Do your guys have problems with slipping on roofs covered with ice and packed snow? Up until now there products that might help prevent slips and falls are either ineffective or use sharp spikes. But now there's an answer.
We are receiving a growing number of Yaktrax orders from roofing companies. Evidently Yaktrax are showing up at roofing exhibits at trade shows. Many roofing companies now routinely buy Yaktrax along with their other roofing supplies. Here's why...
Yaktrax use a system of coils for traction...like tire chains for your shoes...that don't use sharp points or edges and won't damage most floors. So Yaktrax won't damage roofs either.
Yaktrax are lightweight. The largest size weighs only 5.5 oz so they won't add any noticeable weight to your shoes.
Yaktrax are easy to put on. It only takes a few seconds. And the best part is that once they're on you just walk and move around like you always do. There's nothing new to learn, no special tricks to forget.
Most roofers order the Yaktrax Walker which we sell for $17.95 . Generally speaking the Yaktrax Walker is best suited for routine winter activities like walking across icy parking lots, walking the dog or trips to the mail box.
The Yaktrax Pro is the model that we generally sell for outside work. They're constructed of stronger materials using thicker rubber tubes and thicker coils. I think the other good thing about the Pro is that it uses a support strap which helps to keep them in place. Since roofers are kneeling most the time that might be a helpful feature. I think that the thicker tubes would wear better because of the constant rubbing on the toe. But the Pro is
My roofing customers' reasoning has been that the guys will probably loose them long before they wear out. Now just to clarify that statement both the Walker and the Pro will stay on your shoes, no problem. The straps have a memory and never stretch out of shape and always stay snug. My customers tell me they think the guys will simply misplace them. And I've never been a roofer and you would have to make that judgment call.
Don't let your people wear them when they are climbing the ladder! While Yaktrax give you rock solid traction on ice and packed snow Yaktrax cautions you not to wear them on flat smooth dry or wet surfaces like marble floors. Well, aluminum ladder rungs are smooth and dry or wet. So I would have them put them on when they get to the roof and take them off before climbing down the ladder. Yaktrax only take a few seconds put on your shoes.
We are talking about using Yaktrax on Flat Roofs Only! I'm not about to recommend any product for an icy sloped roof.
Visit Korkers.com. I know they sell footwear that's specifically designed for roofers. I'm not endorsing how well they work because I've never tried them. But they have what you're looking for. You can also visit my website SlipResistant.net where I specialize in slip resistant shoe attachments. You'll find shoe attachments with a defined heel which will making climbing a ladder safe. But there's nothing specifically designed for roofers.
Buying Yaktrax is probably one of the cheapest lost time accident prevention programs you can put into place. You may even get a break on your insurance.
We have volume pricing and we will meet or beat our competitors deals. We have free ground shipping. We even pay the tax where it applies.