We’ve all fallen victim before to one common belief. The belief that we are capable of doing something that there are experts in place for in the first place. Roof repairs are no different. We are all too quick to assume that we can take on the monumental task of DIY roof repair.
After all, how hard can it be right? Well, there’s a lot that has to go into it. We’re here to cover why you should never DIY roof repair your own home. Hopefully, you can take some pointers away with you!
Okay, as we’ve said, we’ve all done this before, it’s just human nature. You will try and do the roof repairs yourself and that’s fine on paper. It’ll be much harder to pull off in practice, and you could end up causing a lot more harm than good if you even attempt to fix your own roof.
You might as well save yourself time and money and just hire a professional straight away. The repercussions aren’t worth it.
One of the first and most pressing issues that can arise with trying to do your own roof repairs is voiding warranties. A lot of companies that offer the materials used in roofing will only ever guarantee a warranty if the materials are professionally installed in the first place.
Basically, the company that supplies you with your roof won’t take too kindly to you trying to do it all on your own. If your roof was never to break again then it’s not the worst thing in the world, but warranties are put in place for a reason.
It could end up being pretty costly if you install a roof without a warranty and it needs a service later down the line.
Another important point to note is that roofs are at the very top of your home and should never be climbed on or worked on by anyone without the proper equipment. The likelihood is you don’t have the necessary equipment in place yourself so you’re already setting yourself up for failure.
All it takes is one missed foot or one slippery tile and you could be tumbling off that roof and in the hospital before you know it.
Even if you managed to get away without injury and feel like you’ve done a cracking job, you’re still left with the trouble of having a faulty roof. You could have missed an entire section where the leaks or the damage were at their worst but it won’t matter.
By the time you find out that your repair simply wasn’t good enough, the damage from the leaks would have been too much. You’ll ship out so much more money if you don’t repair it completely yourself and have to rely on someone else later.
DIY roof repairs aren’t a simple job. A lot of time and planning has to go into it and you might not even have much of a clue where to start looking for the main source of your problem.
While you might spot an obvious leak or mold growth, you will more than likely miss the main issue causing the leak in the first place. The experience of roofing professionals comes into play again with this. They’ve got the eye for this sort of thing after all.
Insurance companies can always be a bit of a difficult subject, especially in situations of home insurance and repairing broken parts of your home.
It might seem like you’ll be saving a few bucks and the insurance company will be happy with that, but they’ll much rather you outsource the job to get it professionally done.
They will most likely refuse to cover any claim associated with the repair of your roof if you don’t seek professional help – even if you think it’ll save money for them, they won’t care!
While it might seem like it’ll save you some money upfront, you have to remember one very important thing. Some people actually think it’s more important than money. Time. The time is taken (and the time wasted) on a DIY roof repair really doesn’t outweigh the potential savings you might have made by not hiring a professional.
It’s not the most fun or enticing job in the world for someone without experience. You could end up spending all that time on your roof getting it fixed only to find yourself hating the result at the end of it.
Roof repair specialists got into the trade for a good reason and it’s up to them whether they choose to enjoy it or not. One thing is for sure though, it’s not something the average person will like to do for their own home.
Back to the part about you not being a roof repair professional, there is so much experience and knowledge tied in with the roofing companies and professionals you will work with for your roof repairs.
They’ll have key knowledge about the correct equipment to use, as well as the right type of roof that’ll work for you in your area to keep it safe and durable.
You won’t come anywhere near this level of expertise on your own and you’ll end up with a much lower quality job if you ignore a professional’s advice.
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