It’s a question that has puzzled homeowners for years – how do you walk on a tiled roof without breaking tiles? The answer is complicated, but in this blog post, we will discuss the best way to walk on a tiled roof without damaging the tiles. After all, no one wants to have to replace their roof tiles every time they need to walk on them.
Why Do You Need to Walk on Roof Tiles?
First of all, we want to say that you should always try to avoid walking on the tiles themselves. If you must walk on the tiles, be sure to do so gently and only when necessary. Walking on roof tiles can damage them and lead to leaks or other problems down the line. So, if you can avoid it, it’s best to do so.
However, sometimes you may need to walk on roof tiles. For example, if you live in a hurricane-prone area, you may need to walk on your roof to check for damage after a storm. Or, if you’re a roofer, you may need to walk on tiles to do your job.
Before we head into the tips, always consult with a professional if you have any doubts about walking on your roof. They will be able to give you specific guidance based on the condition of your roof or they will send an expert out to do an inspection. Thankfully, these individuals not only have the right experience and training but also the right insurance to cover any accidents. What’s more, they also have leading equipment to prevent damage.
Tips for Walking on Roof Tiles
In these cases, there are a few things you can do to minimize damage to roof tiles. First, always walk on the tiles perpendicular to the seams. By doing this, you will distribute your weight more evenly and reduce the chance of breaking a tile.
Second, wear rubber-soled shoes because this will provide some traction and cushioning to help prevent breakage. If you wear leather-soled shoes, you run the risk of slipping and sliding, which can damage tiles. Alternatively, you can purchase special shoes that are made for walking on roofs.
Third, avoid walking on roof tiles during cold or wet weather. As you’ve probably guessed, this is because tiles can become brittle in the cold and are more likely to break. In the wet, tiles can become slippery, which also increases the likelihood of breakage (and injury to yourself!). So, if you must walk on your roof, do so on a day when the weather is warm and dry.
Fourth, use caution when walking near the edges of the roof. Tiles can break if they’re stepped on too hard, and it’s very easy to lose your balance and fall if you’re near the edge. At all times, take things slow and steady, and be extra careful near the edges.
Finally, don’t forget that roof tiles can also break if they’re hit by something heavy. So, if you’re working on the roof and need to move equipment around, be sure to use caution and avoid dropping anything heavy on the tiles.
If you need a tile roof replacement, this is best done by a professional. Among other things, they will have the experience and know-how to avoid breaking tiles while working. However, if you need to walk on your roof for any reason, keep this advice in mind!