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Staying Safe in the Scorching Summertime Sunshine

Here in Florida, we understand the summertime heat better than most other areas in the country.  During this same time, home and business owners are scheduling their regular Fort Myers roof inspections, roof maintenance and re-roof projects.  With the high temps and extreme weather conditions, roofing contractors need to be prepared.

Our Naples roofing contractors understand that, in 2014 alone, there were more than 2,600 workers who suffered from heat-related illnesses in the US.  During that same year, close to 20 died from heat stroke and other related causes while working on the job, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA).  What’s important to remember is that these kinds of illnesses and deaths are completely preventable.

According to OSHA law, employers are responsible for making sure that workplaces are free from known safety hazards.  This means that employers are required to protect workers from extreme heat.  Employers who have workers who are exposed to high heat, including roofing contractors, should make sure rules and regulations are in place to help prevent heat-related illness.

Tips To Beat The Heat:

Be An Early Bird: Get a jump start on the summer heat by getting an early start.  While we’re unable to control how hot it gets throughout the day, we are able to control our day by getting on the roof early enough to beat some of the afternoon heat.

Keep It Hydrated: Taking in lots of fluids throughout the hot summer days should be a top priority.  Make sure you’re drinking fluids before, during and after your day’s work.  A good rule of thumb is to drink water every 15 minutes – even when you’re not thirsty.

Dress Properly: One of your best defenses against heat from the sun is a uniform that will provide protection from the sun and will keep you cool. Hats and light-colored clothing articles are a great way to do both.

Take A Break: It’s important that workers are resting in the shade.  Breaks are not only a great way to cool off, but can also be used as a time to rehydrate.

Keep A Watchful Eye: Working on a roof is a team effort.  Make sure that workers are trained to identify symptoms of a heat-related illness and what to do in such cases.  If a worker becomes ill, it’s critical to call a supervisor for help.  If a supervisor is unavailable, call 911.  Make sure that the victim is watched closely until help arrives.

Use Sunblock: Lastly, don’t forget the sunblock.  In the Florida sun, sunblock is a roofer’s best defense against skin damage, sunburns and even skin cancer.

Our Lehigh Acres roofing contractors are reminding outdoor workers of all kinds to protect themselves out there.  Make summertime safety a top priority.  If you’re considering having work done on your roof this summer, call us at 855-276-9655 today for a free estimate. Not only do we provide regular inspections, but we can help to repair current roofing systems that may be failing or we can install new roofing systems to best help you, your family and your business stay safe. There’s no job to small and no task too big. With offices in Fort Myers, Orlando, Sarasota and Miami, we’re here to help with all of your roofing needs.

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Preparing Your Home For A Roof Installation

It’s a big day for you and your home – it’s install day!  You’ve spent time critiquing every option, from the roofing material to the color of shingles to the Miami roofing company you’ve chosen for the install.  But the work doesn’t stop there as there are things you can do to better prepare yourself, your family and your home for the roof installation process.

The process of a new roof installation essentially turns your home into a construction site.  There are a number of steps you can take to help prepare yourself, your family, and your home and we’re here to let you in on the secrets to allow his process to run as smoothly as possible.

Our Delray Beach roofers remind homeowners that everything used to perform the roofing installation process needs to be as safe and as close to the house as possible, which requires direct access to the driveway and yard.  It’s in your best interest to remove all vehicles from the driveway and ensure that they are kept away from the structure.  Additionally, anything located around the perimeter of the home and property that can limit roof access should also be moved.  During this time, you should also keep all pets and children inside the home or in a place that is safe and away from the job site.

During this time, you may find it comforting to cover all valuables in the garage and attic as debris and dust can enter into those spaces as well.  While you’re running through the preparation process, it’s also a good idea up turn off power to all roof attic fans.  If you have any patio furniture, you should move it away from your home as well.  If you have any satellite dishes on your roof, remember that they may need to be moved during installation to allow your roof to be installed properly.

During roof work, noise from hammers, nails, guns, etc. should be expected.  The noise can last from one to several days depending on the size of your home.  This could be your perfect excuse to take that peaceful vacation you’ve long deserved.

It’s also in your best interest to make sure that your grass is freshly cut.  Overgrown grass can hinder the cleanup process. As roofers work, materials will need to come off the roof and may be present in your yard before cleanup takes place.  It is our duty to ensure that all debris is cleared when the roof installation is complete.

Lastly, we remind you that our Florida weather can be unpredictable and minor adjustments in scheduling can arise.  We will work hard from the beginning to the very last touches of the install process to complete your job on the scheduled dates to ensure a pleasurable experience for you.  Customer satisfaction is extremely important to us. If you have any comments, questions or concerns, we encourage you to contact us immediately.

When choosing a roofer, it’s important for you to choose a company that can help ensure that your family and your home is protected and that you’re getting the best service possible. Call our roofers in Fort Lauderdale at 855-276-9655 today for a free estimate. We can help to repair current roofing systems that may be failing or we can install new roofing systems to best help you and your family stay safe. There’s no job to small and no task too big. With offices in Fort Myers, Orlando, Sarasota and Miami, we’re here to help with all of your roofing needs.