So many people discover they have the skills to do some of these amazing home fixes and builds as DIY projects are becoming increasingly popular. With online and video tutorials readily available, it is easy to see how to build a bench step-by-step. DIY can save you a lot of money, which is enticing to many homeowners. Generally coming from the labor is the high costs of hiring builders and repair contractors. You do your own labor and only pay for materials is implied with DIY projects. In some cases, you can initially cut costs in half … if everything goes to plan and you don’t value your own time very much! When it comes to roofing and other industries that require a license however, there are plenty of reasons why you should hire a professional, as tempting as DIY projects can be. With this in mind, we at Nickerson Roofing would like to discuss the Dangers of DIY roof repair.
Roofing is a Dangerous Job
Though it may seem like a hazard, going up and working on the roof has a lot more to it. There may be unseen damage that can make walking on your roof even more dangerous when you’re going up on your roof to do a repair. Tragically, in construction, roofers have the fifth-highest work-related death rate which a large portion of those deaths are related to falls. If you ever do go up there, it is important to stay off your roof when there’s potential damage and to be extremely careful.
Roof Repair is Not Easy
Unless from something like fire damage or impact damage, it’s more than just a small section when there’s damage on your roof. Before dripping down in your attic and revealing itself on your ceiling, leaks can travel over 20 feet. Stopping you from being able to fix it all without a proper inspection, the damage may be widespread. Though you’ve left other issues unchecked, you may end up fixing one problem. Unresolved issues continue to grow and eventually lead to costlier damages.
What Voids a Roofing Warranty and/or Insurance?
Any warranty that materials have is voided, unless a roof is repaired or installed by a professional, licensed, bonded, and insured contractor. When they’ve been properly installed, warranties for shingles, underlayment, and other roofing materials are only active. The repair itself won’t be covered by your insurance in the future, not only are the materials not under a warranty. You’ll have to call a roofing company to make the repairs if you were to try and repair a leak and it didn’t work out for instance. An inspection would find that there was a failed attempt at a repair, and it would be reported to your insurance if you tried to make a claim on your insurance. If you would have called a professional, they would then deny coverage and you’d have to pay out of pocket for a repair that would have been covered.
DIY Roof Repairs Often Cost More!
As we mentioned, some DIY projects can save half the money they would with a professional. When it comes your roof, there’s a chance that your roof repair or replacement would be covered, and you’d only have to pay your deductible if you have homeowners’ insurance. It may seem like a better option to just DIY the repair but it’s not if it wasn’t insured. Though you’ll also be paying for future damage due to improper repair, you may only be paying for materials. This can lead to you to spend far more than you would have spent for the initial roof repair.