From time to time, a homeowner may feel the need to get up on the roof to check things out. This task should never be taken lightly. Too many people have fallen off roofs and ladders and suffered pain and injuries. Sadly, these injuries are occasionally life-changing and sometimes even fatal.
The first question a homeowner should ask is if there is an alternative to getting up on the roof, or if it’s even necessary at all. The next question is, would the homeowner be better served by hiring a professional company to check out the roof situation. Finally, if the property owner does decide to climb up on the roof, he or she should practice a high degree of roof safety.
The Main Elements of Roof Safety
When a non-professional chooses to get up on a roof, a few simple precautions go a long way. These simple steps will significantly increase the safety of the person checking out the roof:
- Think safety first with every action
- Wear sturdy footwear with good traction
- Take deliberate steps up and down the ladder
- Make sure the ladder is in good condition and balanced
- Tell someone of your whereabouts
- Bring a phone
These steps should be practiced by anyone who gets up on a roof, whether a professional or a novice. They can prevent debilitating injuries.
The Reasons for a Roof Inspection
A roof inspection should be undertaken on a regular basis to catch problems before they get bigger. It is also a good way to find evidence of animals getting on the roof or even living in chimneys. In the case of vegetation wearing away shingles, an inspection can alert the homeowner to the need to prune trees. Scheduling annual roof inspections with a roofing company is a great way to keep informed of a roof’s condition. Contact State Roofing for residential and commercial roofing work by calling 206-207-5165 or emailing us today!