How to properly walk on a roof

Roofer walking on roof

Walking on a roof for inspection, maintenance, repair, or decorating is not an everyday task. If not done correctly, you or your roof could get hurt. At Land Enterprises Roofing, we prioritize safety, and we believe in empowering our clients with knowledge. If you need to walk on your roof, here are some critical tips to ensure you do it safely and effectively.

Safety first

Walking on a roof isn’t wildly unsafe, but you can take precautions to keep yourself safe and mitigate what risks exist. Roofs can be slippery, steep, and challenging even the most agile folks.

Always pick a day with clear weather, as rain, snow, or strong winds can increase the danger of slipping or falling. Take the time to observe the area you will be working on before getting on the roof. If you’re hiring someone to get on your roof and complete work, be sure to do your due diligence and ensure they know their roof safety and are properly insured as well. 

Gear and movement

Proper footwear is a must. Shoes with a soft rubber sole offer the best traction, reducing the risk of slips. Safety equipment like harnesses and ropes can provide extra security, especially on steeper roofs. Avoid walking on the edges or near skylights and vents, as these areas are more prone to breaking or causing falls.

When moving on the roof, take slow, deliberate steps. Keep your center of gravity low and Ensure each foot is firmly placed before moving to the next. Also, be mindful of potential hazards like vents, skylights, or loose shingles, and keep the roof clean of any debris.

The anatomy of the roof 

Understanding the layout and features of your roof can help you navigate it safely. Identify any weak spots, such as areas with missing shingles or visible damage. Be aware of where your roof vents, pipes, and other protrusions are, as these can be tripping hazards. 

If your roof is particularly steep or high, consider using specialized equipment. Roofing harnesses, ropes, and anchor points can provide additional safety. Scaffolding or a cherry picker can be a safer alternative for high or steep roofs.

Preventative measures 

Regular maintenance can reduce your need to walk on your roof frequently. Keeping gutters clean, trimming overhanging branches, and conducting regular inspections can prevent major roof issues. We offer a roofing maintenance plan to help homeowners stay on top of their home maintenance, which you can learn more about here.

While understanding how to walk on a roof is valuable, recognizing when to call in professionals is equally important. Professional roofers are your best bet for complex repairs, installations, or when you doubt your ability to perform a task safely. They possess the necessary skills, experience, and equipment to handle roofing tasks safely and efficiently.

If you need help with tasks on your roof and the systems on and within it, we are here to help. Your home matters to us!


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