For those of you who are the do it yourself type of homeowner, you probably love doing little projects around the house. You build things around your property, fix anything that your kids break, and learn many new skills as you go. It’s an excellent skillset to have, but doing some DIY projects without proper experience can be very dangerous. That’s especially true when it comes to DIY roof projects, just ask any emergency room nurse during gutter cleaning season.
Roofing projects are important projects for your home’s maintenance. If not properly maintained, serious damage can occur, which can cost you thousands of dollars. But before you set up the ladder and climb up to the roof, it’s extremely important that basic roof safety procedures are maintained while you are working on DIY roof maintenance.
Here are a few things you should keep in mind to ensure roof safety for you and your family.
It’s extremely important that the ladder you’re using is high quality and sturdy. The most important aspect of roof safety is obviously not falling from anywhere. Whether it’s off the roof or off the ladder, falling from even a very slight height can seriously harm anyone.
Make sure your ladder is on a level surface and place a solid board behind the legs to prevent from slipping. If possible, always have someone else hold the ladder securely. In fact…
DIY With Someone Else
Just because you’re a do it yourselfer doesn’t mean you don’t need someone there to at least make sure you get help should anything serious happen. If you are injured during your roof care project, at least have someone on hand to assist you and call for help.
Working on your roof in flip-flops is not recommended. You should be wearing sturdy boots or shoes that will provide you with enough traction to safely maneuver around the rood. Gloves, hardhat, safety harness, tool belts, and glasses should be worn as well.
If you don’t feel comfortable working on your roof, that is completely fine. There is no shame in calling a roofing company to come and handle your roof repair in the safest way possible. Even for routine roof or gutter inspections, calling a roofing company is always your best bet.
It’s also better than just not doing anything. Roofs that aren’t maintained properly have an average lifespan of only 13 years. But if your roofing is properly maintained and consists of the highest quality shingles or materials, it can last up to 50 years.
And remember, if you aren’t a DIY homeowner, you should have your roof inspected at least once or twice a year.