3 Safety Tips To Keep In Mind For Your First Roofing Project

23 February 2016
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Every homeowner knows that it's important to keep up a regular maintenance schedule in order to keep a house in good condition, but there's often one area of the house that is sometimes forgotten even though it's right over their heads: the roof. Doing a regular inspection of your roof is will help ensure that you can find and stop any potential problems with leaks, insulation or other areas before it's too late. But if you've never been on your roof before, you might not be properly equipped for the job. If you're going to try and inspect your roof yourself instead of hiring a roofing contractor, here are 3 key pieces of roofing safety equipment you'll want to have on hand.

Stabilize The Ladder

First things first, you're not going to be able to work on your roof if you can't get up there safely. Only use a ladder with quality safety catches and don't forget to invest in a few ladder stabilizers. You can find stabilizers at any well-known home improvement store. The stabilizers will keep the ladder from swaying if it gets a bit windy. (If the wind becomes more than just a breeze, get off the roof immediately.)

Safety Harness

To be honest, a safety harness is not usually very comfortable to work in. But you know what would be even more uncomfortable? Falling off your roof because you didn't feel like wearing one. A safety harness won't just help prevent physical injury, it can also help you focus more on the job at hand because you will know that you have a backup plan in place to protect you if you do accidentally take a spill.

From Your Head to Your Feet

When working on your roof, make sure your attire focuses more on keeping you safe than trying to look good for the rest of the neighborhood. Your shoes should have a good grip on them, a decent pair of work boots at the home improvement store will do the trick. It may also not be a bad idea to get yourself a helmet and a pair of safety goggles.

If you want to try your hand at roofing, make sure you are equipped for the job. A ladder stabilizer, a safety harness, and the right shoes will go a long way towards ensuring that you stay upright. If the job ends up being more than you can handle, there's no shame in reaching out to a local roofing contractor instead.