If your home’s roof needs to be repaired, you’re probably going to spend somewhere between $300 and $1200 on average to have the repair made.
For this reason, some homeowners seriously consider doing DIY roof repair in order to save some money doing the work on their own.
If you’re thinking about doing this, it may be wise to give it some more thought before getting up on the roof. Professional roofers spend years perfecting their craft and know exactly what to do to repair a roof the right way. Meanwhile, you more than likely don’t have the slightest idea of where to even start when it comes to DIY roof repair.
Here are just a few of the things that could go wrong if you attempt to repair your roof DIY style.
You Probably Won’t Do the Roof Repair That Needs to Be Done Right
If you don’t know any better, you might think replacing a missing shingle or putting new flashing around a vent is simple enough. How hard could it be to nail down a shingle or put on flashing?
These tasks are easy for professional roofers. But you might not nail a shingle down right or put flashing on properly.
In the event that this happens, your shingle or flashing might fly off again in a day or two and put you right back to square one. Calling on a professional company will ensure the job gets done the right way.
You Might Make the Problem With Your Roof Even Worse
In the grand scheme of things, doing a DIY roof repair wrong might end up being a best-case scenario for you. There are way worse things that could take place when you make an effort to repair your own roof.
For example, you could put a hole in the roof if you place nails in the wrong spot. Or you could accidentally put your foot through the roof if you step on a weak part of it and it caves in.
Your roof problem could go from relatively minor to very major in a matter of just a few seconds if you don’t know what you’re doing.
You Could Injure Yourself or Others While Working on Your Roof
One of the other things you need to be concerned about when doing DIY roof repair is an injury affecting you or someone else.
Professional roofers know how to climb up and down ladders and walk around on roofs without getting hurt. Do you?
You could easily slip and fall off a roof or hurt yourself while trying to come down a ladder. You could also drop something off the roof and injure someone below.
You Could Void Your Roof’s Warranty or Your Home Insurance Policy
Doing DIY roof repair is a big no-no if you have a warranty on your roof. Your warranty might be voided immediately if you attempt to repair it.
It’s also a big no-no for those with home insurance policies. Your insurance company might drop you and refuse to cover you if they ever find out you tried to repair your roof.
Skip DIY Roof Repair and Call on the Professionals for Help
As you can see, DIY roof repair is a dumb decision. It’s a much better idea to call on professional roofers to come and handle your roof repairs for you.
They’ll make sure your repairs are done properly. They’ll also keep your roof warranty and home insurance policy intact while preventing injuries from taking place.
Read our blog for tips on how to track down the right roofing company for your next repair.