Roofing repair and installation is the 6th most dangerous job in the country. The roofing industry is responsible for almost 30 deaths out of 100,000 workers each year. This is almost double the amount of deaths caused in the construction industry, which means more attention has been given to ensuring workplace safety for roofing contractors.
Staying Safe During Roof Repair
We ensure that our roofing practices follow strict safety protocol because our workers are valuable and their safety is a top priority. The more you can do to help maintain your roof regularly, the less risk involved for roofing contractors. Leaking roofs are the top complaint in the industry, and repairing an identified leaf right away is essential. Leaks can be avoided by having a contractor regularly inspect your roofing, but in the event water does find a way through, you want to get the leak identified and repaired immediately. Water that gets through your roof will make its way into the building and can damage ceilings as well as structures. Materials can become loose from water, causing them to fall and injure workers within the building. In addition to this, water that seeps through can drip onto surfaces, causing a risk for slipping or damaging equipment.
The presence of water in the walls also promotes mold growth, especially on wood and drywall. Even the smallest patch of mold can release spores that are very resilient and can easily spread to other surfaces within the building. Mold is not only harmful to building structures but it can be responsible for serious human illness too. There are two important factors you need to be aware of before repairing your roof. Firstly, the decking is an integral part of your roofing system, and if it is faulty, it must be repaired or replaced. Without sturdy decking the roof will not last long, and you will end up with a roof that has a short lifespan, which only costs you more money in the end. Ensuring you have solid decking is the best way to ensure the longevity of your roof.
The second thing to remember is that waterproof materials are essential. You want to ensure that the roofing contractor you choose has a comprehensible waterproofing plan to prevent any water pooling or leaking. Poor roofing installation is the number one cause for leaks and pooling, but this is avoidable if your roofer designs effective means of diverting water flow away from the building. The more you can do to keep your roof safe, the less risk roofers have to take. Safety and quality go hand in hand in the roofing industry. Work with a qualified roofing contractor to ensure your roof stays in optimal condition so roofers can stay safe too.