Improved Ladder Hooks for Roofing
Why do you need improved ladder hooks for roofing? A roofer's day is long and demanding; you're a roofer and there's one more job to finish before you can go home. But you're dreading this one because you already know the roof has a dramatic pitch — a 10:12 or 12:12. This one harkens back to earlier times. Your day just got harder. If only you had a quicker, safer and less physically demanding way to get on that roof than the same old ladder hooks.
We're going to give professional roofers and DIYers a boost and show you a way to make a tough roofing job a little easier. Ladder hooks for a roof ridge can be found at many hardware stores and online, but you may want to hold off on that purchase until you've read about The RidgePro™.
Traditional Ladder Hooks for Roofing Come up Short
Being a roofer can be exhausting, and poor tools only make it harder. Take ladder hooks for roofing as a prime example. A ladder hook, if you aren't a professional roofer, is a flattened metal hook in the shape of a soup ladle on the front side with a wheel about 2/3 the way up and an arching top that descends to an angled hook on the opposite. This is attached to a ladder at the top two rungs with the wheel down to roll up the roof.
Doesn't sound so difficult yet, right?
You must use another ladder to climb up to roof level — taking the extension ladder and hooks with you — and hoist that heavy ladder onto the roof. Next, push-roll the ladder to the roof's ridge or peak, flip it over so the opposite side with the angled hook goes over the ridge, then tug on the ladder to take up the slack.
How are you feeling about that ladder hook now?
A New Roof Ladder Hook is Needed
If necessity is the mother of invention, then it was inevitable someone would come up with a better way. That innovation and the American spirit birthed a new concept in ladder hooks for your roof. But why did a new one need inventing? Here's why:
- Safety: Roof hooks for ladders have been around for a long time, but they aren't the best way to stay safe on a roof. The hooks can slide, the ladder lying on the roof is a tripping hazard, and you can fall off your original ladder or pull muscles tossing the hooked ladder onto the roof.
- Cumbersome: You may be a "Seven Mary Three" fan but probably not a fan of hauling a heavy ladder up another one, lifting it onto the roof only to have to roll it, flip it and tug it once it's in place. And that's after attaching the hook to your ladder in the first place.
- Roof Pitch Errors: Often, these roof hooks for ladders aren't adjustable and certainly aren't pitch-specific. Without the right pitch, the ladder ridge hook may not hold the roofline firmly, leading to possible injury or worse if it lets go.
Ladder Roof Hooks Made Better
What if there was a roofing ladder hook that could help prevent accidents rather than cause them? What if it could match the roof pitch with precision and securely hold both sides of the ridge slope? There are many more "what-ifs," but instead of dreaming of a new design, it's already here: The RidgePro.
Let's ask the what-ifs and see what the new RidgePro can do for you:
Can The RidgePro Help Prevent Accidents? YES!
- With rope and harness utilization, you are secure as soon as you hook on. It serves as a safety anchor attached to a rope for all-day work.
- With pitch-specific customization, matching the ladder hooks for the roof ridge means a secure double-sloped fit.
Simplified assembly means fewer minor injuries happen before getting onto the roof.
- There are no bulky ladders to climb over and trip or fall.
Can the RidgePro Adjust to My Roof's Pitch? YES!
- Once you check your roof's pitch with a pitch and slope locator, match that with the pitch slopes clearly marked on The RidgePro Slope Grid, and a quick adjustment has you locked in. The vast majority of roof pitches are covered.
- The RidgePro will match the slopes on both sides of the peak for a snug fit. (Be sure when going up a steep roof slope to hold the lanyard below peak level to avoid lifting the device out of its seated position before screws are in place.)
- The steeper your roof's slope pitch, the more valuable the right roof ladder hook becomes. You don't want to be caught at those angles without it.
Is The RidgePro Simple to Use? YES!
Once you've screwed in the aluminum extension pole and locked it with the pin, attach the lanyard to your harness and clip the lifeline to The RIDGEPRO shackle. Then:
- Put your ladder in place and hang The RidgePro from the gutter next to the ladder or on the ladder itself.
- Climb until your beltline is on a level with The RidgePro.
- Place The RidgePro on the roof, wheel down, and push it up to and over the peak using the extension pole.
- A firm tug on the lanyard locks it into place. It's that easy.
- Go onto the roof using the lanyard slide lock to control the length and slowly take up the slack.
- Now, mount a safety clip to The RidgePro or screw into the roof four 3/8" screws for longer jobs. You can use it as an anchor tie-off for all-day work.
- Uninstall is the reverse, but if you drilled in the screws, be sure to fill the holes with silicone sealant. This is standard industry procedure.
And that's it. No building a roof ladder hook kit, no carrying a second ladder and hoisting it up there, no trying to weave your way around ladder rungs on the roof and no damaging the surface of the roof when using the sponge rubber pads. Take a look at this short video to watch The RidgePro in action!
Roof Hooks for Ladders: Homeowner's Edition
Not everyone's a roofing professional; regular homeowners need to get up on the roof sometimes, too. And they don't often have multiple extension roof ladders and hooks or other roofing-specific tools. But a great roof hook from RidgePro is all you need. These hooks are portable and lightweight, easy to use and can save you heartache and suffering from injuries sustained from a fall.
Our Mission Inspired the Best Roof Hooks
We don't just manufacture great roofing hooks; RidgePro promotes ladder to ladder safety, and our mission is to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities that occur in steep-slope roofing. Roofing hooks are a critical tool to have — especially when they're designed to be safer and easier to use for anyone. Check out everything The RidgePro roofing safety systems have to offer and learn why we make the very best roof hooks in the business.