Call a professional
Climbing on a roof is dangerous, so we request you to call for a company professional who is accustomed to climbing on roofs and who takes appropriate measures to ensure the safety of his team as well as the people around.
Classic and required maintenance activities
Before monsoon season, it is highly advised to check the following areas :
- At valleys, gutters and downpipes, be sure of no dust or leaves accumulation, i.e., remove all water stopping items
- In case mortar was used on your roof, check that no mortar has cracked and replace the damaged areas with a specific treatment
- Check there is no broken tile, especially if your building is below coconut trees, be sure there is no risk of broken tile by the fall of a coconut. A cricket ball, a fallen coconut, etc... might break tiles as the impact can be quite strong
- Orient your feet in a horizontal direction. Try to distribute your weight evenly and walk as softly as possible.
- On high profile Elabana tiles, distribute your weight on the high points of adjacent tiles.
- A great option is to use walk pads to distribute your weight over a larger area. Pads may be fabricated in a number of ways but are typically made from sheets of plywood cut into 2’ x 2’ sections. The underside of these pads should be fitted with softer material such as carpet or rigid foam that will help distribute the weight and prevent slippage.
- Avoid walking on hips or valleys to prevent damage to specially cut tiles that are more difficult to replace.
- Valleys are ideal access paths--if the tiles are separated wide enough to allow foot traffic on the valley flashing instead of the tile. Take special care when walking on valley flashing as the metal can be slippery. Keep in mind that activities such as gutter cleaning and holiday light hanging can be accomplished from a ladder rather than walking on your roof. Ladder braces may be attached to avoid damage to your gutters and tile.
Avoid walking on your tile roof unless absolutely necessary
If you need to walk on the roof, caution should be exercised to ensure your personal safety and prevent damage to roof tiles. Roof tiles broken by foot traffic should be replaced at the earliest.
The broken tiles may cause problems by allowing water and UV rays to penetrate through to the underlay and cause damage.
There are certain methods of traversing the roof that can minimize damage. It is recommended that you step at the bottom three inches of the installed tile. This section is supported by the lapped tile beneath it and the weight is then transferred through it to the structure below. Remember the following tips: