One thing we as a company like to stress to customers is safety. We want all of our customers to be safe and let us do the dirty work. After all, it’s what we’re here for! With that in mind, we think it’s important to explain the risks of footfall traffic on your roof.
What is footfall roof damage?
Your roof can become damaged from weather, old age, and other factors, but what many people don’t know is that the amount of foot traffic can also cause damage to your roof. Not only that, but it is unsafe for people who are not professionals in the roofing industry. The term “footfall” means that damage has occurred to the shingles because someone walked on them improperly. With asphalt roofs, in particular, you can actually see the footfall traffic on an asphalt shingle.
We understand that it may seem odd that taking a few steps on your roof can cause damage, but it does, especially if it happens too often. One of the best ways to extend your roof’s life is to reduce the amount of foot traffic.
According to the National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries report, in 2019, roofers accounted for 111 out of 5,333 injuries, and the roofing fatality rate is 15% higher than the average of other occupations. This is one too many!
It’s very easy to become injured from falling off a roof, and in some cases—fatal. We don’t recommend getting on your roof unless you’re an experienced professional. Here is a list of a few safety hazards to keep in mind:
- Unstable roof
- Weather damage
- Roof holes
- Edge awareness
- Improper training
- Poor line of sight
Your safety and the integrity of your roof matter. We at Land Roofing Enterprises have years of experience and proper training, and we don’t want you to risk damaging your roof or yourself. If you need a roof inspection, give us a call. We’d love to check for any potential damage to ensure that your roof stays as good as new.