There are plenty of DIY projects that can be done with just a little bit of assistance from Google, Pinterest, or YouTube—installing a new car stereo, repairing a broken dishwasher, or fixing the backyard deck. But repairing a roof should never be a DIY project for even skilled handymen. Without roofing experience, attempting to take on the job without the help of a professional will likely make the problem worse—and a professional will probably need to be brought in regardless. Anyone who is still not convinced should read on for more reasons roof repairs should never be considered a DIY project.
It’s Not Safe
Obviously, working on the roof means working several feet above the ground—often 15 feet or more, and that’s just for a single story home. Professional roofers are used to working and walking on roofs, even in poor weather conditions, and homeowners simply are not. The professionals utilize appropriate safety equipment and procedures to keep themselves safe, and they also have tools specifically designed for roofing. Homeowners risk their safety by attempting DIY roof repairs, and no one regrets hiring the pros!
A DIY Job May Cost More, Not Less
Homeowners typically undertake projects themselves to save money, but without proper roofing experience, the odds are that a professional will need to be called in. Watching a few YouTube tutorials doesn’t make anyone a roofing expert, and it’s hard to get the job right the first time without prior experience. If the job is done the first time incorrectly, the homeowner will either need to keep sinking money into materials until they get it right, or will need a professional to fix it. A professional will know exactly what to do the first time and how to repair any additional damage the homeowner may have caused. Hiring a pro can save both time and money, and they can inspect the roof for other issues while they’re up there.
Consider Cost and Quality of Materials
Roofing companies typically have access to roofing materials directly from the manufacturer or through a supply company, and they probably have a contract to receive materials at a discounted price. This means they can get the highest quality materials from top manufacturers at a decent price. They may even have access to materials that aren’t sold directly to consumers. The homeowner, on the other hand, will either have to purchase roofing materials (which may be lower in quality) from the local hardware store, or they’ll have to pay more to buy them from a better supplier. While the homeowner will have to pay the roofing company for labor, things will nearly even out when it comes to the cost and quality of roofing materials available through the professionals.
Unless you have extensive roofing experience, it’s best to call the pros for your roof repairs. Call Southers Construction at (603) 734-4572 or fill out our online form for a free quote on any of our construction services.