Is there a broken tile you need to fix on your roof? Or, perhaps you want to install a roof vent to cool your home down in the summer months? Chances are you will need a roof ladder to complete such jobs, but how can you use a roof ladder safely?
Whatever task you need to complete on the roof, it is vital to take all necessary safety precautions. Read on to discover the best way to use a roofing ladder safely.
What Is a Roof Ladder?
A roof ladder specially designed ladder that provides access to the roof. Using a standard ladder will not be tall enough, and may also increase the risk that an accident may occur. Sometimes you may hear roofing ladders being called ‘cat ladders’.
Why take a risk at such a height? Opt for a roof ladder that can make your job much easier and safer! You could try step ladders with extension ladders for increased ladder safety.
Is It Safe to Put a Ladder on a Roof?
It is safe to put a roofing ladder on a roof as long as you follow the manufacturer’s instructions and take all safety precautions. It is also important to purchase the most suitable size of roof ladder.
You could try tripod ladders, fixed ladders, platform ladders, and extension ladders to find the best roof ladder for you. There are also additional ladder accessories that you can take into account. For example, safety cages increase the safety aspects of roof ladders.
What Size Roof Ladder Do I Need?
Follow our easy-to-use table to see what size ladder you need to access your roof safely.
|Measurement to the Gutter||Ladder Size You Need|
|9 ft||16 ft|
|9 ft – 13 ft||20 ft|
|14 ft – 17 ft||24 ft|
|18 ft – 21 ft||28 ft|
|22 ft – 25 ft||32 ft|
|26 ft – 28 ft||36 ft|
|29 ft – 31 ft||40 ft|
Using a roof ladder that is too short is dangerous as you will not be able to reach the roof. You may resort to climbing the rest of the way which is not recommended at all!
Similarly, if your ladder is too long, then the support point will not be fully supported. Choosing the best size of ladder is needed to ensure complete safety.
What Material Is Best for a Roof Ladder?
Fibreglass is the best material for roof access ladders. Roofing ladders made from fibreglass are strong and are non-conductive to electricity. This is an important safety feature that metal ladders do not possess.
An aluminium ladder will not rust, however, and is a lightweight choice is needed. Alternatively, a wooden roofing ladder may be a cheaper option and is also non-conductive to electricity.
Do I Need a Roof Ladder Hook?
Attaching your ladder to roof hooks is an extra safety feature that will make your job so much easier. Most roof hooks will have a set of wheels on the end so that the shingles or other roof material will not get damaged. This also helps you to easily move the step ladder slightly if needed, sliding horizontally.
How To Use a Roofing Ladder Safely
Follow these safety guidelines so you can use your roofing ladder without risk of injury.
Make sure you have the equipment you need. You will need to check the height of your roof, measuring to the gutter as a support point. Ensure that the height of your roof ladder is appropriate for the height of your house.
In addition to the roof ladder, you will need a safety harness and rope and some sensible shoes. Tennis shoes with a soft sole are a good choice.
2. Extend Ladder
Choose where your ladder will be positioned. You should make sure that the ground is stable and that there is no power line close to the location. Also, ensure that a doorway is not close by. Extend the ladder so that it is 3 feet higher than the roof.
A harness must be worn and secured to an anchored safety rope. The rope should be thrown over the roof and attached to a tree or other suitable location. Fit your harness close to your body, following the harness manufacturer’s instructions.
You will then need to climb up the ladder, pull the rope tightly and tie a knot to finish securing yourself. Make sure the rope and harness are fully secure, taking into account load capacity.
4. Roof Work
When working on the roof, you must have your own safety at the forefront of your mind at all times.
Make sure that your extension ladder is accessible and remain seated on the roof when working. Standing and walking on the roof will increase the chance that you will lose your balance.
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