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Summer Season Reroofing Tips from Higgins Roofing

09 December 2019

Summer season is the most favourable time for reroofing projects due to many reasons. First, the temperatures are ideal for reroofing or roof replacement as compared to the chilly weather of the winter. Secondly, roofers have a less hectic schedule in the summer. There is also less chance of rain interfering with the roofing task during this season. Aside from that, no snow or ice will fall which reduces the hazardous conditions of the already risky project. Lastly, you will have an ample time to prepare your roof for the colder months of the year.

Despite the many advantages brought by the summer season, you can never be too complacent. Below are summer season reroofing tips that might just help you while you proceed on your reroofing project.

Start as Early as Possible

Weather is indeed a force to be reckoned with. It is highly uncontrollable since you will not know how hot the day is going to get or predict with 100 percent accuracy when it will start to rain in the afternoon. However, you can always play the hand you are dealt, meaning you can manage how you will respond to the given circumstances. You should start the reroofing process early in the morning to avoid as much of the sun’s summer rays and afternoon rain as possible. If you get the bulk of the work done before the hottest point of the day you have acquired the key to surviving in summer heat.

Hydrate as Often as Possible

The best tip for surviving the extreme summer heat is staying hydrated. The human body is made up of 60 percent water, which is why the body is dependent on water to function. Water intake helps digest food, take nutrients and oxygen to all the cells of the body, and lubricate joints while cushioning organs.

Standing on the roof, directly in the path of the sun’s ultraviolet rays, causes the body to sweat. And while sweating regulates body temperature, excessive sweating without replenishment can lead to dehydration, fainting and many other serious ailments. Drinking plenty of fluids before, during and after every roofing project should be the plan of action for all contractors working in the heat.

Take Cooling Down Breaks

Standing on top of a roof, there is usually no shade to protect a roofer from the sun’s rays. Reroofers must take an ample amount of breaks in the shade, or air conditioning if available, while working through the hot sun. It is as important as staying hydrated throughout the day.

Wear Necessary Protection

Appropriate clothes are the body’s first line of defence against the sun. There are shirts designed to keep you cool because their fabrics are breathable and can wick moisture from the body. Don’t forget about the importance of a good pair of shoes. Finding shoes that have a great resistance to wear-and-tear and have a slip-resistant sole are two important features for roofing footwear attire. Finally, sunscreen is a roofer’s best short-term defence against burns and long-term safeguard when it comes to preventing skin cancer. To aid in a roofer’s fight against dehydration and other ailments caused by the sun, a layer of sunscreen should cover all body parts not shielded by clothing—it is the final piece to every roofer’s summer uniform.

Make sure to consult Higgins Roofing in your summer reroofing project. We are a leading Re-Roofing specialist in Melbourne that can help you with your roofing needs.