Roof Repair

DIY is not for Roof Repair

Websites like Pinterest and DIY Network have become more popular in recent years and with them DIY (do it yourself) home improvement projects.  For the most part DIY is fun and cheaper than hiring someone or buying something in a store.  You also get a sense of accomplishment for a job well done.  There are home improvement projects you can do yourself, want to paint the bathroom…no problem give it a whirl.  On the other hand there are things you shouldn’t try yourself and that includes fixing your roof.

Roof Repair

Here are some reasons not to fix your own roof:

  1. You don’t have the right equipment.  Professional contractors and roofing companies have the right gear to move and work safely on your roof.  They have the experience to work in the rain, or when your roof is covered in debris.  Even if you feel you have great balance and you won’t fall off, one misstep can leave you severely injured.
  2. Roofers work faster than you do. You probably have a regular job and other responsibilities so that leaves evenings and weekends for you to work on the roof.  Roofing replacement is not something you can do on the evenings and weekends, or bit by bit.  A roofing crew has the experience, tools and ability to get your roof done quickly, if it isn’t finished they can make sure your home isn’t exposed to the elements.
  3. It will cost you more in the long run. One of the reasons people take on DIY projects is to save money, and yes replacing a roof can be tremendously expensive.  When it comes to your roof you may end up not saving at all.  If you’re not a roofer you’re more than likely going to make a mistake.  A mistake in repairing your roof can lead to leaks and leaks can turn into extensive water damage.  Having to hire a roofer for a new repair may end up being more expensive than the initial repair.
  4. The job will get done properly. This is what they do for a living and most roofing contractors are very good at their jobs.  You won’t have to worry about the repair being done right the first time.

A licensed and professional roofing company has the right materials to repair or replace the roof.  You can have the leak fixed and make sure you don’t have any future problems.  So you may have the urge to take on the project yourself you really need to consider whether it is worth the risk.

Types of Roofing Materials

Types of Roofing Materials Broken Down

Springtime rolls around and brings with it the rain, homeowners start getting that knot in their stomachs wondering if their roof is good enough to face Mother Nature.  Snow, sun, sleet, rain or whatever the weather brings, all of them are hard on your roof.  Spring is the time of year when homeowners look for a roofing contractor to repair or replace the roof.  Replacing the roof leaves you with the question, what do you replace it with?  What will suit your home and the climate you live in?

Types of Roofing

Homeowners now have more choices than ever when it comes to roofing material.  It can make things confusing when you are trying to compare waterproofing and longevity.  Here is a breakdown of the most commonly used roofing materials so you can choose what suits your home best.

Asphalt Shingles:

This is the most common type of roofing material and probably what you’re most familiar with.  Asphalt shingles are made up of shingle strips overlapping and nailed to the roof through the underlayment.  They come in a variety of types and colors, they have been improved upon over the years making them resistant to fungus and wind.

Tile:

Concrete and clay tiles are more common throughout the southern states and you can buy them in different shapes, sizes and colors.  Installation methods also vary from using concrete to adhere to the tiles, to nailing the tiles in place.  Cost will vary according to how they are installed and how resistant to wind and storms.

Metal Roofing:

Metal roofing was traditional used on commercial properties but have become more popular in the residential market.  Long lasting and very durable, metal roofs have a flat panel style often called “Key West” and resemble a tiled look.  Metal roofs have are built to last, but they are more expensive than a traditional shingled roof.

Types of Roofing Materials

Wood Shingles:

“Shake” or wood shingles are made from cedar and they give your home a rustic look.  They are held in place with nails going through the underlayment.  Not as common as they once were you will still see them from time to time.  They tend to be more popular in older neighborhoods with historic homes.  These type of shingles look beautiful but they are high maintenance.  Most shake roofs are now made from synthetic shingles that have the look of cedar without the cost or maintenance.

The Bottom line

Replacing the roof is a big expense and you have a number of options available to you as far as what you want to replace your roof with.  Discuss your options with your roofing contractor they are in the best position to tell you which roofing material will work with your home.  To help and give more information of available materials, have a look at this video.