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How to step on roof tiles

March 8, 2022


Sometimes you need to climb onto your roof to realize some cleaning, maintenance or repair. In this article I will explain how to step on roof tiles safely and without breaking the tiles.

Clay and concrete are the most used roofing tile material because of its durability as well as because it is environment friendly and very resistant to fires and storms. However, unlike shingles, it can break and crack when we apply too much pressure on them.

Follow these tips to step on your clay or concrete tiled roof:

  1. Make sure the roof is dry, if the tiles are wet, it can be very slippery. In addition, you should use non slippery soft-soled shoes, avoiding heavy shoes or boots.
  2. Secure your ladder properly and if possible, ask someone to hold it while you go up and down the ladder. Also, you can use a safety harness to add security, essential for steep or high roofs.
  3. Step where the roof tiles are overlapped with each other, this is usually the bottom 3 inches. For wavy roof tiles, use the tallest points rather than the lowest.
  4. Walk slowly and distribute your weight evenly, walking on the balls of your feet instead of the heels to reduce pressure.

Have in mind that being on a roof is dangerous, and if it doesn’t feel safe, you should hire a professional or talk to one of our experts for advice by submitting a ticket through one of the following: