FOOT TRAFFIC CAN DAMAGE YOUR ROOF AND CAUSE IT TO FAIL EARLY
Getting up and walking on your roof is sometimes a necessary part of having a roof. Many times, getting up on your roof is actually something you must do to maintain the roof. In fact, a point that we’ll cover later in this series – performing regular roof inspections – requires that you walk on your roof. It is almost an oxymoron that in order to keep your roof in good shape you have to walk on it, but when you’re walking on the roof you might actually damage the roof. As you’re on the roof inspecting, repairing, or doing something else to maintain it, it’s important to be cautious and make sure you’re not causing more damage while trying to fix and maintain the roof. If possible, you should minimize foot traffic on your roof. Don’t walk around on it unless it’s necessary.
Minimize Foot Traffic Unless It’s Absolutely Necessary
As we said in the beginning, foot traffic on your roof can lead to the roof requiring repairs or replacement prematurely. This will obviously cost you money and cause you headache that you don’t want. So, if you don’t have to be on the roof, it’s a good idea to minimize foot traffic. Get up on the roof to inspect it, repair it, and maintain it, but don’t get up there to watch the stars at night or to hold a meeting. Foot traffic is what you might call a necessary evil when making repairs. Sure, it’s the only way to get up on the roof and make those repairs, but it can also be damaging to the roof. So, if you aren’t improving the roof and don’t need to be up there, minimize foot traffic as much as possible.
Getting up and walking on your roof is something that is oftentimes required. You have to do some work on your roof, so you have to work on it to get it done. However, if you don’t have to be up on the roof, you shouldn’t be. Take our word for it. It will prematurely age the roof and will cost you money.