Asphalt Roofing Shingles

Installing Asphalt Roofing Shingles -- Some Important Safety Considerations

Asphalt Roofing Shingles

While it certainly is possible for a nonprofessional to install asphalt roofing shingles on their own home, this job also presents some significant safety risks as well. That is why we would generally recommend that you leave this type of project to trained professionals. Many homeowners, however, want to try their hand in doing this -- not least of which because of the huge cost savings as compared to hiring professional roofers to do the job. But to prevent serious injury to your self or others when installing asphalt roofing shingles, please consider the following safety recommendations.

It would be helpful to pause and reflect just a moment -- think about the job of the installing asphalt roofing shingles. Where do you think you would be taking the greatest safety risks? Unless you use extension ladders every day in your life (and most average homeowners don't), one place where accidents are most likely to happen is when you are climbing on the ladders. When you are busy installing your asphalt roofing shingles, it is a very easy thing to lose your balance and take a tumble off the ladder -- ask any professional roofer!

This is why practicing ladder safety is of paramount importance. Make sure your ladder is properly anchored in the ground, on a firm level surface. Don't take risks when installing your asphalt roofing shingles -- don't lean out from your ladder and don't climb up and down with tools or supplies in your hands! If you have ever watched professional roofers at work when they are installing asphalt roofing shingles, you will notice that they will use various types of buckets and ropes to move their supplies and tools onto the roof.

When installing your asphalt roofing shingles, you need to be careful when you're on the roof -- especially near the edges, because if you take a tumble off the edge, there won't be anything to stop you from falling to the ground. Also, unless you are installing your asphalt roofing shingles in the dead of winter, temperatures on the surface of a house roof can easily climb near triple digits -- so make sure to take precautions to shield yourself from the heat, and take plenty of rest breaks while you are installing your asphalt roofing shingles to get out of the heat, and to drink fluids to prevent dehydration.

Another major danger that you must guard against is the danger of dropping tools, buckets, or other supplies off of the roof while you are working. Even an object of even 1-2 pounds can seriously injure someone if it falls from a great enough distance. If you drop something from the roof while you are laying your asphalt roofing shingles, yell down to the folks below so that they can get out of the way!

Folks in your house should also take safety precautions: When you are busy installing your asphalt roofing shingles, and they happen to go in or out of a door underneath where you are working, they should speak up to alert you to the fact that they are passing underneath. In addition, it should go without saying that at no time should anyone walk underneath a ladder, or move it out of position while you are on it, or on the roof.

If you will take the time to properly plan, and keep in mind these (and other) safety precautions when you are laying your asphalt roofing shingles, you will stand a much better chance of avoiding serious injury. Let's be safe out there!