Roofing Tips: Choosing The Right Safety Gear

Roofing repair can be incredibly dangerous and this is why it is best to hire professionals to complete the work for you.  If you are confident about your repair skills though, then you may try to attempt some simple jobs yourself.  These jobs include cleaning and the replacement of one or several roofing shingles.  If you do want to complete some roofing work, then make sure that you have the right safety gear before you begin.  Follow the tips below to make sure you are safe while working on your roof.

Wear A Harness

If you intend on working on your roof, then you will be elevated high off the ground.  In most cases, you will be at least 20 feet high, and this height is more than high enough to cause a severe injury during a fall.  Brain, spinal cord, and extremity injuries are most common when you fall from a significant height.  Loss of footing can easily cause the injury, and you can prevent this type of fall by purchasing a harness for yourself.  A basic full body harness is your best option to prevent fall injuries, but you can purchase a body belt that attaches around the waist if you want to save money.  Just make sure that the safety gear you buy is rated for your weight.  Also, products with either polyester or nylon straps are best, because they can retain more stress than cotton materials.

Once you purchase a harness, make sure to buy a roof anchor as well.  These devices attach to the base of your roof so your harness or safety belt can be secured to it.  Peak anchors as well as post anchors are also available for your needs.

Install Roof Brackets

If you do not want to use a safety harness or if you want added protection against falls, then consider installing roof brackets along the roof edge.  These brackets are L-shaped constructions that provide you with secure footholds as you move across the roof.  They also can stop you from rolling or falling off the roof.  Purchase 10 to 12 of these brackets.  When preparing to install them, measure in about two feet from the edge of your roof.  Locate one wooden rafter that runs underneath your roof and set one bracket above it.  Most roof rafters or trusses are secured about two feet apart.  Measure either two or four feet from your initially placed bracket and line up the rest of the brackets.

Once your brackets are in place, pull up the shingle at the base of one bracket and slip the long edge underneath.  Drive a four inch long nail through the hole or opening on the bracket base to secure it in place.  Use nails to secure the rest of the brackets as well.

Wear The Right Boots

If you intend on using a pressure washer or a basic cleaning solution to kill mold and mildew on the surface of your roof, then the moisture may cause you to slip.  This is the case as well if wet leaves or sticks are present.  To reduce slip concerns, make sure that you wear the right type of footwear every time you stand on your roof.  Work boots are best for roofing work to keep your ankles supported, and these shoes should feature a solid rubber sole.

Examine the soles of the boots before you buy them.  Slip-resistant products will have a patterned tread across the sole that will allow water and other fluids to channel through them.  This keeps hydroplaning and general slipping problems to a minimum.  Each channel in the sole should be at least two or three millimeters deep, and the openings should also be a couple millimeters apart from one another.  Long linear patterns or openings are also ideal, because they allow water to work its way from one end of the sole to the other.

If you think you want to attempt a roofing job on your own, then you need to make sure that you are safe.  Safety means preventing falls with the gear suggestions listed in this article.  For more information, visit a specialist's website, such as