As the summer starts to wind down, you might find that your home is need of roof repairs. Prepare your home for a long fall season of wind and rain and keep those leaks out of your house. While you might feel confident enough to perform these repairs, you should always consult with a professional roofer to make sure it is safe enough to do so. Once it is safe enough to climb up on your roof, here is how you can stay safe while conducting roof repairs.
Familiarize Yourself with the Conditions
Even if the roof itself is deemed safe, the areas surrounding it might not be safe. Prevent your kids or pets from wandering too close to your proposed work site. Then, look out for any other possible hazards to be aware of before you get started. Some risks include:
- Downed power lines
- Damaged roof access points
- Scattered debris
- Rough ground
Take note of environmental conditions. If a storm has just passed, it’s possible that the roof and the ground around your house will still be wet. A wet roof is a dangerous roof, so don’t do any work on it. If the weather outside is too hot or too cold, you should wait. Otherwise, any repairs you do make might not be as effective as you think due to possible warping or improper sealing.
Set Up Your Ladder
Make sure the ladder you choose is sturdy enough to support your weight. One possible ladder you can choose is an extension ladder, which should be tall enough to stretch at least three feet past the edge of your roof. Fiberglass ladders offer better protection against electrocution, so if you are worried about exposure to shock hazards, you should choose a fiberglass ladder. However, these ladders also tend to be heavier than their standard aluminum counterparts. Whichever ladder you want, follow all instructions to set it up safely. Never use a ladder that has been damaged in any way, since a damaged ladder is likely to be unsteady and thus, unsafe. Last but not least, set your ladder up on solid ground whenever you can.
Keep Equipment Close By
Once you have set your ladder up correctly, climb up onto the roof. When you’re up here, be sure to keep all of your equipment close by; use a bucket secured by ropes, so your tools won’t fall off the roof and potentially hit someone watching below. Once your ropes are in place, make sure to note where they are so you don’t trip over them while working.
Contact Topper Construction Today!
If you’re interested in getting some roofing work done or siding installed in your home, or would like a free estimate, contact Topper Construction. With Topper Construction, you’ll see the benefit of nearly three decades of experience. Contact Topper Construction at 301-874-0220 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in learning more. We can help you with projects in Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Northern Virginia.