Does That Roofer Look Hot to You?

How Lindholm Roofing Employee's feel about extreme heat and warning signs for Heat Exhuastion or Heat Stroke.

Years ago when I was working for Lindholm Roofing on a tall roof in Oak Park some young women saw that I was looking hot and actually whistled at me!  At least that’s what I told my wife. When it’s 95 degrees outside every roofer looks hot. Roof temperatures can be anywhere from 5 to 20 degrees warmer than the temperature on the ground. How do Lindholm roofers stand it in the heat?  Well, after years of working in the heat one gets acclimated to some degree. Most people experience this in the reverse when winter arrives, we pile on the coats, but by spring the same temperature has us feeling comfy in a sweater. After years of working in the heat and putting my hands on hot shingles, I can now hold pots that I used to need a pot holder for. But high temps are dangerous, all the more so if a non-experienced roofer is trying to prove he can ‘take it’. Smart crews work the shady side of the roof, start early, quit in the hottest part of the day and finish in the evening to escape the worst of it. Hydration, hydration, hydration, are the three biggest rules when keeping one’s personal real estate healthy. Alternating water with an electrolyte replacement drink makes a world of difference. Passing out the liquids beats passing out on the roof. Heat can even kill.  It is vital to know the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Elevated body temperature, flushed skin, and not sweating are all signs of heat stroke. Call 911 and get the person to a cool place till help arrives.  It’s always nice to show love to your roofer, but in this heat a bottle of water is better than a whistle.

Lindholm Roofing takes extra safety precautions when it comes to extreme heat or freezing temperatures. Make sure you contact a licensed professional to help you with your roofing, siding, masonry, or gutter needs.

Created By John Norman


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