Roof repair is not always simple as it looks. It entails many risks and dangers. That is why it’s always advisable to engage the services of Dublin roofers. If you choose to do it on your own, you need to mind your own safety. Here are a few safety tips to help keep you safe on the job
Scan your environment.
This is a very critical step that will determine the safety of the entire project. Before you scale the roof, it’s important to look around and get the general feel of the area. The idea is to spot anything that would cause a safety concern.
Above the ground, powerlines and overhanging trees would be potential hazards. On the ground, rough terrain is the greatest danger as it affects the stability of the ladder.
Apart from that, consider general weather conditions. Don’t work during stormy winds or extreme weather condition, either when it’s too hot or cold. Also avoid working after rains or snow as the roofs tend to be very slippery increasing the chances of accidents occurring.
Moreover, block off the working area and put clear signage to prevent unauthorized persons from coming near the repair site. Should a tool or a part of the roof fall off, no one will be on harm’s way.
Accessing the roof.
When you have secured the environment, it’s time to go up the roof. The most common access tool used is the ladder. A standard ladder that stretches at least 3 feet above the edge of the roof will serve you well.
Basically, we have aluminum and fiberglass ladders. Aluminum ladders are light hence very portable. The fiberglass ladder is chosen for its non-conductivity property, offering good protection in case the ladder accidentally comes into contact with powerlines.
Ensure you install the ladder properly. Select a firm, stable level ground. If you have to use uneven ground, ensure you stabilize the ladder with a piece of wood to level the base. Then secure it with a rope or wire to a stake to prevent it from toppling. To keep the ladder from sliding sideways, tie the top of the ladder with ropes or wires and fasten it to an anchoring point.
As you go up the ladder, do not carry any tools with you. You need both hands holding onto the ladder for stability. Have somebody pass you the tools or hoist them in a bucket once you are securely on the roof.
Have the right clothing and safety gear.
Use safety harness or roof brackets when accessing particularly dangerous roofs, that is, high and/or steep roofs. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s instructions for maximum safety assurance.
As for the clothes, just wear a comfortable clothe that allows you to maneuver easily. What you should avoid is baggy clothes that could be caught up on the roof components or the tools.
For shoes, a flat shoe with rubber sole will offer good traction. To prevent slipping and dirtying the roof, clear your sole of any dirt, mud or debris before climbing up the roof.
Don’t forget knee pads. Since you will do most of the work on your knees, you need to keep the knees as comfortable as possible.
Types of roofs amateurs should avoid
For your own good, some types of roofs should be left to the pros. You may want to save a few Euros but it is not worth risking your own life. Avoid DIY on these types of roofs:
- Steep sloped roofs.
- Extra-ordinarily high roofs.
- Slate and tile roofs. You could easily slip and fall over a loose slate or tile.