Friday, July 5, 2013

Staying Safe When Doing Commercial Roof Maintenance

When there is a leak in your roof or another roof problem that requires repair, there are many things that you will need to be aware of when you are having commercial roof maintenance and repair work done. Whether you are working on the roof yourself or have hired a roofing contractor to do the work, staying safe while on the job or making sure the professionals are doing the job safely is important. Here are some things to look for.

Work with a Buddy

Make sure that you are not working on the roof alone and that either any contractor you hire has a team or there are at least two people working on the roof at once. The reason for this is that if something should happen and you or the contractor falls off the roof or has another accident, there is someone else there to help. Many people feel that they can take on this work on their own, ignoring the fact that accidents can happen to people of all skill levels at any time and working on a roof on their own is a very serious safety issue.

Be Aware of the Weather

Make sure that you are aware of the weather. Whether you are working on the roof by yourself or have hired a contractor to do the work for you, make sure that you are not working on the roof in snowy or wet conditions. A wet roof can be very slippery, and if there is snow, there may be ice on your roof that you will need to watch out for. If you have to have the work done, make sure that you hire a contractor who is experienced and has all the safety equipment such as winter safety gear to do the work properly.

Have the Appropriate Safety Gear

Whenever there is commercial roof maintenance that needs to be done on your roof, you will need to make sure that the contractor has all the required safety gear. In addition to the extra equipment for wet or snowy conditions, a roofing contractor should have a harness, the right ladder, and should make sure that the site is clean and free of debris.

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