Risks of DIY Roof Repair

If you are not a professional roofer, your roof repair project is not for you to DIY. It may seem possible with the available information online, but it does not guarantee efficient results. There are several risks if you insist on repairing your roof on your own. 

DIY projects are rewarding – they save you money and give you the freedom to customize, like building a cabinet or replacing your kitchen faucet. However, when your roof requires repair, it’s best to leave it to your roofing contractor. Roof repairs should always be done by a professional roofer with the right training and experience.


The following are some of the risks you are likely to encounter when you repair your own roof:


  1. Poor and Inefficient Workmanship


One of the most important factors to effectively repair a roof is expertise. This is why roofing professionals are trained and skilled. Online tutorials and guides cannot teach you the skills and give you the experience that you need to properly repair your roof. Attempting to repair your own roof will not give you the best results compared to hiring a licensed roofing contractor. Amateur repairs will most likely result in faulty workmanship that may even cause further damage to your roof. This will only cost you more and compromise your home’s integrity.


In addition, hiring a professional roofer can give you the peace that your roof is properly repaired. With the pro’s excellent workmanship and efficiency, you will not be needing any follow-up repairs. This will save you money and time in the long run. 


  1. Safety Issues


Working on your own on top of your roof also poses some safety risks. Your safety should always be your priority. Hiring a roofing contractor for your roof repair project is the best way to save you from injuries. It’s not worth it to put yourself in danger just so you can save money. Even professional roofers with their skills and proper equipment are sometimes injured while doing the job. In the event of an accident, these roofing professionals are properly trained and insured. But you, on the other hand, may spend more on medical bills if injured. 


  1. Poor Choice of Materials


Even if you are confident with your skills, you still need the proper knowledge to pick out the right tools and materials for your roof. There are certain materials and equipment you’ll need to repair your roof, depending on its damage. Your local hardware store may have some inexpensive materials for repairing your roof, but are they enough to do the job? Meanwhile, roofing contractors have high-quality materials most appropriate for your roof’s structure and design.  


  1. Voiding Your Warranty


The majority of roofing companies only trust professionals to handle and repair your roof. They also trust you to leave your roofing concerns to your roofing contractors. DIY repairs may compromise the integrity and the quality of your roofing system. By repairing your roof on your own, you will be risking its warranty. Repair and replacement could be even more expensive without the protection of your roof’s warranty.


Qualifications of a Good Roofer


The best choice you can make for your roofing project is to hire a roofing contractor. If you insist on repairing it by yourself, you may end up causing more problems than solutions. So, to help you hire a competent roofer to repair your roof, here are some important qualifications that your roofing professional should have:


  1. Good Feedback


Positive feedback from satisfied clients is a good sign that your potential roofer offers great service. You can find out if a roofer is right for you by looking at the company’s referrals and former clients’ testimonials. Read through reviews and referrals on the pro’s website to give you an insight into the company’s quality of service and even work ethics. How are these pros rated? Have they won any awards? You can also ask your friends and neighbors for their recommended roofers.


  1. Transparency


Take time to examine the information that your potential roofers are sharing on their websites. They should be transparent and not dubious. It should be easy to learn their service process, list of services and pricing. This can help you decide right away if they are the best choice for your roof repair project. This way, you can also learn if they can accommodate emergency roof repairs or if they are offering other professional services. 


  1. Reliable Track Record


Another sign of competence that you should look for in your roofing contractor is a clean and track record. It’s easier to trust a contractor that’s been in the roofing industry for a long while. Years of excellent service and workmanship are an advantage for you. Usually, experienced roofers also have more services, extending their expertise to siding and chimneys. This will save you time from looking for other contractors for your needs. 


  1. Reliable Partners and Suppliers


You should also check with whom they are working. Reliable roofing contractors are more likely to work with established and trusted businesses. It’s a plus when your potential roofing contractor is applauded not just by their past clients, but also by their partners and suppliers. To check on their partners, you can ask them directly or check their website. Whenever they work with dubious partners, you should be cautious. 


  1. Good Communicator


You should be properly coordinated with your roofer. This will help you tell them the history of your roof or the issues you’re experiencing. This will help them analyze and repair your roof more efficiently. So, you must be able to easily communicate with your roofing contractors. In case you hire them, they should be easy to contact. 


As a homeowner, we understand that maintaining your home can sometimes be overwhelming. Leave your maintenance concerns to the experts from Paddy’s. We offer professional maintenance and repair services for your roofing, siding and chimneys. Call us at (302) 388-3625, or fill out our contact form to book an appointment.

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