WHETHER YOU’RE AN experienced roofer or more recently qualified, you’ll understand how important it is to protect your hands at work. As a roofer there are various different hazards which can potentially harm or irritate your hands on a daily basis. Therefore, investing in a decent pair of work gloves is essential. After all, your hands are your craft!
Deciding which pair of gloves are right for the job, however, can be a minefield. There are plenty of different types of gloves out there. But deciding which pair of work gloves is right for you will depend on what level of protection you require, and what you’d like to protect your hands from.
Most popular work gloves
Let’s take a look at the most popular work gloves for roofers, and explain which might be most suitable for you.
PU coated/grip gloves
Designed to give you optimal grip on the job, grip gloves are the most popular option for roofers. They keep your skin protected when handling rough and abrasive materials. They also allow you optimum amount of grip when handling tiles.
PU Coated, Latex Coated or Nitrile coated are three of the most popular types of grip gloves on the market. The reverse side of the glove tends to be made from a knitted material which is breathable. This prevents your hands from getting too warm whilst working.
Working outside with your hands in the winter months can be tough. But finding the perfect winter work gloves can be even harder! Thermal gloves are a popular choice with many roofers looking for a way to stop their hands going numb from the cold. These are usually designed with an acrylic lining which protects hands from plummeting temperatures all day long.
We’d recommend looking for thermal gloves which still have a PU coating or some sort of grip surface. Otherwise, they may become more of a hindrance than a help.
Water resistant gloves
Another thing to consider in the winter months – and potentially all year round in England – is working in wet weather. Getting wet can this make your hands get colder quicker. It can also hinder your ability to safely grip surfaces, tools or tiles.
Water resistant gloves are usually designed to be fully coated, which means they have unrivalled levels of grip.
Wearing any style of work glove is a great step in protecting your hands from general cuts and scrapes that your hands can be prone to while on the job. However, cut-resistant gloves are a great choice for when you’re using any machinery or tools.
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As you can see, there is a great choice of work gloves available. Which style you decide on largely depends on your individual needs.
We’d advise buying a pair of PU Coated Grip gloves as a year-round option. It’s also worth considering either an additional thermal or water resistant pair for the winter months.