Walking on Roofing

Is it safe to walk on your home’s roof? The answer is always no. The biggest danger is the obvious physical harm. Most homes do not have access to the roof from the attic, so simply getting on the roof is challenging. The height, steep slope and uneven pathways are just a few ways one wrong step could lead to trouble. Not only does walking on a roof cause harm to yourself, but also to your roof. Understanding the outcome from walking on roofs will save you money and keep you safe.

Asphalt Roofing – This type of roofing makes up the majority of residential homes. When wet, asphalt shingles are very slick and easily causes a fall. The small granules of asphalt on the shingles that work as a draining system are easily damaged when walked on. Shoe treads tear away these granules and shorten the lifespan of the roof. Once damaged, the effectiveness decreases and the chance of needing repairs increases.

Tile Roofing – Each time a tile roof is walked on, the uneven weight causes cracking and loosening which leads leaks and displaced tiles. After noticing a broken tile or debris on your tile roof, do not take matters into your own hands and try to fix the problem. Most homeowners just make matters worse. Tile roofing is delicate and fragile. One misstep leads to more broken shingles or a hurt homeowner.

Wood Roofing – Even if wood roofing supports your weight, this type of roofing is notorious for slippery slopes from rainstorms, moss and mildew.  If the shingles are badly decayed, they will break as soon as you step foot on the roof. Walking on wood roofing causes splits in the shingles, which will have to be replaced much sooner than expected.

Most problems are unnoticed at the time but lead to small cracks and leaks that eventually cause mold in homes. Leave determining the problems and damage to the professionals. B&M Roofing‘s staff is well-trained and ready to handle your roofing needs – call 303.443.5843 for more information on the services provided.