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Are Roofs Safe to Walk on?

Sep 1

Although not a daily occurrence, you may have the need to get up on your roof sometimes. Some things are simpler to do from the roof, whether to clean off debris, fix a broken shingle, or to unclog the gutters.

But is it safe to walk on your roof? Consider the following before you get up on top of your home:


Should You be Walking on Your Roof?


"Almost always, the short answer to that question is "no". There are several reasons why climbing on your roof is never a good idea. We recommend that you call a local Sarasota roofing professional to help if you have any problems that require attention.

Structure: Newer roofs in South Florida are likely strong enough to handle the full weight of an adult, but the roof structure was not built for that purpose. Older homes may also experience some deterioration underneath that is not readily visible, and if you walk on a weak spot on the roof, you could break through. While falling through the roof is a rare occurrence, the integrity of the roof could be caused by structural damage.

Damage to Roofing Materials: You are far less likely to cause damage by walking on your roof if you have an asphalt shingle roof. Shingles are flexible, and can usually handle people walking on them without sustaining too much damage – although you do have to watch out for causing granular loss which could cause a reduction in their lifespan. Clay tile roofs are very easy to break, on the other hand. Walking on a tile roof will frequently cause tiles to crack, and leaks are likely to occur once this happens. Tile roofs are also harder to repair and replace and more expensive, so you want to be very cautious about damaging them.

Safety Issues: If the surface is wet, dirty or covered in debris, you never want to climb up onto a roof. Roofing materials can get very slippery, and it can become a dangerous situation for someone who is unskilled in walking in these areas, depending on the slope of the roof. A 12 or 13 foot drop could involve even a fall from a one-story home, and a two-story home can be as much as 25 feet. The type of serious or permanent bodily damage that may occur if you fall is not worth a roof concern.

Consider the Slope: The slope of the roof is also a key criteria on how safe – or dangerous – a roof may be. A flat roof is obviously almost entirely safe to walk on, while there should be no attempt at a steeply pitched roof.

In general, without stepping on the roof, you can achieve much of what you need to do. From the top of a ladder, you can visually inspect the roof and clean out the gutters in the same way. If you think you need a thorough roof inspection (for example, after a storm), call a roofing professional who not only protects your roofing materials, but also has a trained eye for any minor damage that may later become a problem.

If you do have a problem with roofing materials that are missing or damaged, call SmartLiving today. Delaying these kinds of repairs can cause your home to become infiltrated by the summer rains and cause unnecessary damage. Strong sunlight and heavy rains are a given, there does not need to be damage to your roof. Call us today to discuss any inspections, repairs or maintenance necessary on your Roofing Repair Cleveland.