You might expect that our opinion of DIY roofing would be not to do it! You’d be right! After all, there’s a world of difference between putting a shelf up in the kitchen and replacing the shingles on your roof!
Reasons not to do it
We really haven’t got enough space to list all the reasons for not having a go at DIY roofing here. Whereas with most DIY projects you can learn form your mistakes, errors on your roof can be very costly and also dangerous. There’s a good deal of risk in scaling a roof and if you don’t know exactly what you’re doing the potential for an accident is endless. You could also end up costing yourself a lot more money that you save if you don’t complete a job exactly right too.
If you insist…
All that said, if you’re determined to have a go at a bit of DIY roofing, who are we to stop you? So, here are a few safety tips that might come in handy –
- Don’t work alone – Try and team up with someone to help you along. Look out for each other and keep checking for potential hazards
- Dress appropriately – Apart from dressing correctly for the season your footwear is vitally important. Wear shoes that offer proper stability with good support and rubberised soles.
- Have a plan – Have a good idea of what you need to do to achieve the right result. Plan out the work and know what order you should do things.
- Know the environment – Check out the immediate area around the work zone and clear it of potential hazards. If you can’t remove them at least be aware that they’re there and take respective precautions.
- Check the forecast – Be sure to pick the right day to carry out work. Working on a dry roof will not only assist in completing the project sooner but a dry roof is a safe roof. Roofing injuries increase tenfold when a damp environment is involved.
- Prepare the work area – Make sure the area you’re going to work on is clear and free of debris. Sweep the surface and ensure that you are not risking causing bigger problems later on.
- Familiarisation – Make sure you are familiar with the materials and tool you’ll be using. Halfway up the ladder is not the time to be figuring out how something works.
- Ladders – Make sure you have the correct ladder for the job and know how to use it safely. Know the weight limits of your ladder and be sure to erect it safely and sturdily.
- Safety equipment – Be aware of the safety equipment that is available to help you complete the job without incident. There may be an additional cost to buying extra safety equipment but it could be well worth the investment.
- Know your limitations – Working on a roof is a tiring and physically demanding job. If you have any doubts on whether you’re up to the job, defer it to a professional.
Hopefully these tips will come in handy if you decide DIY roofing is for you. However, if you want the job done right the first time and you want a great price for the work give us a call at All Seasons Industrial Roofing. We’ve been in the business a long time and have done all manner of roofing work across the capital and beyond. We’d be happy to help!