CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Many areas within the Coastal Bend have been experiencing constant triple digit temperatures, and whereas temperatures have Corpus Christi, and different coastal cities, haven’t been fairly that top, the South Texas warmth isn’t any joke.
A gaggle that is aware of in regards to the warmth in the summertime too effectively: roofers.
“We’re out right here daily on somebody’s roof,” mentioned Scott Ricks, the proprietor of Bayfront Roofing and Building.
“On high of the roof, there’s not a lot shade, so there’s plenty of direct sunshine there.”
Roofers spend the entire time out within the solar and the warmth throughout a job. Ricks stresses security for his staff, and makes positive they take breaks in the course of the day.
“It’s onerous work, so we promote taking frequent breaks, no less than as soon as an hour get down and out of the solar,” he mentioned.
“There’s no higher answer than ensuring you’re ingesting sufficient water, hydration is extraordinarily essential this time of 12 months.”
Whereas it could appear counterintuitive, many roofers put on lengthy sleeves, and canopy their neck and face, to maintain themselves cool.
“You place the lengthy sleeves on and also you may really feel just a little extra scorching, or it’s just a little extra uncomfortable since you’re sweating beneath it,” Ricks mentioned. “However, you’re defending your pores and skin from the solar, and that solar baking down in your pores and skin is absolutely what’s going to get you all through the day.”
Along with being within the solar and warmth, roofers want to fret in regards to the warmth of the roof itself.
“Both approach it’s going to be dangerous,” Ricks mentioned. “If it’s a reflective floor, then you’ve got the reflection of that warmth. If it’s a darkish roof, then it’s absorbing the warmth, so if you contact it, you’re getting that warmth.”
Ricks mentioned even on an overcast day, the crews don’t get a lot reduction from the warmth.
“100 levels outdoors is scorching regardless,” he mentioned.