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SOLVED: Can You Walk On A Tiled Roof?

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You can probably imagine that walking on any type of roof is never a good idea from the point of view of your own safety. Even professional roofers are greatly at risk during the line of their work, and around 50 every year are killed or fatally injured while working on roofs in the UK.

With that in mind, if you’re asking “can you walk on a tiled roof” you might want to think again about taking a trip up a ladder to hang Christmas lights from your roof or to mount a TV aerial.

While a pitched roof offers a number of advantages compared with a flat roof, when it comes to walking on its surface, a flat roof is clearly much safer. Nevertheless, sometimes walking on your roof cannot be avoided, and in such cases, knowing how to do it properly and safely is paramount, as the following article reveals..

How Can You Walk on A Tiled Roof Safely?

It’s hard to stay safe if you’re walking on a tiled roof. The risk of slipping is high, and the risk of breaking tiles is even greater. That said, if there’s no other course of action you can take except to walk on your roof, here are some top tips to help you do it safely.

  • Always make sure you’ve evenly distributed your weight.
  • Always transfer your bodyweight gradually from one foot to another while you walk.
  • Always walk using the ball of your foot.
  • Never leap or jump between tiles.
  • Always choose the right footwear. You should always wear shoes with a soft sole.

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If you spot any tiles which are obviously cracked or damaged, you should also take care not to step on them as they could break completely and cause you to lose your footing. Even a very tiny, almost unnoticeable fracture could cause the tile to shatter if you put extra weight on it, so it’s vital to take care

Where Should I Step?

Knowing where to place your feet when walking on a tiled roof will help to keep you safe. 

The majority of concrete roof tiles will be slightly lifted from the roof’s surface as they sit on top of wooden batten strips. This creates a space beneath the tiles to allow for better ventilation. 

When you step on the roof tiles, ensure you’re stepping on the tile peaks rather than the valleys, and step on the part of the tile which is reinforced i.e. the lower part of the tile you can see.

Whenever possible, there are some key precautions that you should take. If you have a harness, you should always wear one, and make sure to have someone with you at all times who can get help should you have an accident.

Where Should I Not Step?

If you have to walk on your concrete tiled roof, never step on the hip tiles or ridge tiles. These are the tiles which are located on your roof’s peak. 

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You should also avoid standing on any of the tiles in the valleys of the roof, or on the rake of the roof. You should also never step on the water channels of the tile where they overlap at the sides

Walking on A Flat Roof: Final Thoughts

If you have a flat roof, you needn’t be quite so worried about slipping and falling as you would need to be if you were walking on a roof with a pitch, however that doesn’t mean you can completely relax and just walk over your roof as if you were walking along the ground! 

Flat roofs may not be such a risk for slippage, but you’re still at risk of breaking and damaging your roof if you step on it incorrectly. It’s equally important to take care with the way that you distribute your weight and with the places that you place your feet so that you don’t accidentally cause damage to the roof. 

It’s always wise to avoid ever setting foot on your tiled roof if possible. Although the answer to “can you walk on a tiled roof” is yes, that doesn’t mean that it’s something that should be encouraged on a regular basis. If there is an alternative way to achieve your goal, you should always take it. 

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