Davis Roofing: Article About Consequences Of Walking On A Roof
Walking on the roof can be a dangerous activity, often leading to physical injury and sometimes death. Beyond the obvious problems of injury, walking on a roof can also cause extensive damage to the roof and eventually, the interior of the building. For this reason, only Davis roofing professionals with training and experience should ever walk on the roof of a building.
As mentioned, the most obvious issue with walking on roofing is the danger it poses physically. Residential roofs in particular do not usually have access directly from the attic. Simply getting on the roof is a big challenge. The steep pitch of a roof makes maintaining a good footing very difficult. Asphalt roofing makes up the vast majority of residential roofs and can be very slick if wet. Fatalities as a result of falling from roofing by professionals total in the thousands each year. Leaving this activity to only those trained and experienced is by far the best policy.
Other than physical harm, walking on the roof of a building can actually cause damage to roofing materials.
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Asphalt shingles are very easily damaged as a result of walking on them, which degrades their effectiveness and can cause minor or severe leaks to the interior. Asphalt and architectural shingles have small granules of asphalt that assist in drainage off and away from the roof. Upon walking on these shingles, shoe tread tears away these granules. This shortens the roof's lifespan and degrades the shingles.
There is no need to walk on the roof unless it is for the rare and occasional repair. It is not a good idea to walk upon a roof for any other reason. Even when absolutely necessary, it should only be done by a professional. Beyond asphalt shingles, even wood shingles can become cracked or dislodged. Tile roofing can also crack easily when weight is not properly distributed.
All of these problems to the roof can go unnoticed at the time, but can lead to severe issues for the interior of the building. Leaking can result from even small cracks, missing or torn shingles and degradation of asphalt shingles. Often, when the leak is uncovered, the problem has advanced significantly. If not addressed quickly, leaks can lead to mold inside the building.
Determining the extent of damage and the best course of action should always be left to roofing professionals for the long term benefits of the structure.