Of all the home repairs that you can do yourself, roofing ranks as one of the most dangerous. Understanding the proper safety precautions and taking the time to properly follow them will ensure your safety while you’re up on the roof. If you are having second thoughts about doing it yourself, don’t hesitate to call a local roofing contractor to help you out.
1. Get all necessary equipment before you start.
2. Consider bringing up a furniture pad or other cushion material to protect your knees during your time working up on the roof.
3. Safety glasses and gloves are essential. Flying debris and sharp material can hurt you, so make sure you take the time to put them on.
4. Wear a safety harness and secure a rope to it. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
5. Wear non-slip shoes.
6. Consider using a toolbelt or load up your tools into a bucket.
7. Never work on a wet roof. This is especially important when considering working on a wood-shingled roof, which can be especially slippery.
8. Position your ladder properly. If you will be using an extension ladder, the bottom of the ladder should be one-fourth the distance from the ground to the edge of the roof. The top of the ladder should be several feet above the edge of the roof. If you will be using a roof ladder, it should be hooked over the edge of the roof and you should use a rope to secure the top of the ladder to a solid anchor point such as a tree or deck railing on the opposite side of the house.
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