It can definitely be tempting to try and repair your own roof, but does it really save you any money in the long run? Repairing or replacing a roof takes the right materials, equipment, building permit, attention to detail, and knowledge of roof construction.
In the long run, when it comes to roof repairs, hiring a professional can actually save you time and money. Not to mention, potentially avoiding falling off the roof or injury to yourself.
Top mistakes when making DIY roof repairs
Using the wrong materials
Matching your current roofing material isn’t always easy, typically there is a noticeable difference. Ensuring the new tiles or shingles fit in with the existing ones is also necessary, if not you could end up with a leak on your hands.
Flashing is an important part of your roof. While this strip of metal may look like it is in good shape, it typically won’t last as long as new shingles. Making it difficult to notice the water tight barrier breaking down.
Voiding the warranty
Most manufacturers of roofing materials won’t guarantee these materials if not installed by a licensed roofing contractor. Why? A misuse or botched installation with the materials will eventually lead to a damaged roof and costly repairs.
While you may be trying to save a few bucks, in the long run it may cost you. Roof inspections take proper training and equipment. It can also be very dangerous.
Check back with us next week for reasons why DIY roofing projects don't always save you money.
At Schick Roofing we provide roof inspections to determine your roof’s remaining life expectancy and assessments of how to accurately mitigate future leaks. We give our customers an honest and accurate assessment of their roof and suggest a plan of action to maximize its life.