What's the best way to walk on a residential roof, without damaging the
I assume you'd want your steps to fall on the trusses...? But how do you
the trusses are, since they're buried by the sheathing and tiles?
The large oaks on my property ensure that I'm up there, cleaning the gutters, 3
or 4 times
I've been lucky so far, but I bet one of these days my foot is going to wind up
And no, I can't afford leafless gutters at this time ;->
If walking on the sheathing between the trusses causes damage, you have
a roof with real problems. You do want to use soft soled shoes for better
grip and less damage. You can't prevent all damage, so stay off if
possible. Also people do fall off and you can't do that if you don't get up
If you can try to take care of the problem from the ground or a good
I was told to avoid walking on the roof to fully maximize its life, to
avoid leaks, and to avoid a fall. I clean gutters too, but I stay on
the heavy-duty extension ladder with a scoop and garden hose. The
cheap plastic leaf guards keep all except those pine needles out of
the gutters. Trimming back the trees really helped cut down gutter
Sorry, it's late and I'm giddy. Stay off the roof where possible, use
a ladder. and if you must go on top of the roof (like to access
another level of roof) wear your roller skates! Ahh no, golf spikes
are better for grip, err ok tennis shoes will work.
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