Attempting to repair a roof on your own, especially your own roof, may require a professional, qualified roofing service. However, if you feel that you can handle the job and are able to complete it correctly then you must realize that safety comes first. Bone Dry Roofing offers excellent info on this.
What to Wear
Just because you’re working on a roof, doesn’t mean that you can get by just wearing work boots and shorts. In fact, it’s not even recommended to work on a roof in boots. Most professionals that specialize in roof repair suggest wearing running shoes over anything else. Running shoes that have soft, rubber soles make walking on a roof much safer. With work boots, you will not get the same kind of traction as you would with running shoes. Keep in mind that just because you are wearing running shoes, it will not prevent you from slipping.
A professional roofing service will always sweep down a roof before working to remove any small sticks or leaf debris that may cause a slip hazard.
What to Watch Out for
Always be sure to watch the weather. Planning a roof job also means watching what the weather is going to be like when that day finally comes. Never try and complete a roof repair when it’s windy or raining. You should also look out for morning dew, climbing onto a roof early in the morning runs the risk of slipping on moisture or even possibly ice. Most professional companies won’t even attempt to climb a roof until mid-morning just to be sure that the sun has warmed up everything and dried it away.
Watch your step. Make sure you have solid footing before you start walking around on top of a roof. This is wear running shoes comes in handy. When climbing the ladder, make sure the ladder is set properly before climbing up or down. Be sure that the ladder is firmly on the ground and angled so that the base of the ladder is approximately three feet away from the wall.
Working with a friend is also highly recommended. This way you can have a person on the ground at all times (that’s within yelling distance). In case there is an accident or an emergency, the friend can get help or warn others that happen to be walking by.
Biting Off more than you can chew
Unfortunately, there are times when you might take on a job that’s a bit more than you can handle. Always be sure that you’ll be able to finish the job correctly before you start. Calling in a roofing service to finish what you’ve started may cost you more than if you would have called them to begin with. Not knowing what you’re getting into can be very costly, and knowing what to do if something else goes wrong will go a long way. Having some experience in roof repair will be very helpful when you try and handle a roof repair job on your own.