The rise of Pinterest has also brought the rise of DIY (do it yourself). Most of the time DIY projects are fun and cheaper than buying the item in a store or hiring a professional to do the job for you. They also bring about a sense of accomplishment for a job well done.
There are a lot of home improvement projects you can do yourself. Do paint your living room a new color. Do make your own terrarium. Do turn your backyard into a floral paradise. However, some home improvement projects should be left to the professionals. One of those projects is roofing repairs. Here are four reasons why you shouldn’t DIY any project that involves your roof.
1. It can end up costing more
One of the benefits of DIY projects is that you can save money. When it comes to roofing, those savings may not be worth it. If you do the repairs incorrectly, you’ll either have to buy more materials and start over, or you’ll end up hiring a professional anyway. Not to mention, you could do even more damage to your roof, meaning the new repairs could cost you even more than the initial repairs would have.
2. It can compromise your safety
Professional roofers have the equipment and expertise necessary to safely work and move around on a roof. They are also experienced in working on a roof in less than ideal conditions, such as after a storm when the roof may be slippery and covered with debris. Even if you feel confident in your ability to work on a roof, one misstep can be disastrous. The saying “better safe than sorry” rings very true when it comes to roofing repairs.
3. The job will get done faster
You are most likely a very busy person who has many other responsibilities, such as your job. For a roofing contractor, fixing your roof is their job. While, you may only be able to repair your roof bit by bit when you can find the time, they have the time and resources to fix your roof in a timely manner. And, if they can’t get to your project right away-or can’t finish it in one day-they have the proper equipment to make sure your roof is covered and you are safe from the elements.
4. You can be sure the job was done properly
A licensed professional roofer will know exactly the right materials and methods to use to fix your roof right the first time. They’ll also be able to spot any other problems you may have missed. Your roof is one of the most important parts of your house, so it’s the last thing you want repaired with shoddy workmanship.
A high-quality roof repair not only fixes your current roofing problems, it can help prevent future problems. So, although completing such a complicated DIY project might bring on a huge sense of satisfaction, you should really think about whether it’s worth the risk.