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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.

The Don’ts Of Roofing Decisions

With any investment, especially when investing in the roof of your home, you should seriously consider weighing the options before making any major decisions on how you’re going to install or maintain it.  Our roofers in Sarasota are here to help you with those important decisions and we’ve got some serious pitfalls to avoid when making decisions about installing, maintaining and preserving your home’s roof.  Check our list of the top no-nos when it comes to your roof:

Taking On A Major Roof Repair or Replacement On Your Own:

Unless you’ve got some serious roofing knowledge, we don’t advise taking on this job alone.  This is a job for the professionals.  Tearing off a roof can be a seriously dangerous and difficult task.  Oftentimes, brave homeowners who have chosen to tackle a roof removal on their own wind up calling in a roofing contractor to “rescue” them from the trouble and the mess they’ve created.  It’s not long after the start of a project like this that the do-it-yourselfers realize this is a task better left to the professionals.  All too often, homeowners will attempt roofing tasks on their own in an attempt to save a few bucks and wind up with more damage and more costs than when they started.  Roofing is a detailed task and requires precise knowledge and skill.  This is why a certified roofing contractor is your safest and most reliable move.

Purchasing Your Own Materials:

Money can be tight and we all are inclined to shop around to save a little cash.  When it comes to finding someone to properly install your roof system, it’ll pay off to bring in a qualified contractor with competitive prices to purchase the materials for you.  This is more beneficial for a number of reasons.  First, you won’t wind up with incorrect products or quantities.  A qualified contractor may not only have access to better quality products but may also have access to competitive pricing because of already-established relationships with their suppliers.  Your best bet is to carry out your roof repair, or a complete installation, as a package deal with your contractor.  Remember, a good contractor will not only be able to provide you with excellent workmanship, but you can get the manufacturer’s warranty as well.

Using A Roofing Product That Will Cause More Damage Over Time:

Contrary to popular belief, not all roofing products are actually good for your roof.  For example, rain diverters can actually wind up causing more damage, forcing rainwater to back up under your roof’s shingles.  When this happens, the damage can be awfully costly.  Another example of a potentially damaging product are flush mounted skylights.  In these cases, most don’t have a very wide flange and can tend to give way under high volumes of water.  During heavy rain, water can seep beyond the flange and can wind up penetrating beneath the roof, causing serious leaks.  When you enlist the skill of a qualified contractor, they can then help to guide you to the most trustworthy of products.

Not Hiring A Solid Contractor:

A solid contractor is your safety net.  It’s critical that you do your homework.  You always, in any trade, want to seek a reputable and qualified contractor to perform any kind of installation or repair to your home. It’s also important to look beyond price when doing your research.  Talk with friends, family and coworkers.  Find out who they’ve used before and how they’d rate the service and production.  You can also do some digging through the Better Business Bureau, through various online review sites, and even on the company’s website to get a feel for how they do business.  You want to ensure that you’re selecting a company with integrity that can deliver a great finished product.

Choosing the right company to work on your roof is a decision that will follow you for decades.  Make sure you’re choosing a company that meets your every need.  Call our Miami roofers 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.