DON’T ENDANGER YOURSELF TO SAVE A LITTLE MONEY
Too many people take on DIY roofing projects without the capability of completing them safely. They want to save a little money, save a little time perhaps, or just don’t want to work with a contractor. Whatever the reason, they try to complete their roofing project on their own, and the project ends with them getting injured. How can you make sure you are working safely on your roof and make sure you don’t take on a project you can’t handle? Check these guidelines.
Do You Have the Proper Equipment?
To safely work on your roof, you need to have the proper and well-maintained equipment. A good ladder, a tool belt or bag to keep your hands free, a hard hat if there’s anything above you. You need quality tools that work properly. If you don’t have the right equipment, a simple DIY project on your roof can cost you more than just money.
Do You Have the Knowledge?
Many lapses in safety during roofing projects aren’t the result of laziness or neglect, but of ignorance. If you don’t realize that something is dangerous, then you will do it and may injure yourself. Do you know how to properly set up your ladder? Do you know how to properly use the tools required for your project? Without the right knowledge, you can put yourself in danger and never know you did it.
Do You Have the Time?
Working safely takes longer than working dangerously. Setting up perimeter guards on a roof takes time. It’s faster to not set up safety equipment, not inspect tools and ladders, and not take time putting on extra safety gear. But, it takes a lot longer if you end up in the hospital and have to come back to the project 3 months later. If you don’t have the time to do a job safely, then you don’t have time to do the job. Avoid any dangerous project which you know you won’t have time to properly and safely complete.
DIY projects can save you money, and may even get your project finished faster, but they can be dangerous. If you don’t have the right equipment, don’t know what you’re doing, or are in a hurry, then your project may end badly. Avoid injuring yourself or others and only undertake DIY projects that you know you can complete safely. Calling a contractor could end up saving you time, and more importantly, preventing injury or worse.