3 Tips To Stay Safe And Prevent Damaging Shingles When Doing Roof Maintenance

Sometimes, it is necessary to get on your roof for different maintenance tasks, such as cleaning the gutters, installing a new vent or doing repairs. When you have to get on your roof, asphalt shingles can be damaged by too much foot traffic and other causes. It can also be dangerous to get on your roof to do maintenance. Here are some tips that will help you stay safe and prevent damage to your shingles while doing roof maintenance:

1. Using The Appropriate Shoes To Avoid Slipping On Shingles

The type of shoes you wear when doing roof maintenance is important. It may be tempting to wear safety boots, but soft sole shoes may be better. Soft sole shoes will make it easier to bend your feet to the contour of the roof and grip shingles. This can help you avoid slipping while doing maintenance. It also helps to reduce wearing granules off the roof with hard sole boots that scrapes the surface of shingles and can cause damage.

2. Foam Cushions To Protect Knees And Help Grip Roof Without Sliding

Many shingles also contain a fiberglass material in them. This can cause allergic reactions, such as itching and feeling uncomfortable. If you have an old foam cushion around, this can be a good solution to this problem. Use the cushion as a pad while you are doing maintenance on the roof. In addition, the foam cushion helps to prevent sliding on shingles, as well as unnecessary wear from doing maintenance.

3. Using Scaffolding Systems To Minimize Traffic On Shingles 

Scaffolding is a safety precaution that you may want to consider for your roof, especially if you have a steeper roof. There are simple scaffold jacks that can be nailed beneath the shingles to help make maintenance easier. This is a good idea because it helps to keep you safe and can reduce wear that is caused by walking too much on shingles. Scaffold jacks can also be used in addition to other fall protection gear such as harnesses.

These are some tips that can help prevent damage to shingles and keep you safe while doing maintenance. If your shingles have been damaged or there is maintenance that is too big of a job for you to handle, contact a professional roofing contractor to help you with the repairs and maintenance that needs to be done.

For a roofing contractor, contact a business such as Emerald Roofing.