Roof Safety

Many homeowners may be interested in inspecting or doing their own work on the roof of your home in order to save a little bit of money. However, roof work is incredibly dangerous for those who do not have proper training or the proper equipment. A trained and licensed Monmouth County roofing contractor can teach homeowners how to safely move around on top of the roof when performing a simple inspection or removing debris. There are several major safety precautions that should always be taken.

The first precaution to take is to use a ladder that has a stabilizer and has been placed on a solid, flat surface. If the person is using a ladder that leans up against the home, the ladder should extend at least 3 feet beyond the roof’s edge. Homeowners should avoid walking around or working on the roof when it’s wet as shingles become slick and slippery, creating a slip and fall risk. If a homeowner must go up on the roof for any reason, it is recommended that they were shoes that have nonskid soles or good traction.

It is also highly recommended that homeowners use a safety harness that has been attached to a secure and sturdy portion of the roof. This can prevent a fall should the person slip.

This is a safety precaution that is often overlooked by homeowners as they can be pricey. However, homeowners who plan to do their own roof inspection or routine maintenance may wish to invest in a harness to save them money later down the road.

There are also a number of rules that should be followed once the person is on the roof. No one should ever run while on the roof, as they could trip and either fall off or punch a hole through the roofing material. Overreaching when on top of the roof can also cause someone to lose their balance and slip. Additionally, any tools being used should not be left in the walkways or scattered about the area. By keeping the tools within easy reach, the homeowner will never have to hunt for them and risk slipping and falling.

Finally, roof work should never be done when someone is home alone. Another person should be on-site at all times in the event that the person working on the roof falls or suffers some other injury. This way, the extra person can ensure that help arrives in a quick and timely manner and can provide first aid if needed. Have a question regarding new roofs or new gutters? Ask a roofer from Fortified Roofing of Monmouth County NJ.

Term explained by Monmouth County NJ roofing contractor Fortified Roofing:


Roof shingles are a type of roof material that covers the roof’s structural components and protects the home against the elements. Shingles can be made from a wide variety of materials, including asphalt, flagstone and wood.

Monmouth County roofing FAQ:

Can safety harnesses and other safety gear be rented?

In short, safety harnesses and other safety gear can be rented. However, it should be noted that many places rent safety gear that is meant for major construction jobs, meaning that renting can also be pricey. Many safety harnesses can cost less than $100, making them a worthwhile purchase if the person plans to provide routine maintenance for their roof.

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