Doing roof repairs and maintenance on your own home is always satisfying. Many tasks are no more complicated than you can manage with your own hands and a few simple tools and still get near-professional results. Garage roof repairs are definately among those jobs. One important difference between amateurs and professionals though, is experience. This shows in the resulting work of course, but also with regards to safety during work.
Professional roofers need to know what to do and what not to do, because roofing is their livelihood and getting injured could mean losing a lot of money. Amateurs can learn a lot from the pros when it comes to safety, so have a look at the short list below to learn some good, safe work habits.This is the basic problem when doing garage roof repair, you could fall down and hurt yourself. There is no such thing as a safe roof to work on, so take as many precautions as you can not to fall down, even if you are doing flat roof repair.
Scaffolding should be erected adjacent to the side of the roof you are working on. It should be high enough, that if you accidentally slip and start falling down the side of the roof, the scaffolding should stop your fall right at the edge of the roof. A safety rail should be fitted to the scaffolding or you could just roll over the edge. One can also turn to a plumbing bathroom planner for advice.
If you are working more than a few storeys above ground (not too likely if you are working on your own home) you might consider a safety line, with which you anchor yourself to a secure part of the roof or the building. The line should be specially made for this purpose, so buy it where you would buy other safety equipment.Wearing a safety helmet is always a good idea, as you never know when someones grip slips, and a rafter or a hammer comes falling down.
Also, handling long members of construction wood can get tricky on a rooftop, and it has happened that people have been rammed in the head with a 2 by 4 – by accident. If that happened, and you were not wearing a helmet, you could pass out, fall to the ground and seriously hurt yourself. A helmet also protects you from bumping your head on trusses or the like.Don’t forget to be careful with the use of tools, especially pneumatic nail guns often used for nailing rafters to trusses.