Need To Walk On Your Roof To Investigate Loose Shingles? How The Roofers Do It

When you see shingles curling up on your roof and flapping in the breeze, it is a good idea to get up there and get a closer look. You want to see if the loose shingles are individual, or if they are going to take other slabs of shingles with them. Additionally, it helps to check the situation for other problems the loose shingles might be causing. However, you may be concerned with personal safety. Here is how to walk on your roof the way home roofers do it so that you can remain safe as you investigate your shingle problem.

Wear Solid-Soled Work Boots and Strap-on Ice Cleats

Most roofers will have solid-soled work boots on their feet. These boots have thick, firm treads on the bottom that help grip the shingles and prevent slipping. The strap-on ice cleats provide even more grip, which is necessary if your roof has a high-pitched roof or you have lots of slippery spots because the ice and snow have not melted entirely. If you have a roof that is nearly flat or low-incline, you can skip the cleats.

Use a Safety Harness and a Clip Line 

If you have a chimney (and many houses do, even if it's no longer in use as a fireplace), you can use a tether line and a clip to loop the base of the chimney. Then step into a safety harness and clip the other end of the tether line to your harness. In the event that your work boots/cleats fail you and you slip, the harness and tether line will keep you from falling all the way to the ground.

Use Very Slow and Steady Movements

Do NOT try to lope across your roof like a mountain goat! Professional roofers use slow and steady movements to carefully reach the spots where the shingles are coming loose. You should stop within a foot of the loose shingles too. There could be more loose shingles surrounding the ones that are flapping in the wind. You would not know it until you can take a closer look, or until you accidentally step on those shingles and your foot or feet begin to slide.

If you can, try to sit near the loose shingles you want to investigate. Then reach out and grab the shingles to see if they peel back or move. Do not pull too hard; you are just testing them! If they do not budge, move a little bit closer to the really loose shingles to get the best view of the situation possible. What you discover you can report to the home roofers you hire to fix the problem.