Originally Posted By: jfarsetta
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After watching my neighbor bounce after he hit the ground, from falling off his LADDER, I’m extra careful with regard to laddering any structure. The bottom line is if, for any reason, I feel uncomfortable about laddering any home, or climbing up on a roof, I just wont do it. My life is worth more than the cost of the inspection, or the cost of repairing a roof. Period.
You can get a pretty accurate feel, literally, for the condition a roof is in from the eaves. If the roof looks older, is a bit brittle, some curling or cupping, and the gutters have just been cleaned, I may not get up on it. I nearly slid off a roof recently, when the granules started coming off under my feet. Gutters were spotless. Roof appeared to have some granular loss, but not too bad. Granules wouldnt come off where I could reach with my hands. So, I went up. I didn't think the pitch was too bad, but the granules let loose under my weight on a section, and I was lucky to have landed on my a$$ up there rather than take a header off the roof altogether.
So, use your heads when deciding to go onto a roof. It IS the best way to inspect, but only YOU can decide when and if its right to climb. Lots of factors go into that decision, including pitch of the roof, temperature, humidity, wind, rain, snow, ice (are we kidding on these last two?!!), mold, granule loss, gutters, visual condition of the roof, loads of granules observed in the gutters (there's your first hint that things may suck), and let's not forget the condition of the ground.