Safely walking on a cedar shake roof - September 18th 2000



Question from: Bob
Surrey, BC

Dear Shell,

I have a four year-old house with a cedar shake roof. In order to paint some of the trim of the house I have to get on the roof. My question is will I risk damaging the roof by doing this?

Thanks, Bob

Dear Bob,

It is not a good idea to walk on a cedar roof but at times it becomes necessary because of trim board locations. Always walk on the butt (lower portion) where they overlay the lower row of shakes. Rest the whole sole of your foot not just your toes or your heels. Be careful wet cedar is slippery!!

Itís just that easy.

Shell Busey