Safety Tips for Spring Roof Maintenance Spring is in the air. You can feel it in your bones. It excites you to spend more time outdoors. When you’re inside, all you can do is clear away the blinds and thrust open every window you can. It’s time to start airing out the stuffiness of a winter spent inside. It’s time to start coming out of hibernation.
Checking your roof It’s time to get outdoors to inspect your roof for damage from the sad power of winter temperatures and storms. Your house likely needs a look over after 3 or 4 months of hiding under snow, ice, and freezing temperatures. Roofs could have developed leaks. Snow Brackets might have been displaced (removing some of the protection they provide from falling snow). It’s time for you to get up there and make sure it is okay. In preparing for your roof inspection, call over an assistant to help you out.
Ladders Grab a ladder that reaches just above the lip of your roof, allowing you safe passage. You don’t want to be overextending yourself to pull onto the roof. Nor do you want it so tall that you have to turn a 180 on your ladder. Adjust it to the perfect height of the roof so the roof edge can act as a step. If you must base it in grass or dirt, dig holes for the feet to help hold the legs securely. Attach stabilizers to the top of the ladder that will help it stay in place with the roof. Getting to the roof is half the battle. When should you go up there though? When the roof is wet, don’t go up there. The slope is enough to worry about. Make that slope slippery and you make the job ten times harder. Wait for a dry, sunny day to head up for your inspection.
Once you’re up there, tie a safety harness onto something solid and strap yourself in. That harness could mean the difference between a broken back and a scrapped knee. Next, begin clearing the roof of objects and debris. Clear off anything that you could slip on, leaving the shingles the only possible footing for you. This will remove blocks that would otherwise hide an important problem that requires your immediate attention. You want to get a fair appraisal of the true condition of your roof. Clean it up to make that appraisal easier to obtain. Watch out for loose snow brackets and shingles that could make you slip.
Water Finally, take water up with you and wear sunscreen. The last thing you want to do is faint from dehydration while working two or three stories up. Even if you’re usually fine without it, bring up a bottle of water and sip from it often. You will find it incredibly relieving when you didn’t think you needed water. Wear sunscreen to protect your skin in the process. Your safety is the number one priority, even though your roof is a significant investment to protect. Protect yourself during spring maintenance and you’ll be able to protect your roof for many years to come. Follow proper safety guides to ensure you can. Photo credit: HotlantaVoyeur, Jurek D.