Why Roofers Need To Wear A Hat

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As a roofer, you know your job is tough and demanding. Working at heights, dealing with unpredictable weather, and handling heavy materials are just a few daily challenges you face. But have you ever considered the importance of wearing a hat on the job?

This article discusses why wearing a hat, specifically hard hats, and hearing protection, is crucial for your safety and well-being. A hat can protect you from the sun’s harmful rays and help prevent head injuries and other potential risks that come with being a roofer.

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Hats keep you safe from the sun while working all day in the blistering heat.

We’ll also give you practical tips and advice on how to navigate safety guidelines and regulations when it comes to head protection. From the differences between embroidered and hard hats to the benefits of branding your roofing company with custom caps, you’ll learn how to choose the right hat for your needs.

So, let’s dive in and find out why protecting your head should be a top priority as you work to create safe and sturdy roofs for your clients.

Sun Protection Importance

As a roofer, you’re already aware of the importance of sun protection, but it’s crucial to emphasize the need for a hat that provides adequate coverage from harmful UV rays while working on the job site.

Skin cancer prevention is a major factor to consider, as well as the long-term effects of prolonged sun exposure on your overall health. To ensure you’re properly protected, look for wide-brimmed hats or caps with neck flaps that offer maximum coverage, and opt for breathable materials to keep you cool during hot summer days.

Furthermore, investing in a high-quality hat helps prevent skin cancer and improves your comfort and safety while working. Long-term effects of sun exposure can be mitigated by choosing hats made from breathable materials that wick away sweat and keep your head cool.

Remember, as a roofer, your safety and health should always be a top priority, so take the time to find a hat that will provide the sun protection you need while working on the job site.

Embroidered Hats vs. Hard Hats

When deciding between embroidered hats and hard hats, it’s essential to consider both style and safety for you and your team.

Embroidered hats offer various styles, allowing you to showcase your company’s logo and build brand recognition. They can also provide some sun protection, although not as much as a wide-brimmed hat or a cap with a neck flap.

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Hard hats come in many different colors and add a sticker for company branding.

On the other hand, hard hats offer more significant safety benefits, protecting your head from falling objects and potential impacts. They are also required by workplace regulations in certain situations, so it’s essential to be aware of the specific safety requirements for your job site.

When comparing the two options, consider price and ventilation features. While embroidered hats may be less expensive, hard hats provide a higher level of protection and may be required for compliance with safety regulations. Additionally, some hard hats offer ventilation features that help keep you cool on hot days, making them a more comfortable option for long work hours.

Ultimately, it’s essential to weigh the benefits of style and branding against the need for safety and compliance with workplace regulations when making your decision.

Comfort and Durability of Embroidered Hats

You deserve comfort and durability in your embroidered hats, ensuring you feel confident and professional while working long hours on the job site. When choosing embroidered hat materials, consider breathable, lightweight, and moisture-wicking options to keep you cool and dry.

Look for hat customization options that allow you to display your company logo or personal design, reflecting your commitment to quality and craftsmanship. Remember hat sizing tips, such as measuring your head circumference and checking the manufacturer’s sizing chart, to ensure a secure fit throughout the day.

Proper hat care and maintenance will prolong the life of your embroidered hat and keep it looking its best. Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for washing and drying, including hand washing, spot cleaning, or gentle machine washing. Consider investing in hat accessories, such as a protective case or hat shaper, to maintain the structure and form of your hat while not in use.

By prioritizing comfort, durability, and personalization, your embroidered hat will be a stylish and functional addition to your roofing attire.

UV protected bucket cap
Roofers choice while up on a hot roof during the Northwest summers.

Embroidered Caps can block the sun.

Sporting an embroidered cap while working on a roofing project can shield your eyes and face from the sun’s harmful rays. This makes it easier for you to focus on the task and stay safe.

Stylish protection is essential for roofers who want to look good while ensuring their health and safety on the job site. Custom designs on your embroidered cap can promote your company and add a personal touch that sets you apart from your competitors.

Breathable materials in your embroidered cap keep you cool and comfortable during those long, hot days on the roof. Look for caps with neck flap options for additional sun protection, shielding the back of your neck from harmful UV rays.

Don’t worry about finding the perfect fit; many embroidered caps are designed as one-size-fits-all, making it simple for you and your team to stay protected and stylish on the job.

Branding your roofing company with custom caps

In today’s competitive market, it’s crucial to stand out, and branding your roofing company with custom caps can significantly impact potential clients.

Promoting professionalism through high-quality, custom-designed caps displays your company’s commitment to excellence and provides marketing benefits as your team becomes walking advertisements for your business.

Custom caps can also boost employee morale and foster team unity, as workers feel a sense of pride in representing their company.

