Slate roof tiles are preferred roofing materials for millions of properties across the world. Be it homes or business places, the right slate tiles can provide adequate protection and also ramp up the style! Installing slate roof tiles is a task that should be done only by trained and experienced professionals. Many people however, wish that they could perform installation and repair tasks for their own roofs. If you can manage to do that, you will probably save a lot of money. But working on slate roofs or any other type of roof is not that easy.
Working on a slate roof can be downright dangerous. Apart from damage to the roof, one can also get badly injured in some cases. That is why you need to get trained and experienced installers to ensure the safety during installation and to ensure no unnecessary damage is caused to your home. However, if you are an aspiring roofing professional, these pointers can be quite valuable. Here are some important precautions to take while installing slate roof tiles:
Double check tools and equipment – While installing slate tiles on a roof, you need to have the appropriate set of tools and equipment. A quick online search will help you find information regarding what tools are required. Before you can proceed on the installation job, make sure that you have these at your disposal.
Clean up the work area – Before installing slate tiles, make sure that there are no unwanted things falling around your roof surface. This can include leaves, branches, twigs, wires etc. Even if you need your tools to be on the roof, keep them organised in one side. Being organised can also make your installation job easier. Clean up any dirt, dust or other deposits too, as that is essential for roofing.
Be mindful of weather conditions – The worst thing that can happen is you starting a roofing installation job, only to be faced by a rainstorm. Such situations can completely jeopardise your roofing work. Hence, try to be mindful of weather predictions on the day when you are going to start. If rain or any other unfavourable weather condition is in expected, postpone your roofing work.
Have safety measures in place – Two of the most important prerequisites for starting roofing work are – safety ladders and harnesses. Pick out a strong ladder that is high enough for you to comfortably get up and down and from the roof. The next thing is a safety harness to ensure that you do not fall off the roof and seriously injure yourself. Harnesses are fastened around the upper body of individuals who are doing the roofing. The other end is generally attached to the peak of the roof. Do not proceed with any slate roofing installation or repair job without a safety harness.
Emergency services – Emergency services should be able to reach you and help in case you suffer from an accident. For this, you need to alert your family members or neighbours before you begin. Make sure it is someone who is usually present around you throughout the day. They can get help in case of emergencies.
The above mentioned precautions must be followed in order to perform slate roof tiling installation and remedial work. We recommend that trained and qualified installers install your slate roof and that’s where The Slate Roofing Company can help. So please contact us today for a complimentary quote.