Many homeowners are handy with tools and feel comfortable climbing a ladder. However, there are some jobs that are best left to the professionals. Roof repair and installation are included in those jobs.
To help you understand what makes roofing work so complicated and even potentially dangerous, it’s best to learn how the pros do it. Here are the things professional roofers know:
Roofing work is not something one does alone. Roofers always help each other, so it’s common to find at least two people working together on a roof. Professionals know all about safety and protection, but working at heights and around tools and other hardware still makes hazards real. If you’re alone, there’s no one to assist you if you slip or drop a hammer. With a buddy, you can rely on someone to be there just in case. Roofers also often work with others on the ground ready to assist them if they need anything from the truck or to pass them the materials.
Protective goggles, ear protection, work gloves, non-slip ladders, non-slip boots, tool belts, harnesses, anchorage and lanyards and other equipment are necessary when working on a roof replacement or repairs. Roofers know how to use all of their equipment to stay safe and to make work efficient and manageable.
Professionals keep their work environment safe and reasonably free of debris. You can help with this by giving them a safe place to park their truck and removing clutter from the work area so the roofers are free to move around. At the end of the job, roofers would often sweep the area for stray nails and tools. They would sometimes leave the area cleaner than they found it.
If roof tear-off is part of the job, roofers would often hire a dumpster (included in your contract) to get rid of the old roofing materials.
Roofing work is often extensive and messy, especially if you are inexperienced. It’s best to hire a professional to make sure everything runs according to plan and to prevent any mishaps.