The most common types of private-property personal injuries occur as a result of slips or falls. These incidents are especially common working in elevated positions around the exterior of the house. A wobbly ladder that rests on an unstable surface or a loose roof tile could be enough to cause you to lose balance and tumble to the ground. A strong gust of wind could knock you off your feet. If thunder storms are in the area, it’s not a good time to climb onto your roof.
If you fall off of the roof of your house while performing routine repair work, not only could you be seriously injured, but you’ll also have the potential financial worry of paying for medical care and the possibility of loss of income during your recovery.
A few safety tips to consider before you climb on to your roof:
- If your roof needs attention don’t work on the roof alone. If an accident should happen there should be someone there to help.
- Make sure the ladder is on a solid, level surface. Use a ladder stabilizer that attaches to the top of the ladder. If the legs are sitting on a dirt or grass surface, dig holes to hold the bottom of the ladder in place. If the ladder is on a veranda or a deck, attach a board right behind the legs to prevent slipping.
- Keep your eyes on the area you’re working on to help prevent miss stepping or tripping. The view from the roof may be fantastic but getting distracted by it could be dangerous.
- If you are uncomfortable with heights or feel unstable on a ladder don’t climb up on the roof.
- Know your physical limitations.
The best and safest way to proceed is to call a professional. Rite Price Roofing are ready and willing to help you. We handle all kinds of roof restorations, beginning with a full inspection that will identify any problems and recommend the steps that should be taken to fix them.
What we look for during a roof inspection:
- Chipped or broken tiles
- These can let in water, wind, animals or birds
- Even a small leak or hole could reduce your energy efficiency
- Loose flashing (the material around pipes, vents and other protrusions)
- Can lead to water leaks
- Signs of wear, tear, deterioration and discolouration
- Deterioration may mean your roof isn’t doing a good job of keeping you covered and protected.
- Small problems can turn into more serious issues over time if left unaddressed.
- Quick action can save you money before the problem and/or damage it may cause becomes a major expense!
- Condition of the gutters
- Blocked or damaged gutters can lead to water overflow and could cause water damage.
- Presence of moss or mould
- Reduces water drainage, looks unsightly, can be a health hazard
Moss and mould:
Moss and mould may look similar, but moss is a plant while mould is a fungus (neither plant nor animal, and distantly related to mushrooms).
Why moss is a problem:
The main difficulty caused by excessive moss on your roof tiles (apart from looking unsightly) is that it impedes drainage. A pitched tiled roof slopes to aid drainage, but water will soak into the moss and sit there. Underneath the moss the tile will always be wet and if any wood is permanently saturated, it creates an ideal environment for softwood rots to start. (Tile batons are used to anchor the roof tiles to roof, if these are allowed to rot you may end up having to replace the pitched tiled roof.)
Why mould is a problem:
Mould stains can form on parts of your roof that are in permanent shade. The mould can discolour your roof and cause damage over a period of time. Exposure to mould causes and exacerbates symptoms of several medical conditions, including allergies, irritation of tissues from inhalation or ingestion, and infections. Moulds that contain mycotoxins are even more dangerous, although mould growing on a roof is typically not toxic.
The Rite Price six step restoration process:
A Rite Price roof restoration is a multi-step process that ends with a fully restored roof you can count on. Our team has over 25 years of experience in the industry, which means we’ve seen it all.
We replace all of your cracked and broken tiles.
We pressure wash the roof to rid it of mould, moss, and dirt. We use a gentle wash is completely natural and doesn’t involve any added chemicals. Just pure, clean water. (We don’t use chlorine bleach as this can kill vegetation in your garden if it runs onto the ground as it is rinsed from the roof, and it can accelerate corrosion of metal gutter and downspout systems). The pressure wash blasts away dirt, moss, and debris without harming your roof, home or garden. If you have a metal roof, the metal sheets will be power washed and cleaned with an anti-rust agent, then primed with a metal primer.
We remove the ridge caps and re-bed them, if necessary this involves removing the ridge caps, laying a new concrete bed, and re-laying the caps to create a straight line. Then the ridge caps will be re-pointed with pointing mortar. This ensures they are watertight.
We apply a primer coat or sealant to the roof to ensure that the tiles adhere to the roof by providing them with a coat of gripped material.
We apply a set of acrylic membrane coats (usually two coats, but sometimes more) in the colour of your choice. These heavy coats create a protective layer over your tiles and improve your roof’™s appearance.
The final step will be the inspection, where we inspect the roof for quality of workmanship and address any issues our team may have missed. We guarantee all of our workmanship for 15 years.
Rite Price Roofing are a local, family-owned business with a twenty year history of excellent service. We’re proud to be known as South Australia’s most trusted roof restoration experts!