Perhaps The Most Dangerous Job In Construction
Some characterize roofing as the most dangerous job, and they’re not far off the mark. Even those who know what they are doing regularly put their lives on the line. Consider the following:
• By Definition, “Roofing” Requires Being Above A Structure
• Hot, Cold, Or Wet Weather Make Roofing Harder
• Installing Or Removing Roofing Materials Inhibits Balance
By Definition, “Roofing” Requires Being Above A Structure
Unless the home is underground and utilizes geothermal energy, a roof tends to be between eight feet and several hundred feet above the ground. Ironically, skyscraper roofing tends to be a bit less dangerous because such buildings don’t tend to have “top” surfaces built on a grade–though some certainly do.
For homes and businesses, especially in climates where there can be snowfall, roofs are built at an angle, and that angle can be pretty steep. One false move and a roofer can find himself tumbling down shingles toward, at best, a painful set of bruises. At worst, such a roofer could fall to his death.
Hot, Cold, Or Wet Weather Make Roofing Harder
If it’s too hot, heatstroke is an issue, not only due to how the body reacts to lost water but also how the roofing material reflects sunlight and exacerbates such dehydration. This makes the brain foggy collaterally.
As a result, roofers who have been on the roof a few hours may have to fight fatigue as thick as inebriation. Water helps, so do fans; both are hard to move up to the roof and install. Getting a refill requires stopping the job and risking the climb down.
When it’s cold, winds and ice come into play and can prove very dangerous. Not to be outdone, even mild, rainy weather makes roofs slippery. The best time to do the job is in spring or autumn before or after any chills or heat waves. Even then, it’s still dangerous.
Installing Or Removing Roofing Materials Inhibits Balance
If you’ve got to pull out tiles, you’re likely pulling against the roof. Savvy roofers position themselves, so if the shingle suddenly gives way and throws them off balance, they won’t tumble off the structure. When installing, it’s also easy to lose one’s balance. Many shingles must be installed, repaired, or removed with a given job.
Professional Roofers Are The Smartest Choice
The location of the work itself, the angle of roofing, weather, and the realities of installation make roofing work exceptionally dangerous. These risks represent only the tip of the iceberg. Plenty of others exist. Accordingly, for work on a property that involves roof repair, refurbishment, or replacement, be smart and hire the pros.