These important tips will help you avoid injury if you have to access your Spanish clay tile roof. You need to be aware that one mistake can cause damage to your tile roof.
- Tiles’ smooth, flat surface makes them slippery when wet. Only walk on dry tiles to avoid serious falls. Use a safety harness to anchor yourself to steep roofs in the event of slipping.
- Shoes with soft rubber soles, such as sneakers, are more resistant to breakage than heavy shoes and boats. They also offer better traction on slippery tiles than heavier shoes or boats.
- Do not step on the tile’s bottom three inches. This area is where the tile overlaps with the row below them. Place your feet parallel to the roof ridge, and follow the tile’s bottom edge.
- To limit pressure on the tiles, walk slowly and carefully.
- The tiles can be reduced by walking on your heels. Avoid walking on heels, as they can easily cause damage to the tiles.
- Place the ball and heel of your foot on the tops for roof tiles that have close curves or waves.
- Balance your weight evenly between your feet to avoid too much pressure on one tile. To limit pressure on the tile, apply pressure slowly to one foot when you transfer your weight.
- Never walk on cracked or damaged tiles.
Roof Tiles Stand Up To Foot Traffic
Durable synthetic tiles can be used to avoid the fragility of clay tiles. Old Time Roofing offers all the aesthetic qualities of roof tiles, but is more resistant to impact and flexible. It comes with a 50-year warranty. The roofing tiles can be walked on during and after installation, without cracking.
This post was written by Ted Williams! Ted is the owner of A Old Time Roofing which is the premier Clearwater Roofing Contractor! Ted is a Master Elite Weather Stopper GAF Roofing Contractor, a double award winner of Best Steep-Slope Contractor from GAF and achiever of Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence from GAF. He has been serving the Pinellas County area since 1978. Old Time Roofing has a tradition of quality workmanship, servicing residential and commercial properties.