THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2015
Your roof is one of the most important parts of the structure of your home. If it's in poor repair, you risk flooding, infestation, and other damage. It can even affect insurance rates. Oftentimes, a visual check from the ground will tell you if it's in good health, especially in a single-story home, but sometimes a closer inspection is called for. However, getting up on the roof and staying there safely can be a big challenge for many people, particularly those who don’t have a head for heights.
The first safety rule is that if you don’t have that head for heights, if you have a physical disability or are suffering from an injury, or if you’re just plain scared, you probably shouldn't even think of going up there. Get a professional to do it instead. Most builders and home inspectors will probably do it for you for a relatively modest cost.
But if you do make the ascent, here are some simple tips to follow:
- Avoid going on the roof if the weather has made it slippery or if strong winds are blowing.
- If there are damaged areas or weak spots, make sure you know in advance, if possible, where they are.
- Wear good shoes with non-slip soles, a safety helmet and, ideally, safety glasses.
- Use a ladder that's right for the job – that is, the right height to allow a good leaning angle, sturdy and in good repair.
- Position it securely on a level surface so it won’t slip when you climb.
- Use the "three point rule" – when climbing the ladder always have three limbs in contact with the rungs.
- Try to have another person with you on the ground, to secure the ladder and to be available to get help in an emergency.
- Consider using a safety harness that you can anchor to something secure, like a chimney stack, as you move around.
- Keep your eyes on the area you're inspecting and the direction you're heading, testing carefully in front of you before placing your weight down.
- If you're undertaking a major job, fasten either a ladder or temporary battens to the roof to give you firmer footing. Wear a tool belt and take all the items you'll likely need.
Special Safety Alert- Watch Out For Roofing Scam Artists
Precisely because they're awkward to access and difficult to inspect from a distance, roofs are often the subject of scams. The usual approach is for the crook to call at your front door, saying he noticed a problem on your roof (especially after a storm) or your chimney stack. He may claim it's in dangerous condition before offering to carry out an urgent repair because – guess what – he claims he just happens to be a contractor. He may or may not be, but you should certainly never agree to do business without having your roof checked out by a respectable local contractor. More likely than not, there'll be nothing wrong with your roof. If there is, get at least two bids before having it fixed. Even if you decide it's time to get the general condition of your roof checked out and maybe to consider a replacement, again always get multiple bids and ensure you understand your choices and costs.
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