How To Keep Yourself Safe While Removing Shingles From Your Roof

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After listening to a few friends of mine complain about the cost of replacing their roof, I realized that I should make sure that my own roof was in decent shape. I climbed up on a ladder to see if I could see the shingles, and things weren't looking very pretty. Some patches of shingles were missing entirely, while others looked badly damaged. Fortunately, I caught the damage early enough that experts could patch up the issues. However, since roofing damage isn't always obvious, I decided to put up this website so that others can spot trouble of their own.

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How To Keep Yourself Safe While Removing Shingles From Your Roof

11 December 2015
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If you are preparing to remove the shingles from your roof on your own without the help of a contractor, you need to make sure that you keep yourself safe while you are working away on top of your roof. Here are a few tips to help you keep yourself safe while removing shingles.

Start By Dressing For The Job

The first thing you need to do is dress appropriately for the job that you will be doing. You should wear pants and a long sleeved shirt; that way you will not get cut by any material as you work. You also need thick and sturdy work gloves to help you effectively grasp the shingles and your work tools without becoming injured. Finally, you need to wear some safety glasses; the last thing you want to happen when you are standing on top of a roof is to get something in your eye.

Don't Forget About Your Footwear

You shouldn't wear open-toed or open-backed shoes when working on your roof. You want to wear closed toe shoes so that your feet are protected from falling objects and injuries.

If you can, wear shoes that have soft rubber soles. These types of shoes will help you get the best traction possible while you are on top of your roof.

Use Roof Jacks

Next, you are going to need to use a few roof jacks. A roof jack is a device that you secure to the rafters on your roof and attach a long plywood board to in order to provide you with some resistance and a place to stand when working on a sloped roof. 

You can purchase roof jacks from a roofing supply company or rent them from a home improvement store. In addition to the roof jacks, you need to make sure you have plenty of long, strong nails to hold them in place with and at least one long plywood board per jack. 

You will attach the roof jacks to your roof using large, long nails where your rafters are located. Make sure the nails go through the roof sheathing and into a rafter; this will help secure the jacks in place. You should leave a couple feet of open space between each jack. Once the jack is in place, place the board on the jack in order to get the extra supporting and footing you need.

Use A Safety Harness

Even if you follow all the steps above, you should still take this last step. Falling off a roof can result in serious injury which is why you should purchase a safety harness for you and anyone else who is helping you with the project. That way, there is something to catch you if you fall.

By following the safety steps outlined above, you should be able to avoid getting injured while removing the shingles from your roof. Make sure you have all the right equipment to stay safe before you start removing the shingles from your roof.