one available and able to get up on the roof with you, at least have someone else in the house, who can listen for you and be available to help in case of an emergency. Don’t go up on the roof when you’re home alone and without informing people of your plans to do work so they can check on you.
Don’t decide to do this work on a whim; take the time to be truly prepared for the job. Thorough preparation allows you to minimize trips up and down the ladder for things you forgot, which is important because ladders are often the source of accidents. You should also check the weather as part of your preparations. Choose a day that is warm, dry, and doesn’t have potential rain. You don’t want to race the clock on the roof. You should also plan to start later in the day, after the dew has had time to dry.
Invest in Equipment
There is some equipment that you should invest in, if you can. The first is a safety harness, which can help protect you from serious injury if you were to fall. Toe holds are another piece of equipment that can prevent you from slipping. If you don’t have toe holds, make sure that you have sturdy, non-slip shoes that have rubber soles and a good tread. Finally, a roof seat is a cool piece of equipment that will give you a safe place to sit if you need to rest during this tiring job.
It’s always tempting to believe that we can do anything we set our minds to, but be realistic about what you can accomplish. Fixing a leak is different than re-shingling a whole roof. You know your limits, but don’t take on more than you can handle. If you’re unsure, call in a professional.
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