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Roof Concern: How do I get on my steep roof safely?

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Roof Concern:  I need to get on my roof to perform maintenance and my roof is steep. How can I walk on it and be safe?

First, if your roof is over a 7/12 pitch, your best bet is to hire a roofing company to perform the maintenance. Not only will a roofing company have experience in doing the roof maintenance, they will also have all the tools to perform the task efficiently, and most importantly safely!

Solution:

Install a permanent roof anchor– These roof anchors allow you to use a harness when you are on your roof. Since it is permanent, you can easily get set up to do maintenance every 6 months without having to ensure that your anchor is secure every single time.

Purchase a harness– These can be found here in a “complete roofing kit” (that comes with a temporary roof anchor) or alone on the web here.

Consider purchasing other safety items– Items such as ladder brackets, a ladder stabilizer or a whole system with your harness like this one.

Even so, if you are unsure about getting up on your roof to do maintenance, hire a company to come out and do it for you.  It is worth the money to maintain and maximize the lifespan of your roof.  It is also worth the money to minimize the risk of getting up on a roof if you are unsure of your ability to do so.  Safety first!

 

 

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