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.
Here are some reasons not to fix your own roof:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.