How Do Roofers Protect Themselves During the Summer?
Sometimes we have unpredictable weather and that can mean our summers are warmer than usual. Working outside for long hours means you can be exposed to risks, which will be assessed by employers, such as the temperature being monitored and making sure there is a risk assessment daily, particularly if there is a worker who may have health issues, making them vulnerable to the heat.
You may wonder how roofers protect themselves against the heat during a job. It is best to make sure they are well informed of the weather and to prepare properly. Sometimes rearranging a job to a cooler time of day is better. If they do have to work in the sun, then making sure they have proper skin protection is integral to their health. Using a high SPF waterproof sun cream regularly will defend their skin from the UV rays. This is especially important if they have pale skin, light hair and moles/freckles, as catching the sun can add to the risk of skin cancer.
In the heat it may be tempting to take off the protective layers and equipment, but this is a bad idea due to the danger. During the job protective clothes should be kept on until completion. A decent material for work clothes in the summer is light cotton and hard hats with a neck shade. However, during breaks the excessive layers can be removed to allow heat loss, cooling off in the shade. Keeping an eye out for signs of heat stroke is important, as well as keeping their hydration high, with plenty of water during the work. Roofers will keep communicating with their colleagues to make sure they are well, keeping an eye on their health and safety. For all Flat roof repairs in Tunbridge Wells, call us on 01892 784285
Roofing and Leadwork
A roofing material that is very adaptable is lead. This is a favoured choice for roofing, as it is soft and pliable, so it can be shaped in different ways. This material is also tough, being naturally water and corrosion resistant.
Lead is generally used for sealing joints, or ‘flashing’. This acts a protection between any masonry and the roof. If it’s done properly, flashing can stop leaking from occurring and help protect the roof from bad weather. If flashing is not used, the rain can simply leak through into your home, causing mould and mildew, as well as potential problems with the structure.
Although you can get different sorts of flashing, lead is usually the popular choice. Lead is more aesthetic than copper and gives durable strength. This flashing can last for many years, as it can lengthen the life of your roof and lower the potential for cracks and damage. This means it is cost efficient as you shouldn’t need a repair for a long time.
It is also eco-friendly once properly fitted on your roof, as the lead sheets could be sent for recycling. The carbon footprint is also low, but doesn’t hinder any performance or durability.
The older your property gets, the more the leadwork can change to adapt to the materials surrounding it. Lead doesn’t need maintaining very often, so you and your family can be assured that your roof is safe, call us for all your Roof repairs in Wadhurst.
Should You Get Your Roof Inspected Professionally?
A roof is an important part of your home, with a crucial job to protect and keep the property safe. It is an essential piece, and needs to be kept in good shape, as any unnoticed problems may cause bigger ones down the line. So, with regular roof inspections, this can be avoided.
Although you can keep an eye on the roof yourself, and look out for any signs of potential damage, it is best to have an expert look at it. They can do a thorough assessment, and decide on a solution if there’s a problem.
Getting your roof inspected regularly is actually cost efficient in the long run, as any problems that arise can be fixed as soon as possible. If they are left due to being put off (possibly due to the thought of the cost), then you may find you’re actually paying out more in the end.
Did you know that roof inspections are greatly suggested as regular maintenance? Professional inspections should be done yearly. You don’t have to do them, but it is definitely recommended, as inspections can identify all sorts of problems, such as damaged tiles, clogged gutters and sagging cladding. It is the thin line between having a fixable problem, and one that is serious. Please keep an eye on your roof, to ensure your home is the best it can be and if you need your roof repaired in Wadhurst call 01892 784285.