Can You Walk on a Metal Roof Without Damaging It?
January 31, 2023 | By Mark Feller | Filed under: Blog
Can You Walk on a Metal Roof?
Generally speaking, it’s rarely a good idea to climb up onto any roof unless you’re a roofing professional yourself. However, issues often arise that are easiest solved by a quick trip up to the roof. When it comes to metal roofing, is walking on top a good idea? The team at Classic Metal Roofs is here to answer this question and more. We’re New England’s expert metal roofing contractors, specializing in everything from rustic metal shingles to snow retention systems. Discover how to safely walk on a metal roof and learn more about our suite of services.
The Short Answer Is Yes
While, again, we don’t advise most people walk on a metal roof, it can be safe under the right circumstances. First, identify which of the many metal roof styles you have at your home. Some materials are easier to walk on than others, and certain types of shingles may be damaged by too much foot traffic. If your roof is pushing 50 years old, the structure may be too weakened to safely support your weight. But, should you determine age and style isn’t an issue, be sure to follow all these safety precautions as you work on the roof.
Take Special Care to Avoid Damage
Metal roofing panels are susceptible to damage if you don’t take the right steps to prevent it. Before you step foot on your metal roof, consider these tips for avoiding further roof damage:
- Check Manufacturer’s Guidelines: Every manufacturer has slightly different guidelines for how their product should be walked on. Some materials can be walked on frequently with minimal damage, while others are quite prone to cracks and chips. Be sure you know the case for your roof.
- Wear Proper Footwear: You shouldn’t wear just any old shoes on the roof. Choose footwear with soft-soled rubber bottoms, as these will minimize roof damage and offer the grip you need to keep from slipping. Before you start climbing the ladder, make sure your shoes are clean on the bottom.
- Be Careful Around Debris: There’s bound to be debris on the roof but take special care not to step on it. If you should plant your foot on sand or dirt, don’t grind it into the shingles. This could cause undue damage to the metal’s surface.
Safety Always Comes First
Your safety should be your number one priority while completing any kind of roof maintenance. If you choose to DIY, always follow these safety precautions:
Don’t Go It Alone
Never climb up onto the roof alone. Even if you’re the only one on the roof, have someone nearby who can help in case of an accident. A buddy is also useful for helping balance the ladder or handing you tools.
Choose a Cloudy Day
Pick a cloudy (but not rainy) day to do your roof work. Residential metal roofing will get much too hot on a sunny day and extremely slippery on a rainy one. Watch the forecast for the best time to do roof maintenance.
Slow and steady wins the race, especially when you’re a dozen feet off the ground. Move slowly as you complete your roof work, and remember that taking some extra time is well worth your safety and peace of mind.
Use Proper Safety Equipment
Always use fall protection when you get up on the roof. If you’re missing any of the following equipment, it’s best to call a professional for roofing service:
- An OSHA-approved ladder
- Lifeline or deceleration device
- Mounts or anchors
- Padded ladder stabilizers
Contact Our Metal Roofing Company Today
Although walking on a metal roof can be safe under certain circumstances, calling in the professionals is always your best bet. Classic Metal Roofs is glad to offer outstanding roofing services to homeowners in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire. Get in touch with us today to discuss your needs.