DIY home repairs can be a great money-saving way to fix your home. However, some types of home repairs are better left to professionals — such as roof repair. In today’s post, Roofmasters Roofing and Sheet Metal Company discuss the reasons why DIY roof repairs are not a good idea.
1. High risk of injuries. Most roofing tasks involve climbing the roof, which immediately increases the risk of fall injuries. Roofing professionals like us have the advantage of training and safety equipment to ensure our safety. We also have insurance coverage that helps cover medical costs, without affecting the homeowner’s own coverage.
2. Professional results are not guaranteed. We understand that non-professionals can learn roof repair on their own, thanks to various resources on the internet. However, it’s not a guarantee that the results will be the same, particularly when you’re working on complex systems like a roof. Using the wrong fastener pattern (or even the wrong type of fastener) can affect the roof’s wind resistance. Likewise, if the roof is patched with a different type of shingle.
3. Limited equipment and materials. Fixing the roof requires more than just a ladder, a hammer, and nails. If you’ve never fixed your roof before, chances are you’ll need to buy several tools and safety equipment, the latter of which you may probably won’t use again in years. Also, there’s the matter of making sure that the replacement material is going to match the rest of the roof. This can be difficult if the asphalt shingle type or sheet metal profile is only available through licensed contractors. Lastly, professionals have the advantage of being able to scale the number of roofers depending on the project’s complexity, whereas DIYers are limited by how many people they can get to help.
4. No warranties. Mistakes during roof repair can cause a lot of problems down the road. If such mistakes are committed by professional roofers, their workmanship warranty will cover the costs of correcting such mistakes. On the other hand, a DIYer will either need to fix their own mistakes or end up paying a professional to do so.
Roofmasters Roofing and Sheet Metal Company provides roofing services to customers in Colby and Hays, KS, as well as the surrounding communities. Give us a call at (785) 628-3614, or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.