Ladder Roof Hook

Get A Grip (And Don't Fall!) -- Roof Hook Ladders

Ladder Roof Hook

If you are a homeowner who will be working on your roof, one essential piece of equipment that you will need to have is a roof hook ladder. These are specially-designed ladders -- designed to keep you from falling when you are working on a steep house roof. How is that done? Well, traditionally room ladders were made completely from wood -- and they had a large wooden section on the underneath side at the top which hooked over the ridge at the top of the roof.

Newer hook ladders have eliminated the wooden piece at the end, and replaced it with metal hooks -- shaped like a letter "U," they will securely grip and hold the ladder in place as you climb up and down while inspecting or repairing your house roof.

When purchasing a roof hook ladder, you may notice that they are not quite as heavy as traditional ladders. That's because they don't need to be: when you are using a roof hook ladder your weight will not be suspended in the air, the entire length of the ladder, and your weight as well, is supported by your roof. For this reason, it is extremely unwise to try to use a roof hook ladder as you would any other type of ladder -- it may not be designed for supporting your weight by itself, and may give way on you.

Of course one of the critical components of any roof hook ladder is the metal hooks at the top end. They must be constructed on very sturdy, unbendable material, because if they give way your ladder -- and you on it! -- is going to slide right off your roof. Make sure to periodically inspect the hooks and these sections where they may be welded or attached to the frame of your ladder for any damage or metal fatigue.

Keep in mind that roof hook ladders will not only provide secure footing for you while you work, but you can also use an additional roof hook ladder to store your tools and other materials and supplies. I say use an additional roof hook ladder because you do not want to store your tools and materials on the same ladder that you will be walking up and down on -- you may trip and fall. Having a second roof hook ladder is also handy when you need to shift your work area a bit, just move the other ladder into position, then yourself. (If you want to secure your tools and materials, you will need a third roof hook ladder).

A couple of important safety tips: when using your roof hook ladder, make sure to keep the rungs clean -- is very easy to track grass and mud into them -- and when the wrongs become coated, they become slippery, and you can lose your footing. In addition, if you track dirt and mud onto the treads of your roof hook ladder, this stuff can get onto your roof as well. So try to keep your feet clean -- before you go up on the lower extension ladder, make sure you have cleaned your feet thoroughly!