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Tackling the warmer months on site: “It’s the finer details that can make or break your day”

With summer on the horizon, the team at workwear specialist Carhartt say it’s time for roofing contractors to weave cool comfort into their workwear without sidelining safety.

There is nothing worse than a hot day on site in the wrong clothes. As the weather heats up, roofing contractors face the dual challenge of staying cool but still protected from job-related hazards like dust, abrasions and injuries. It’s essential to dress in a way that allows for breathability and movement, but also provides a safeguard against the myriad of risks present on a roofing site. The key is in selecting the right materials, styles and safety gear that will serve as a contractor’s first line of defence.

Cotton is the ideal summer fabric due to its natural breathability, comfort and durability. Cotton’s natural fibres allow air to circulate and moisture to evaporate efficiently, crucial for tradespeople who engage in physically demanding work, as it helps to prevent overheating and maintains body comfort. Additionally, cotton is soft and less likely to cause skin irritation, even after sweating, making it ideal for those with sensitive skin or who spend extensive hours in their workwear.

Cotton’s durability is another significant factor; it can withstand the rigours of daily wear and tear, frequent washing and the rough conditions of the roofing trade. This resilience makes cotton garments a practical and economical choice for tradespeople, ensuring that their workwear remains in good condition over time. Cotton also offers some protection against scratches and abrasions, providing a layer of safety to skin that might be exposed to hazards on the job site.

Long-sleeved protection
While short-sleeved t-shirts might seem like the go-to for staying cool, long sleeves offer that crucial shield from the sun’s UV rays. Any T-shirt that incorporates Carhartt’s Force technology steps up the game. It isn’t just a fabric, but a suite of benefits designed to keep you cool, wick away sweat rapidly and offer a refreshing feel against the skin. Both the short and long-sleeved Carhartt Force Pocket T-Shirts fit the bill for summer workwear, made from a midweight cotton jersey that’s adept at moisture management and quick drying. These tees enhance airflow with mesh side panels for those sweltering days on the job and are shaped for freedom of movement. As they include FastDry technology and antimicrobial properties, they stay comfortable and odour-free, no matter how high the temperatures soar.

Shorts: pocket the benefits
When it comes to lower body wear, shorts offer less protection and practicality than trousers but are often the cooler option. A compromise can be found in workwear shorts made with plenty of pockets, reinforced stitching and from sturdy materials like ripstop nylon, which is lightweight yet resistant to tearing and abrasions. The Carhartt Force Ripstop Work Shorts are lightweight but also incorporate a Stretch Ripstop fabric, Rugged Flex technology and a Comfortflex waistband that moves with you, making them perfect for bending, stretching, couching and climbing. They have loads of pockets too – front ledge pockets, a discreet fifth pocket within the right front pocket, a zippered security pocket on the left leg, and a dedicated mobile phone pocket on the right.

Eyes on protection
It might be wonderful to see the sun again after months of grey sky, but it means you need to protect your eyes not just from dust and debris, but also from sun and sweat. Polycarbonate safety glasses are ideal. Polycarbonate is significantly more impact-resistant than glass or other types of plastic lenses offering superior protection against high-speed particles, flying debris and accidental impacts that are common on construction sites. Despite their strength, polycarbonate lenses are lightweight so can be worn for hours without discomfort and, importantly for summer, polycarbonate material naturally blocks almost 100% of UV rays without the need for additional coatings – although polycarbonate lenses can be treated with various coatings such as anti-scratch, anti-fog and anti-reflective coatings. Carhartt has a range of lightweight and durable protective safety glasses with polycarbonate and frames that are almost unbreakable and come in a variety of lens colours to suit the job.

In gearing up for the warmer months, it’s the finer details that can make or break your day. Take socks, for instance: the right pair will transform your feet from clammy to cool. Carhartt’s sock selection is designed to conquer the heat, featuring moisture-wicking fabrics, odour-fighting technology and arch support for enduring comfort. The Carhartt Force Midweight Logo Short Crew Socks offer advanced moisture management and quick-drying capabilities to keep your feet at ease. Then there’s the necessity of a good cap — not just for style, but to shield your eyes from the sun and keep sweat at bay. Carhartt’s Canvas Mesh Back Cap, available in an array of bright colours for increased visibility, incorporates the Force sweatband that’s adept at wicking away sweat and fending off bacteria, ensuring you remain focused and fresh throughout the day.

Summer roofing attire should be a balance between comfort, coolness and protection. The market offers numerous innovations in workwear that cater to these needs. With the right clothing, roofing professionals can protect themselves from the heat and the hazards of the job while staying productive, cool and safe.


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