Repairing and replacing your roof is a job best left to the pros. However, if you’re just inspecting it or maybe fixing a single shingle, a little DIY couldn’t hurt (as long as you know what you’re doing). When heading up to the roof, make sure you keep these safety tips in mind.
Ladder Safety Tips
- Set up your ladder on flat ground. If your driveway has a slope to it, do not attempt to climb up to the roof.
- Make sure the ladder is extended to a minimum of 36 inches above the roof. This will allow you an adequate amount of space to grab ahold of when climbing back onto the ladder from the roof.
- Once the ladder is positioned properly, tie it off at the top so it stays secure while you’re on the roof.
- If there is an electrical wire near your work area, move the ladder to the other side, or call a professional roofer.
Nail Gun Safety Tips
- A powered nail gun is just as dangerous as a loaded weapon and should be treated with respect and extreme care.
- Only use when the end of the nail gun is pressed firmly against your roofing materials. Never shoot a nail with the nail gun away from a flat surface.
- When using the nail gun, do not lean it against yourself to steady it or eliminate misfires. The recoil can blow back and hurt you.
- When using a nail gun, only use dry, compressed air. Once you’re finished using this power tool, disconnect the air supply to prevent any misfires.
Utility Knife Safety Tips
- Never use a dull blade; always make sure your blades are sharpened or make sure to replace them with brand new ones. Dull blades increase the risk of slipping, which can lead to unexpected cuts (you and the material).
- Keep additional blades in a case in your toolbox, just in case a blade becomes too dull during use.
- Always cut away from you — no matter what!
- When finished with the utility knife, make sure the blade is fully retracted to eliminate any accidental cuts.
Attempting your own roof repairs can be a dangerous job, so be sure to know the safety precautions before heading up there. When you need an expert installed to help repair or replace your roof, contact Preferred Exterior. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.