How Safe Are You and Your Roof?09 November 2016

Making sure your roof is safe and secure should be one of your top priorities


That feeling of being safe and secure is one of the most powerful in the world, so when that feeling is threatened it can be devastating. Your home is the one place when you should feel at your most protected, cocooned from the world and all it can throw at you.

However, if your roof is compromised, that security could be threatened. Your roof is crucial for sheltering you from the elements, helping to keep you warm and dry.

Making sure your roof is safe and secure should be one of your top priorities when it comes to home maintenance, but just how do you go about doing that?

Inspect Your Roof

Check your roof from the ground at regular intervals. Look for obvious cracks, missing slates and other openings that will allow rain, snow and wind to drive into your home.

Once a year, you, or a roofing expert, may need to get up close and personal to perform a more thorough check. Some areas of weakness may not be visible from the ground, so going onto the roof itself may be the only way to spot certain issues.

Deal With Any Roof Problems

Observing an issue is one thing – dealing with it quickly will prevent the problem getting worse. Don’t put it off, as cracks will only get bigger, slates will only get looser and gaps will only get wider.

Clear Leaves, Snow and Ice From Your Roof

Removing debris, ice and snow can help to take a burden off your roof, and potentially stop problems arising in the first place.

As part of the cleaning procedure, check the gutters and downpipes as well. Making sure excess water can easily run off your roof goes a long way towards its maintenance and continued safety.

Keep Your Roof Safe

Maintaining your roof is essential for the longevity of your roof, but it should never be accomplished at the sake of your own safety. Working on a roof is dangerous, so you must take some precautions before undergoing any work:

  • Always make sure there is someone else available to help you, should you get into trouble
  • Only use ladders and equipment designed specifically for the job
  • Do as much work as you can from the ground, use telescopic equipment
  • Wear the right shoes with a good tread
  • Keep the area clutter-free Use a safety harness
  • Choose your time carefully – don’t be tempted to hit the roof on a wet or icy day

The most effective method of keeping safe on a roof is to employ a professional to do it for you. Not only has a qualified roofer undergone all the health and safety training courses, but he has all the right equipment and knowledge to keep you and your roof safe.

He will also have all the appropriate licences and insurances, so you need not worry about accidents or things not going to plan. When you employ a professional roofer, it’s not just your home that is covered - get the safety peace of mind you need.


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