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Roofing Safety Standards: Ensuring Your Inspection Runs Smoothly



Roofing inspections are a critical part of maintaining the integrity and safety of a roof. However, they can also be dangerous if not performed correctly. That’s why it’s essential to follow stringent roofing safety standards when conducting an inspection. Keep reading as we explore roof inspection safety practices from all angles and hear from roofing professionals on some of the most important inspection best practices to keep in mind.


Key Safety Protocols for Roofing Inspections



Although it can be helpful to make a checklist when performing a roofing inspection, the process itself is more than just a rote list of to-do’s. Each roof presents its own dynamic challenges, so it is up to the service professional to adhere to the highest standards of safety to put themself in the best position for a successful inspection.


“Safeguarding the smooth progression of a roofing inspection requires a dedicated commitment to safety standards. Prioritizing and upholding these standards isn’t just a checklist; it’s a shared dedication among professionals. Ensuring a safe and secure environment not only protects the team but paves the way for a seamlessly executed inspection, where every aspect is handled with precision and care.” – Jeff Guthrie of Mesa AZ Roofing Pros


With this expert testimony in mind, some of the key safety protocols to follow when performing a roofing inspection include:


  1. Wear proper safety gear: This includes a helmet, safety glasses, gloves, and sturdy shoes with slip-resistant soles.
  2. Use a ladder properly: Make sure you know how to use a ladder safely, and always have a spotter when working on a roof.
  3. Be aware of your surroundings: Pay attention to hazards like power lines, skylights, and chimneys.
  4. Inspect the roof from the ground first: Whenever possible, use binoculars or a drone to inspect the roof from the ground before climbing up on it.
  5. Never work on a wet or icy roof: Wait until the roof is dry and free of ice before inspecting it.
  6. Be careful of sharp objects: There are often sharp objects on roofs, such as nails and broken glass. Wear gloves to protect your hands, and be careful not to step on anything sharp.
  7. Use caution when walking on the roof: Always walk on the flattest part of the roof, and avoid walking near the edges.
  8. Be aware of the weather: If the weather is bad, inspect the roof another day.


When the safety of the roofing professional, home, roof, and surrounding area are given the highest priority, the chances of a successful inspection are greatly enhanced. 


Industry Best Practices for Roofing Inspections


In addition to the aforementioned safety protocols, there are a number of industry best practices that roofing professionals agree upon. Some of the most important include:


  • Schedule the inspection for a time when the weather is good: This will make the inspection safer, and it will also allow you to see the roof in its standard condition.
  • Get permission from the homeowner before inspecting the roof: This is especially important if you’re working on a commercial property. Call ahead of time to confirm that everyone is on the same page about the inspection time and ensure that all adjoining areas of the structure are evacuated during the inspection.
  • Prepare the surrounding area: This can include everything from removing potential hazards to having garbage bins strategically placed. “A strategically placed dumpster isn’t just a receptacle; it’s a tool that ensures seamless operations. By efficiently managing waste, it contributes to the overall smoothness of the inspection process, creating a safer and more organized environment for our team.” – Ash Janssen of Fuzion Field Services 
  • Communicate with the homeowner about your findings and recommendations: This will help them make informed decisions about their roof.
  • Document the inspection: This includes taking photos of any damage and noting the date, time, and weather conditions.


By adhering to these industry best practices, roofing inspectors can help guarantee that no stone is left unturned and the homeowner receives the highest quality service possible. 


Practical Tips for a Seamless Roofing Inspection



In addition to safety protocols and industry best practices, there are several operational tips that can help a roofing inspection go as seamlessly as possible:


  • Have a standardized checklist: A checklist will help ensure you don’t miss anything important during the inspection.
  • Be organized: Have your tools and materials before starting the inspection.
  • Take your time: Don’t rush the inspection. Take your time and inspect the roof thoroughly.
  • Ask for a second opinion if necessary: Don’t be afraid to bring in a second set of eyes. It is better to err on the side of caution if a roof presents a problem with which you are unfamiliar.


As your experience as a roofing inspector grows, expect this list of practical tips to grow.


Adhere to Safety Standards to Guarantee a Smooth Roofing Inspection


Maintaining a safe roofing inspection environment is of paramount importance. By adhering to key safety protocols, following industry best practices, and implementing practical tips, roofing professionals can ensure their inspection runs smoothly while safeguarding the integrity of the roof and their well-being. For more on the most trending roofing ideas and resources, explore the materials at National Roof Certification and Inspection Association for the leading voices in the industry!


Paul Watrous