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Intense heat makes outdoor jobs at times unbearable

Bobby Beyette with Lockhart Roofing -- working on a roof repair at this customer's home in...
Bobby Beyette with Lockhart Roofing -- working on a roof repair at this customer's home in Flushing.(WJRT)
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 6:05 PM EDT
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FLUSHING, Mich. (WJRT) - Laying shingle after shingle, Bobby Beyette with Lockhart Roofing found himself sweating quite a bit on the rooftop of one customer’s home in Flushing Wednesday.

“It’s hot. It’s super hot, especially since we’re using black shingles so it’s like it’s reflecting even more than if you had a lighter shade shingle,” Beyette said.

Just how hot? The actual outdoor air temperature at the house when we were there read 87 degrees.

Rooftop temperatures can easily be another 5 to 20 degrees on top of that.

“The tools are so hot, when you touch it,you’re burning your hands. You got sweat pouring down your face so we have these rags you can put water on and put it around your head like a head band,” he said.

Beyette is among three other roofers; they act as a team -- watching out for one another. They know when enough is enough and it’s time for a break in the shade.

Heat exhaustion can settle in very quickly.

We wanted to know just how much water these guys drink. They’ve been there for 5 hours. Beyette tells me 8 bottles so far. At 16.9 fluid ounces per bottle, that’s 135.2 ounces, which is just under 17 cups of water -- and their day isn’t over.

“If it gets real hot, you want to make sure you are staying hydrated -- because you are up high. If you start getting lightheaded or something like that -- you can easily walk off the roof,” he said.

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