DIY Roof Inspection Safety Tips
Regularly inspecting your roof is a good way to detect early signs of damage so that you can take care of the damages before they can flare up into serious problems. It is also advisable to inspect the roof after a storm to spot storm damages. However, roof inspection is pretty dangerous, and you should take these measures for your safety:
Do Most of the Things from the Ground
Ideally, you should not climb up to the roof to inspect it; leave that up to the professional roofers. You should carry out your inspection from the ground to reduce the risk of injury and damage to the roof. You can easily do this by walking around the house and surveying the roof with binoculars. For example, if you climb on the roof, you may accidentally step on damaged parts, slip, and fall. Even climbing up on a ladder is risky if you don't know how to place and use it safely. There is also a risk of damaging delicate parts of the roof during the inspection.
If You Must Go On the Roof, Do It When It Is Dry
If you have to climb on the roof, you should do everything possible to make it a safe excursion. The main safety tip here is to not go on the roof when it is wet, for example, after a rainfall or snowfall. Such conditions make the roof slippery, which means you can easily slip and fall. Here are other safety tips other than going on the roof when the weather is dry:
- Get a good ladder, position it well, and stay on it while inspecting the roof
- Only go on the roof it isn't too steep
- Confirm that the roof sheathing is intact (you can do this from the attic)
Be Wary Of Electricity Lines
It is not just the risk of slipping and falling that you have to worry about; there is also the danger of interfering with electrical lines on the roof. For example, a metallic ladder can touch the electrical wires and cause a serious or even fatal electrical shock. Therefore, stay off roof installations (particularly the electrical ones) during the inspection.
Know What to Look Out For
You can only perform an inspection if you know what to look out for. Apart from an obvious case of missing shingles, here are other things to watch out for:
- Protruding nails
- Rust spots on the flashing
- Misshapen shingles
- Mold and mildew on the roof
If your inspection does reveal damage, consult a professional roof repair company as soon as possible. That is the whole point of conducting an inspection – it gives you the chance to mitigate the damage in its infancy.