Thanks to the prevalence of instructional videos online, more homeowners are trying their hand on DIY home improvements. This is great for weekend projects such as landscaping or building new cabinets, but others, like roofing, are simply best left to pros. In this blog, home repair services contractor NC Rebuild, Inc. discusses the risks you are taking by taking the DIY route with roof repair.
- Non-Professional Results — Roof repairs require in-depth knowledge of the entire roofing system, as the slightest mistake can result in severe damage. The biggest risk you’re taking with DIY roof repairs is that the resulting roof might not comply with existing building codes, you may be asked to tear the roof down if it’s found to be noncompliant.
- Limited Access to Materials — Your existing roof may be built with materials that are exclusive to contractors. This means finding matching replacement shingles may be difficult. You may end up with mismatched parts of the roof, which can be clearly visible from the curb.
- Longer Installation Time — House painting is easy, but the reason why many people still choose to hire an exterior painting service is because it gets done much faster. The same thing applies to roofing. Once the damaged parts are removed, the clock starts ticking. You will want to complete the repair work in the shortest possible time to minimize your home’s exposure to the elements. A group of well-trained roofers usually takes about a day to perform repairs; it may take longer than a weekend for a couple of DIYers to finish the same.
- No Workmanship Warranty — Taking the DIY route means taking responsibility for installation errors. Usually, off-the-shelf asphalt shingles will have some form of warranty coverage against factory defects. Statistically, most roofing failures are caused by installation errors. Repair work conducted by a professional will have a workmanship warranty, or at least a guarantee against such errors. On the other hand, the same problems on a DIY roof means correction costs will have to be taken out of pocket.
- Risk of Injury — If you only ever needed one reason why you should leave roofing to pros, this is it. Professionals like us have the training, equipment and insurance coverage to eliminate the risks of injury. DIYers, are more at risk and should they get injured from a fall, coverage for the medical bills will have to be covered by their own insurance and healthcare coverage.