Roofing two story house

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Old 08-07-12, 10:42 AM
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Roofing two story house

Hello and good day to all.

Any suggestions for how to safely work
on this second story roof?
I would like to use metal roofing.
The roof has an extra wide soffet.
Is there some kind of guardrail
or something sturdy enough to walk on
that I can maybe somehow attach to the walls of the house?
 
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Old 08-07-12, 10:54 AM
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OK, I have to ask - you want to know how to safely be on your roof in order to install a new one, so you haven't ever reroofed a house previously let alone with a metal roofing system?
 
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Old 08-07-12, 12:17 PM
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Agreed.

First story roofs are not a problem for me.
I am not afraid of heights. I have been all over this second story roof dozens
of times patching leaks, cleaning gutters, television antenna repairs etc..
I am looking for suggestions for some kind of guard railing maybe.
Or is there some kind of scaffolding that will attach to the side of the house.
Sure, I have shingled a single story roof. Is that what you are asking for?
What other information do you require?
I can give the measurement of the soffet.
 
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Old 08-07-12, 12:38 PM
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Ok, so you're looking for something separate from the roof, like a scaffolding, as opposed to the braces which get nailed into the structure under the roof (rafters, trusses) so you can keep a 2x piece of lumber in place as a step (with a metal roof, I can see this clearly being a yes)?

But you want something more secure than a scaffolding with the idea someone might come sliding down the metal slide so you want it secured to the house?

Am I catching on?
 
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Old 08-07-12, 01:02 PM
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Yes thank you for kind reply.

I'm thinking that professional roofers must use something similar
when doing the higher roofs, but I don't know for sure.

I think that I could probably make some braces out of 2 by lumber
that I could lag bolt to the house. Then attach a guard rail to the braces.
Something sturdy enough to successfully break a fall as you say.

I was hoping maybe there was something already on the market.
Perhaps metal brackets that roofers might know of.

I do have pump jack scaffolding that I could use on one side
of the house. But the other three sides have single story additions jutting out.
Maybe if I just get some extra pump jack braces, I could cut shorter poles
that would sit on the roofs of the additions. Then I could attach guard rails
the the pump jack poles.
Might work.
 
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Old 08-07-12, 05:46 PM
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I used ridge brackets with cable eyes, rope, carabiners and fall protection harness. Mostly it is a matter of balance. Sure it is better to not fall, but walking on the screw heads makes it pretty easy for those who do roofing I don't like it. Too old, fat and smart to do it much nowadays.
 
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Thank you much chandler.
The harness is excellent idea.
 
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