No matter how easy they may seem, you should never give roof repairs the DIY treatment. You may consider yourself a handyman because you’ve changed faucets and de-clogged blocked drains, but roofing work is a different level.
As the region’s authority in residential roofing, Universal Roofing and Exteriors explains why you shouldn’t be a hero with roof repairs:
Safety is No Laughing Matter
You may know your way around a ladder, but don’t try to fix your roof unless you can do it to the highest safety standards. Climbing up there while carrying tools and replacement materials and making multiple runs is a risk too big to ignore. Irrespective of how low you think your roof is, a fall would guarantee a trip to the orthopedic room.
Two Words: Rookie Mistakes
There’s a difference between the work of a professional and that of one who knows how to nail shingles. Roofers dedicate years to develop hands that can work with finesse and eyes that can spot red flags that would otherwise go unnoticed. Big or small, any roof repair is serious enough to merit professional service.
The Warranty Vanishing Trick
Shoddy DIY work may void the warranty of replacement roofing products and other warranties for other building items you may have. If you take matters into your own hands to install the materials and fail, you’d eventually have to hire help and pay for future repairs. Nine times out of ten, manufacturers require pros to handle their products, or else they wouldn’t cover them.
You can’t split tasks with pros to lower the labor cost either. No roofer would give you any guarantee if you get involved in the job.
Goodbye Home Insurance
The roof is one of the four things that affect your home’s insurability. If an insurance company discovers that you compromised your roofing system’s structural integrity with DIY work, they may refuse to issue you a policy.
You can repair your own roofing system—except you shouldn’t. At Universal Roofing and Exteriors, you can avoid the risks of DIY repairs and guarantee the success of your project the first time. We specialize in GAF and Owens Corning roofing products and have certifications to show for our strong credentials. Call us today at (317) 257-0779 to get a free estimate in Carmel or Zionsville, Indiana.