Walking on the roof increases the risk of roof damage. The damage may be immediate or delayed, but it will surely be there is you frequently go up on the roof. Fortunately, the following measures will help you minimize the damage.
Carry a Tool Belt
If you go up on the roof for repairs or maintenance, your tools of trade can slip out of your hands and damage the roof. Heavy tools such as hammers can cause particularly serious damages. Have a tool belt that can carry all your tools and equipment safely. Put back every tool you are not using in the tool belt to reduce the risk of slipping.
Minimize Rooftop Visits
You can minimize visits to the roof in three main ways. First, carry out most of your rooftop activities from a ladder. For example, use a ladder when you want to clean the roof instead of walking on the roof. Secondly, only go on the roof if necessary; recreational visits to the roof are not necessary. Don't go up on the roof to enjoy the view, watch the sunset, or smoke.
Lastly, if you have to go up on the roof, do everything you have ever wanted to do on the roof so that it takes a long time before you have to be back on the roof. Don't climb the roof today to clean it, tomorrow to inspect it for damages, and another day to fix the damages. Do all of those things in one visit if possible.
Wear the Right Shoes
The right shoes will distribute your weight evenly to reduce the pressure your weight exerts per unit area. Wearing heeled boots, for example, is not a good idea because the heels might damage the roof. Also, the shoes should not have spikes that may dig into the roofing material and cause damage. Lastly, the soles of your shoes should be clean; debris such as pebbles stuck on the soles can damage the roof.
Don't Stand On One Leg
Ensure that both of your legs are always in contact with the roof. If you have two feet on the roof, your weight is distributed to both feet (hence a larger surface area). If you stand on one foot, all your weight acts on that point and increases the risk of damage.
Always rely on professional roofing contractors for roof repairs and inspections, particularly for tasks that require walking on the roof. If the damage is already done, contact a roofing contractor to fix it before the damage spreads.