As a home owner, you may pride yourself in taking care of problems that arise on your own. Many home owners become casual carpenters and can fix basic plumbing issues. While it is important to develop your construction and maintenance skills in order to reduce the cost of keeping up your home and extend its life, there are some projects that you should not take on without proper training. One of these projects is roof repairs. Whether you are completing a minor repair or installing a completely new roof, there are several reasons why you should hire a roof repair expert as opposed to attempting a DIY project.
Failure to Diagnose Problems Correctly
There are many things that can go wrong with a roof. You may notice leaking, missing or damaged shingles, structural damage, or wood rot around the edges of your roof. However, it can be difficult to ascertain the exact cause of these problems. Are they caused by aging materials, poor installation, or high winds? Where is the problem located and how extensive is the damage? These are things that you may not be able to assess if you are not a trained roofer.
Even if you plan to do the repairs on your own, you may want to hire an experienced roofing contractor to complete an inspection of your roof. This way, you can be more certain that you address the root causes of the problems when you complete the repairs as opposed to simply addressing the symptoms. This can save you money and time by minimizing future repairs.
Improper Installation Techniques
Improper installation techniques can cause you to lose money to future roof repairs. Additionally, your future repairs may end up being more extensive than your current repairs if you fail to install a roof correctly. For example, failing to maintain a proper slope on a roof can create standing pools of water that will ultimately weaken your roof. Additionally, failing to apply shingles or tiles correctly can allow wind to lift sections of your roof, damaging both the shingles or tile and the underlay. Poor flashing installation can lead to leaks that can damage the interior of your home.
Because your roof is a critical part of keeping your home warm and dry, it is important that proper installation techniques are followed in all repairs and installations. Although you can learn some of these techniques through online resources, the experience a licensed contractor has allows them to better understand what technique is required for your specific job and to make any adjustments as necessary.
Insufficient Safety Procedures
When completing roof repairs, you will have to be comfortable working on slopes at a significant height. There may be places that cannot support your weight and, depending on the day, wind may cause safety issues. If you are inexperienced with working in high places, you may be putting yourself and whoever is assisting you in danger by working on your own roof. Besides falling, you may find dropping items and using power tools on a roof to be safety issues.
Roofing contractors are trained to assess safety issues and to follow procedures that keep them, their crew, and your home safe while they are working. They are also more likely to have necessary safety equipment on hand, whereas this would be an added expense for you.
While there are many home repair projects that a home owner can take care of on their own, roof repair is not one of them. To make sure your roof is installed correctly and to keep yourself safe, you should consider hiring a licensed expert that offers a work and material warranty for their services.