Should You Tackle Roof Repair On Your Own?

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There are many individuals who are quite handy around the house, and may even have done some carpentry work on the side from time to time. Many of these people believe that they have more than enough skills to tackle anything that doesn't involve electric work, and if they've done a lot of DIY work in the past this belief isn't necessarily out in left field. It makes a lot of sense. However, roof repair can be a very delicate process, especially if there is hidden structural damage of any kind, and sometimes repair won't be enough. Outright replacement will be necessary.

So should you tackle roof repair on your own?Read on to see some thoughts on this topic that might help you make your own decision on this question.

While there's no denying that hiring a professional roofer who is licensed, bonded, and insured can cost a lot of money, there's a good reason for that. Taking a few minutes to really think about why that is shows not just how difficult a good roof repair job can be but why it is almost certainly worth the money to go with a professional instead of a DIY specialist.

Why Shouldn't You Do It Yourself?

#1: Chance Of Injury

This isn't just an idle possibility. There are stories every year of people dying young because they fell from a roof, fell from a ladder, or fell while cleaning the cutters or performing other roof related chores. Those are just the stories of people who died from falling. There are even more who are paralyzed from injuries and far more than that who have serious injuries that may cause a permanent disability or even if it doesn't, hospital up someone for many weeks, or months and leave a constant feeling of pain for even longer.

Roof work has an especially high chance of something going wrong, so don't risk the injury.

#2: You Just Voided Your Warranty

While most roofing has a warranty on it, if the work isn't done with a contractor, then there's a good chance that the warranty is voided, and you're stuck with whatever you're stuck with. Insurance often prohibits having the work done by a non-licensed professional. If you try to take the money and do it yourself, chances are problems will come up with any payout, future claims, or even current claims in some places. If this is a concern at all, you need to hire a professional such as Cincinnati Contractors - Armor Services .

#3: It's Easy To Make The Damage Worse

This occasionally happens even during a professional job where the damage gets a little worse before the professional roofers fix the entire thing. By the time some roofing damage is obvious many times there is more serious damage below the surface that also needs to be addressed. You may have a decent idea as to the obvious damage done but if you miss a little bit of hidden damage you may inadvertently exacerbate that unseen damage making the situation far worse.


Even if you don't damage things in an obvious way, not repairing things completely can mean you hide the signs of damage and lead to a worsening of the situation over time that isn't obvious to the eye.

#4: Hidden Long Term Damage

Professional roofers have the experience to fully analyze a situation and can spot potential issues that you might not see at a glance or even a further study. If there is some more serious structural or long-term damage, then you want to nip that problem in the bud as early as possible to avoid bigger and even more expensive issues.

Hiring a professional is the only way to make sure that you catch these problems early. In addition, if the surface issue hides a problem that requires an outright roof replacement, you need to find that out as soon as possible to avoid much more serious issues.

#5: Do You Really Save Money?

The main reason most people want to DIY any work around the house is to save money. The problem is that replacing a roof isn't really a cost-effective DIY project. You're not adding value to your home like you would making the attic an insulated bedroom, adding a bar to the basement, or insulation to an old house. There's a much bigger difference when you're looking at replacing a roof. It absolutely must be done, you are going to take a lot of hours to do it (and if you value your time that alone is reason to hand this off to a professional) and moving all the materials back and forth and doing the job right is much harder when you have to do it solo versus having a crew.

In other words, it's going to take longer and good luck if you don't get it done before the next big rain or snow storm.

#6: Perfectionism Doesn't Trump Professionalism

This is a huge one. No matter how much of a DIY perfectionist you are, there's a reason are professionals and generally work in crews. They know how to handle challenging angles, challenging cuts, and a variety of other issues that are going to come up. At the end of the day, there's a 99% chance that roofing done by professionals is going to look better than roofing that is done by even a talented DIY amateur.

Those are just six of the reasons why you should not consider doing your own roofing work, and most of them are pretty good rebuttals to the obvious reasons you'd think about doing that in the first place.

So What's The Verdict?

The answer to this question is going to be different based on the job, the situation, and a variety of other related factors. While some individuals might very well be capable of taking care of some basic repair work on the roof, most of the time going with a professional roofer is just going to make a lot more sense and be the much smarter move in the long run.


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Robert Sole
REM Inspections LLC - Winter Springs, FL

You wouldn't believe some of the"repairs" I have seen.  Unfortunately, some of them were done by licensed roofing contractors.  That said, I agree that, with the exception of a few people, the repairs are best left to a professional.

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