FREMONT — Whether to hang Christmas lights, wash upper-story windows or retrieve a wayward ball lost by the neighborhood kids, it’s inevitable that you’ll need to get up on your roof at some point. Naturally, safety should be your main priority when walking on your roof, but if you have a tile roof, there’s an additional concern to consider.

Due to the fragile nature of roofing tiles, if you aren’t careful, you can easily damage your roof while walking on it. To avoid this, you’ll need to employ the right technique. When you step on a roofing tile, you should step on the bottom part where it overlaps with another tile. Since this area of the tile has additional support from the underlying tile it overlaps, it’s less likely to break when you step on it. By sticking to this technique, you’ll minimize the chances of accidental damage when walking on your tile roof.