The DIY movement is hot and getting hotter still. One estimate expects the DIY movement to be worth nearly $14 billion by 2021. Yes, that’s billion with a “b.”
People turn to DIY for a lot of reasons. For some people, it can serve as a way to relieve the stress of everyday life. But while making your own jam or changing your car’s oil can be good ideas, DIY roofing is a bad idea for most.
Roofing is more dangerous and complicated than it looks from the outside. DIY roofing repair may save you money, but it can also cost you a lot of time and energy that you could spend on other things.
Here are five common mistakes people make when they try DIY roof repair.
1. Underestimating the Cost
Homeowners tend to be optimistic about the cost of making roofing repairs on their own. But your projected costs can double or triple before you even realize it.
That’s usually because you thought you could save unrealistic amounts of money by making repairs yourself.
Yet you must still pay for good quality materials. You can’t just use what’s cheapest. That’s not a smart risk.
Qualified housing contractors know how to find reasonably priced materials without skimping on materials. If you need a new roof, they’ll give you a fair estimate of the cost.
2. Taking Too Many Risks
Roofing professionals have insurance that homeowners don’t. Sure, you have home insurance. But that doesn’t mean your carrier will cover your medical costs if you fall off the roof and break a leg.
All roofing contractors should have liability insurance. They should also have workers compensation that covers any on-the-job injuries.
Before you hire a roofing contractor, you should ask about their insurance.
3. Voiding the Warranty
Your roof doesn’t have a lot in common with your smartphone. But there is one key similarity. In both cases, your warranty can get voided if an unauthorized party makes repairs.
In recent years, Apple has loosened its restrictions on unauthorized repairs. But you shouldn’t expect the same for your roofing warranty.
The warranty exists to protect your roof from damage, but that protection isn’t unlimited.
4. Fixing the Wrong Thing
Spotting a leaky roof can be easy. You look for things like missing shingles and mold. But knowing a leak is there doesn’t mean you know the perfect way to fix it.
It’s quite possible you can make a temporary repair without addressing the larger issue. If you don’t address the larger issue, you’re at risk of needing an entire roof replacement down the line.
Bring in a roofing contractor to examine the leaks in your roof. They’ll have a better idea of what repairs are necessary in both the long-term and short-term.
5. Getting Frustrated by Delays
Delays are hard enough when a professional is fixing your roof. When you’re trying DIY roof repair, such delays can feel even worse. You may start to feel like everything is going wrong.
Professionals are better equipped to deal with delays. They have more experience with things like inclement weather. If roofing materials are on back order, a professional will be able to handle it better than you can.
DIY Roofing: Proceed with Caution
DIY roofing is not for beginners. If you’ve replaced or repaired a roof before, you might be able to give it another shot. But otherwise, you’re better off leaving the job to roofing contractors.
Our team of roofing experts can help you figure out the best way forward for your roof. Contact us for a free inspection.