Precautions Needed for a Multi-Family Roof Repair
By nature, repairing a roof can be a risky task, which is why it usually makes sense to hire a reliable, fully licensed and insured company like J National to do the work. Admittedly, there are some roof-related repairs, such as replacing a blown-off shingle or two, that can be safe do-it-yourself jobs if you’re careful. If you are going to tackle multi-family roof repair in Dallas, TX, involving minor fixes yourself, keep the following precautions in mind when doing so.
Avoid Hazardous Weather Conditions
Ideally, roof work should be done on sunny days when a roof is dry. Rain-soaked roofs can have hidden slick spots. Ladders may also become unstable on ground that’s soaked from a heavy rain.
Be Aware of Surroundings
Before making any repairs, do a visual survey of the area where work will be done. Identify any possible safety hazards and block off the work area. Make sure you know where power lines and other potential dangers are located in relation to your roof. Never use a metal ladder near power lines.
Use Ladders Safely
Ladders needed for any type of residential or multi-family roofing work should be placed on stable, flat ground. Weight should be kept near the center of the rungs to improve stability while facing the ladder as you climb. Additional safety precautions to consider:
- Maintain three points of contact (e.g., 2 feet, 1 hand, 2 hands, 1 foot)
- Do not use the top rung as a step
- Have someone steady the ladder
Look for Signs of Roof Instability
Preferably, you should avoid walking on a roof unless you are using safety equipment. If you do have to get on top of parts of a roof, watch out for signs of instability such as sagging or areas with faded or worn spots. Contact a professional roofer if you spot signs of what may be significant structural damage or instability.
Safely Handle Materials
You may be surprised at how much material is needed for a roof repair, even something as basic as shingle replacement limited to one area of your roof. If you have to lift stuff, bend with your hips and knees and avoid leaning forward so you don’t strain your back. Also consider:
- Keeping all materials near the roof (on the ground)
- Only carrying one bundle at a time
- Having a designated area to place debris (old shingles, roofing materials) so you don’t trip over clutter
Carefully Use Nail Guns
Pneumatic nail guns should be carefully used to avoid unintentional accidents. Never point it at another person and don’t tamper with the safety mechanism. It should only be triggered when pressed firmly against the material that needs to be fastened. Never press the nail gun against your body to avoid misfires. Disconnect the air supply when done.
If multi-family roof repair in Dallas, TX, involves a growing to-do list of fixes that need to be completed ASAP or the project is more involved than you thought it would be, turn to J National for the attention to detail required to safely and quickly complete most roof repairs. We have nearly 20 years of experience with residential, commercial, and multi-family roofing. Give us a call today if you need help managing your roof repair needs.