London ON roofing is an important industry in Ontario because many residential and commercial roofs need essential maintenance and care whenever possible. While maintenance tasks seem easy for anyone to perform on a roof, it’s quite the opposite. Going up to your roof and inspecting the materials itself is quite difficult. In addition, having to traverse the angled slopes with only your slippers or athletic-oriented shoes isn’t exactly the best and safest way to do it.
The most difficult part of roofing — and trust us because we’re one of London ON’s finest roofers for metal and other roofing materials — is maintaining safety. If you ask any modern roofing company, they will always prioritize their personnel safety and invest in stabilizing equipment that allows them to travel and work on a roof with minimal fall risks.
How to Safely Traverse Your Roof for Maintenance
While we wouldn’t encourage any homeowner to traverse their roof without proper training and continuous experience, it pays to know the actual safe maintenance process. It can be that your reliable roofing company is unavailable to inspect your roof because a huge storm will arrive in a few hours. In fact, you may need to do a patch-up roofing job before the storm arrives. Diversified Roofing has an excellent guide for roof maintenance safety.
Have Safety Equipment Ready
Making sure that you have the right type of gear to go up on your roof should be the first thing you do before starting maintenance. We’re all human and these safety tools help make sure that any mistakes aren’t as punishing or fatal. Some of the necessary tools that you need include:
- A Ladder. Your ladder is responsible for getting you up and down the roof safely. Make sure that it is in good condition before using it. It shouldn’t be rusty or have any missing or loose parts as this could cause the ladder to collapse under your weight. You can also catch tetanus if you get cut on any parts that have rust on it.
- Safety Harnesses. A safety harness is a literal lifeline in case you ever slip while doing roof maintenance.
- Boots with adequate traction. Traction is an important part of any decent pair of boots. These help keep you planted firmly on your roof and keeps you from slipping off.
- Safety Goggles. If you’re working your roof then you’re definitely going to need some sort of eye protection. This keeps debris from hitting you in the eyes. It also makes sure that you can keep working even after a bird has hit you in the face.
Keep an Eye on the Weather
A great way to prepare for the weather is to make sure to pay attention to weather forecasts on your television. You can even visit sites online to check the weather on your maintenance day. If there is a chance of the weather taking a turn for the worse, make sure to reschedule. It isn’t worth the risk.
The risk involved in going up on your roof during terrible weather isn’t worth it. Working on your roof during a thunderstorm is just asking for trouble. The rain and wind will make it hard to see and make the roof far more slippery than usual. Some winds can even get strong enough to send a piece of debris straight into a tree and lodge it in the tree’s trunk.
Never Work Alone
Bringing someone else to work on the roof with you is as important as knowing the weather, and the safety tools you bring. Having an extra set of hands not only lets you work on your roof faster, but they might be able to spot things that you won’t be able to. They’ll also be able to help ensure your safety by being there in case something goes terribly wrong. If you’re alone and end up having an accident then there won’t be anyone to call an ambulance. So, bring a buddy and always work together. (Continued)
Why Just Leave it to the Pros?
Aside from safety concerns, leaving your roof inspections and maintenance to professional roofers in London ON such as Cub Roofing guarantee you nail every small issue in the bud before their labor hours finish. Professionals use different observation and testing methods to uncover the smallest cracks and loose ends on your roof. In turn, it saves you time and money in the process.
If you have yet to find a professional roofer to work with, you can count on Cub Roofing. Contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you!