Metal Roofing Shoes

Metal Roofing Shoes

These shoes would allow workers to walk safely on roofs that are 2 times steeper than your average roof. Roofs that are on a 4/12 pitch or less, can be walked upon easily by experienced roofers as long as the roof is dry, and free of oil, dust and pollen. Metal roofs that are above a 4/12 pitch need to be walked on with roofing shoes for the safety of the installers. This would assuredly cut down on slips and falls, which in turn helps keep down insurance costs and premiums. Safety for workers on the ground would be a major benefit which I will try to cover in a follow up hub. In my opinion roofing laborers are not adequately protected by employers or OSHA. I believe that strictly enforcing a simple rule of using proper equipment for the task at hand would benefit consumers, employers, and roofing laborers. Although this seems like an added expense or hassle, these shoes can save both life and limb which neither can be replaced after the fact.
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Metal Roofing Shoes

For the purpose of this Hub, I will be explaining why I think metal roofing shoes should be an OSHA requirement for installers. In the past metal roofs were not considered as traditional roofing but this has really changed over the last few years. With all the benefits that come along with this type of roofing it is really no big surprise that their popularity across the country has risen to new heights. As with any new product that has become popular in the buildiing industry, there are always new risks. So that opens the doors to creating ways to minimize those risk, for example speciality tools, shoes or clothing.
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Metal Roofing Shoes

My father kept a pair of Converse All-Star high top canvas basketball shoes for roofing. (“Chuck Taylor’s”, to us younger guys). He never wore “gym shoes” in his life, except for roofing. Swore they were the best for roofing traction and not leaving footprints on hot shingles.
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Metal Roofing Shoes

As you can see with the pictures in the above slide-show, that installing this type of roofing without the proper shoes could be perilous. There are more and more types of metal roofs available today and with their increasing popularity this safety issue needs to be addressed. These new materials seem to be causing more accidents and it seems that something as simple as the right shoes could remedy the situation. A little common sense is really all it takes. One of the reasons for the increased popularity is the tax credit available for adding a metal roof. The tax credit is for Energy Star compliant products and allows you to claim 30% of the cost of the products up to a maximum of $1500. To qualify it must also be your primary residence. Unfortunately new construction and rental properties do not qualify. Although there are many restrictions in place in the construction industry, these restrictions or safety requirements always need to be revised and updated. With all the incentives to make the switch to metal, the sales and work is increasing rapidly, but when the numbers are tallied, I think the accident rate could be exponential. I really hope this changes but currently there are not any requirements for installers to wear the proper shoes.
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Metal Roofing Shoes

Are you looking for a boot that can grip steel roofs? Our new SteelWalker boot does precisely that. These powerful magnetic roofing boots provide unsurpassed traction and stability on steel surfaces. With the increasing popularity of steel roofs you need the proper boots for working on steel roofs. This is where our new SteelWalker boot comes into play. This magnetic roofing shoe provides an additional layer of safety when navigating steel roofs. The leather and nylon upper results in a durable construction that still remains breathable. The end result is a comfortable and reliable addition to managing steel roofs. Our SteelWalker boot does not make use of our replacement soles like our other roofing boots. Instead, they come with specialty magnets that are carefully sealed into its durable rubber sole. Now oil or slippery steel surfaces are no longer an issue with our SteelWalker boot. This product is intended for use on steel, not aluminum. Available in sizes 7-13. View the Size Chart
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Metal Roofing Shoes

With the increase in sales of metal roofs comes the increase of contractors/roofers installing them. This has brought about changes in the roofing business which may not have really been addressed yet, like the safety of walking them while installing or making repairs. For most roofs walking on the metal does not pose a problem for experienced roofers but with steeper pitches on the roof, it becomes more difficult even for the most experienced roofers. Having the proper safety equipment sometimes goes further than just tools. It can also include clothing, hats, belts and yes even speciality shoes. Safety should always be a priority.
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Metal Roofing Shoes

Quote: Originally Posted by PetulantToiler still fairly new to this business. i’ve been asking around for a while now and can’t find a good roof shoe. i know it all depends on the person wearing it, but i was wondering if you have any suggestions i might not have heard of. i have yet to buy into the whole cougarpaws phenom. some have told me that all they do is provide a false sense of security. others have told me to check into merrell or columbia hiking shoes. so i guess what i’m asking is, what do you prefer to wear when you’re on a 7/12+ roof and why? Try cougarpaws.com they have the best roofing shoe i’ve found. However make sure you hold to the safty regulations given with your shoes.
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In my opinion roofing laborers are not adequately protected by employers or OSHA. I believe that strictly enforcing a simple rule of using proper equipment for the task at hand would benefit consumers, employers, and roofing laborers.
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Reduce your risk of falling at work when you wear slip-resistant overshoes by Roof Master Boot in built in Texas. We are experienced in providing anti-slip rubber footwear overshoes. These lightweight natural rubber overshoes fit over your existing shoes, *so you are able to walk on rooftops, endure steep inclines, and maneuver difficult slopes without slipping or sliding on steel, shingles, composites, or clay roofing.
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With all the benefits that come along with this type of roofing it is really no big surprise that their popularity across the country has risen to new heights. As with any new product that has become popular in the buildiing industry, there are always new risks. So that opens the doors to creating ways to minimize those risk, for example speciality tools, shoes or clothing.
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I went up on my roof this weekend to do some work on an antenna and clean chimneys. It’s the first time I’ve been up there since I replaced the hail damaged asphalt shingles with standing seam steel. I wore some basic cross-trainers, roof was dry, but cold – probably 35F. The lower roof (4/12) was ok, but I didn’t feel all that secure. On the upper roof (5/12) I didn’t feel very secure at all with regard to slipping and doubt I’ll go up there again unless I can find a better solution. I did some roofing and construction as a kid – working on roofs doesn’t spook me in general and these aren’t particularly steep. But I’ve never worked on a steel roof before. Will warmer weather or better shoes make a big difference? I don’t recall the crew putting the roof on having much trouble, though they got off in a hurry at the first hint of rain.
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I do a lot of industrial metal roofing in Dutch harbor Alaska which is relly wet. Working 12 to 14 hour a day 7 days a week . We use Xtratuf boots which stick really well as long as they are clean. And we work on pitches up to a 6/12. But use proper safety harnesses when required. They come in Insulated and un- insluated. You can find them at xtratufboots.com If you wear them day in and day out and its cold, get them 2 sizes bigger, and add a pair of wool or felt insoles, as well get a pair of Bama socks to control the persperation. But use a pair of regular socks or what ever under the bama socks which are just a booty sock. At the end of the day pull every thing out to let dry your bama sock will be soaked from sweat but yor sock under neath will be dry. And use a boot dryer. They are no longer made in the U.S. so if you find those they last the longest, the china tuffs are still good but dont last as long.
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Last roofer I hired took his shoes off when the shingles got hot and walked around in sock feet. He swore by it, but I dunno. I generally use my work boots, and switch to running shoes when the temp goes up. Like someone said, it has more to do with how you walk on asphalt shingles, avoid the edges, don’t twist. I put 8″ strips of 3/8 ply on the roof resting on the toe-boards when it is hot, this means I don’t have to watch ALL the guys ALL the time.