DIY projects are becoming increasingly popular and so many people discover that they have the skills to do some of these amazing home fixes and builds. It’s easy to go online and watch a video tutorial giving step by step instructions on how to build a bench. The enticing part of it all is that DIY can save you a lot of money.  The high costs of hiring builders, creators, and repair people often come from the labor. DIY projects mean you do your own labor and only pay for materials. This can sometimes, but not always, lead to cutting costs in half. Tempting as it is, there are plenty of reasons why you should hire a professional when it comes to roofing and other industries that require a license.  It’s Dangerous Going up on your roof probably doesn’t seem like a big deal. You do it all the time for Christmas to decorate your home right? But if you’re going up on your roof to do a repair, there may be unseen damage that can make walking on your roof even more dangerous. Roofers have the fifth-highest work-related death rate in construction. A large portion of those deaths are related to falls. It’s important to stay off your roof when there’s potential damage and to be extremely careful if you ever do go up there.  There’s more than meets the eye Typically when there’s damage on your roof, unless from something like fire damage or impact damage, it’s more than just a small section. Leaks can travel over 20 feet before dripping down in your attic and revealing itself on your ceiling. The damage may be widespread, stopping you from being able to fix it all without a proper inspection.  You may end up fixing one problem, but you’ve left other issues unchecked. These issues will continue to grow and eventually lead to costly damages.  You’ll void your warranty or insurance Unless a roof is repaired or installed by a professional, licensed, bonded, and insured contractor, any warranty that materials have is voided. Warranties for shingles, underlayment, and other roofing materials are only active when they’ve been properly installed. Not only are the materials not under a warranty, the repair itself won’t be covered by your insurance in the future.  For example, if you were to try and repair a leak and it didn’t work out, you’ll have to call a roofing company to make the repairs. If you tried to make a claim on your insurance, an inspection would find that there was a failed attempt at a repair and it would be reported to your insurance. They would then deny coverage and you’d have to pay out of pocket for a repair that would have been covered if you would have called a professional. It won’t save you money If you have homeowners insurance, there’s a chance that your roof repair or replacement would be covered and you’d only have to pay your deductible. If it wasn’t insured, it may seem like a better option to just DIY the repair but it’s not. You may only be paying for materials, but you’ll also be paying for future damage due to improper repair, leading you to spend far more than you would have spent for the initial roof repair. 

 

If you think there’s damage on your roof, call us for an inspection at 855-316-7663 and we’ll work with you to ensure the job is done right and you stay safe.