Investing in stylish and functional custom caps is a smart way to showcase your brand while protecting your team from the sun and other potential hazards.

Ultimately, it’s a win-win for both your business and your employees.

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So, don’t underestimate the importance of wearing a hat on the job site. Not only do they provide essential sun protection, but they also offer added safety with hard hats or comfort and branding with embroidered caps.

Remember, it’s not just about looking good – it’s about protecting yourself and maintaining a safe working environment. By investing in proper headwear, you’re taking a vital step in ensuring your well-being and the success of your roofing business.

If you’re interested in purchasing UV caps from the Port Authority collection, Northwest Custom Apparel is here to help. You can easily place an order by reaching out to us at 253-922-5793.

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Ruth Nhoung is our Production Manager and Northwest Custom Apparel is lucky to have her. Thanks to her vast knowledge of machine embroidery and dedication to creating a comfortable and supportive work environment, the production plant runs smoothly and customers are pleased with our work. She is a loving mother and grandmother and enjoys spending quality time with her siblings. She says, “I love everything about Northwest Custom Apparel: the people, the atmosphere, the work, and the customers. I love what I do and I embrace all of NWCA’s core values”.


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Taylar Hanson is a highly acclaimed Saleswoman at Northwest Custom Apparel. She has a BA in Apparel, Merchandising, Design, and Textiles from Washington State University. “Go Cougs!” The best part of Taylar’s job is getting to work with longtime customers who trust us to do the best work and take care of their needs. She is passionate about appreciating nature, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.


Nika Lao


Nika Lao is very knowledgeable in how the business is ran because she began as an Embroidery Machine Operator and has worked hard to become the excellent and personable saleswoman she is today. She enjoys the stress-free environment and the many chances to connect with her co-workers over potlucks, BBQs, and bowling parties. Nika is a proud sister of two highly successful brothers and can boast mastering three languages herself: Khmer, Thai, and English. She is an avid camper, enjoys going to farmer markets, and loves cooking.


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Bradley Wright has been a vital team member of NWCA since 2017. As our accountant and knower-of-all-things, Bradley is proud to work closely with his wonderful colleagues. He studied at the University of Washington. These days he dedicates his free time to his new house.


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DTG Operator

Dominic Nguyen recently joined our Direct-To-Garment department. He says he loves the family work environment at Northwest Custom Apparel. In his free time, Dom likes to listen to music, hangout with friends, and play video games. He comes from a very big family which can be very chaotic at times, but is always exciting.


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Brian Beardsley has been with Northwest Custom Apparel since 2018. He is our DTG Supervisor. Brian loves that he gets to work with high-tech machines in a fun atmosphere. He has a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design. He said, “I always wanted to create visually interesting assets in a variety of mediums”. In his free time, he enjoys building and painting models, playing video games, designing, and playing his guitar.


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UT Tri Tran loves Northwest Custom Apparel so much that, although she has already retired after a long career in machine embroidery operations, she is happy to return part time. She says, “I love the family style work environment and how everyone shares food, laughter, and fun on a regular basis.” In her free time she is dedicated to living a healthy and peaceful lifestyle with her friends and family.



Embroidery Machine Operator

BunsereytheavyHoeu, who goes by Theavy, won our Operator of the Year in 2021. She takes on many roles in the production team. She says, “These are not my co-workers, these are my family! I cherish all the memories we make together”. When she goes home to be with her family, she makes the most of her time with them by holding family get-togethers and even karaoke competitions.


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SreynaiMeang is a hard-working Machine Operator. She is most passionate about helping people. Sreynai, who goes by Nai, likes to exercise in her free time and talk with her family in Cambodia.


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Embroidery Machine Operator

Kanha Chhorn has been an Embroidery Operator with Northwest Custom Apparel since 2018. She is delightful and always makes everyone smile and laugh. Kanha takes on additional tasks that allow us to exceed our customers’ expectations. In her free time, she can be found at her local temple or spending quality time with her family and friends.


Savy Som

Embroidery Machine Operator

SavySom is one of our Machine Operators who is passionate about embroidery and sewing. She enjoys working at NWCA because of its flexibility. She has two teenage sons and loves spending time with her family on the weekends.



Embroidery Machine Operator

SorphornSorm has been a Machine Operator since 2011. One of her four sisters works here as well. Her other relatives are in Cambodia. In her free time, Sorphorn studies English, listens to music, and enjoys exercising.


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Jim Mickelson, after a successful career with a major oil company, founded Northwest Embroidery in 1977. This was the first commercial embroidery in the Pacific Northwest. Over the years, Jim has become the guru of embroidery never refusing to answer a question or offer advice to his fellow embroiders. Jim and his wife Leeanna raised four wonderful children who went on to successful business careers.

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