Sometimes a loose shingle or disconnected gutter doesn’t require a call to a Dallas roofing contractor.
While we would never recommend a DIY approach to a major roofing project like a roof replacement, we do understand that there are times when a homeowner needs to scale their roof for light cleaning or minor repairs.
However, safely getting atop your roof goes beyond just climbing a ladder and getting the job done. Here are some general guidelines for safely climbing your roof when it’s absolutely necessary.
Use the Right Ladder
A standard ladder isn’t going to get you up on the roof safely. If you plan on scaling your roof, invest in an extension ladder that can easily rise above your roof and allow for easier access.
An extension ladder will allow you to position yourself correctly at a 4 in 1 angle. This means that for every 4 feet your ladder is raised, it should be 1 foot away from the base of your home. This ensures that the ladder is safely placed in an optimal climbing position and isn’t too far or too close to your home.
Don’t Carry Things Up Your Ladder
This tip directly ties into another important tip: Never climb on your rooftop alone. So, once you have a friend or family member on the ground watching, have them help hand you tools or materials from the ground.
You’ll need all of your concentration to safely climb, so carrying things up with you is a major risk. Our recommendation is to tie a rope at the top of the ladder and have your partner on the ground attach an empty paint bucket. This will serve as a safer pulley for you to bring up any materials you’ll need for your minor repair or maintenance.
Monitor the Weather Before Scaling Your Roof
If you have to get up on your roof, make sure it’s on a day that is clear, cool, and has little wind. While most people understand that rain can make a roof slick, many don’t realize that heat and even moderate wind can pose safety concerns.
Slick rooftops, heat-softened shingles, and windy conditions are everything you want to avoid during your time at the top. If the need is urgent and the weather isn’t optimal, it may be time to reach out to a professional.
Leave the Bigger Jobs to a Professional Roofing Contractor
If your roof is older or you have to scale steep inclines to get your repairs done, it’s never recommended to attempt this project on your own. Especially during Texas’s storm season, it’s essential to reach out to a roofing contractor when you want to ensure that all repairs and replacements are performed with professionalism.
The upfront expense of a residential roofing service helps preserve your roof and saves you money in the long run, if your DIY job doesn’t hold up over the years.
Keep Your Roof Safer with Concord Roofing & Construction
If your project goes beyond what’s considered safe, it’s time to reach out to a roofing professional for help.
At Concord Roofing & Construction, we take a comprehensive approach to roof repairs and replacements and know exactly how to resolve a problem effectively and affordably. We put the trust of our customers first and won’t ever sell you on any repairs you don’t need.
Don’t practice any unsafe roof repairs this spring. Contact us today to learn more about our services or to schedule a quote.