Climbing onto your own roof

 

Climbing onto your own roof

by tonytran2015 (Melbourne, Australia).

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Climbing onto your own roof.

During a recession, the cost of periodic roof inspections may be high for you. If your house is a single-storey one and its roof is neither steep nor slippery then you may be able to climb onto it to carry out the inspections yourself. This will save you money and will also save you from scams on unnecessary repairs carried out by dishonest tradesmen.

This blog shows the essential safety points in getting onto your own roof.

1. Suitable footwear.

You need shoes with non-slip soft rubber soles.
2. Secure setup of the ladder.

Your climbing ladder must be securely set up.

The ladder should be inclined at the slope of 4 up 1 across. Its top must rest against a firm surface, its base must be on firm ground to stop it from tipping over.

The ladder may additionally need ropes tying it down at 45° to ground pegs on both sides to stop its top from sliding sideways and tipping over.

The top rung of the ladder should be nearly level to the roof surface you intend to climb onto. The two rails of the ladder should be higher than the roof top so that you can hold onto them to get onto or down from the roof top.

3. Safety line from a high point of the roof.
To avoid accidental falling to the ground you need a safety line tied from a high point of the roof to your body.

The other end of the safety line must be tied to a higher point of the roof.

A taut rope thrown across the horizontal ridge line and tied to a heavy sand bag on the ground on the other side of the roof may serve as a safety rope.

To lay such a safety rope, you may need to first throw a ball of feed line across the ridge then use the so laid feed line to pull up the safety rope.

4. Safe climbing onto your roof.
With the above 3 conditions satisfied, you may safely climb onto the non-steep, non-slippery roof of your single storey house.

Make sure that the safety rope has little slack, is strong enough to hold twice your weight and your roof is non-steep, non-slippery, then you can climb onto it.

If necessary, move on your roof with all your two hands and two feet. This will spread your weight evenly and effectively prevent slips.

When you have got onto the roof, stick to the load bearing lines of your roof. The load bearing lines are along the nail lines of metal sheet roofs or along the horizontal toes lines of European terracotta tile roofs.

CAUTION:

Some roofs (such as brittle tile roofs, thin plastic roofs, glass roofs) have NO LOAD BEARING LINES AT ALL and you must have specialist equipment to safely access them.

A valuable comment by  (https://brittius.wordpress.com/)):

Makes good points. In my younger years, I walked rooftops of structural fire buildings, and there’s more to it. The mattress feeling under your feet. Foreign matter on the roof that can cause slipping. Sub-roof structurally compromised, and collapse under your bodyweight, and I have seen firefighters fall through more than once. There’s a lot to it.

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3 thoughts on “Climbing onto your own roof

  1. Reblogged this on Brittius and commented:
    Makes good points. In my younger years, I walked rooftops of structural fire buildings, and there’s more to it. The mattress feeling under your feet. Foreign matter on the roof that can cause slipping. Sub-roof structurally compromised, and collapse under your bodyweight, and I have seen firefighters fall through more than once. There’s a lot to it.

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