Roofing Safety Tips for Shingle Installation

Roofing Safety Tips for Shingle Installation

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There is a good chance that you have enough knowledge to install shingles on your roof. However, you need to take precautions to ensure that you stay safe while you are installing the shingles.

Slips and falls can be treacherous, and household injuries make up a large amount of death and injury cases. To stay safe, it is important to be educated and prepared.

Here are several safety tips for your shingle installation project.

Enlist Help

The first thing you want to do is ask a relative, friend or neighbor to help with your roofing project. A peer who does not have experience in roofing can be a huge help just by holding the ladder.

If the roof is low enough, they may be able to hand you certain tools as you work.

You also need someone who can get help if an accident occurs. An extra pair of hands or an assistant who can watch out for dangers can make all the difference in case of a slip or fall injury.

Wear Protective Gear

While you may be tempted to just wear a t-shirt or jeans, it is important to wear proper gear. You should always wear protective gear when working on the roof, starting with safety boots or shoes with good traction. It is also important to invest in safety goggles and a hard hat.

If anyone is helping with your roofing project, they should also wear protective gear. You never know if they may fall or if you may drop a tool near them. Safety gear often seems over the top but that is the point. It is better to be prepared for all sorts of injuries and not get injured than to be unprepared and get injured.

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Consider the Weather

It is also important to consider the weather before starting any roofing installation project. If you are expecting rain, snow, ice or extreme heat, you may want to install your shingles on another day.

The weather could cause unsafe conditions or heat exhaustion. You also want to postpone your project if your roof or ladder is wet and slippery.

Be Mindful of Your Balance

The last thing you want to do is climb up a ladder or work on the roof if you do not have good balance. Your lack of balance may cause you a fall and injury.

If your lack of balance is temporary, for instance, if you are dizzy or sick, postpone your project for another day. You should not work on the roof at all if your lack of balance is a constant problem. Remember, it is better to be safe than sorry when it comes to heights and roofing projects.

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Hire A Professional

If you do not have the knowledge, tools or balance necessary for your roofing project, it may be better to hire a professional to install your shingles. A professional roofer can safely and efficiently install the shingles on your roof. They also bring their own tools for the installation. The best part is you do not have to worry or stress over your roofing project.

It is important to follow every safety step when installing shingles on your roof, and do not be afraid to hire a professional roofer if you are not up for the job.

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