The roof is a very important part of any building. It protects against weather elements and maintains the integrity of the building structure. Additionally, it protects your family, loved ones, clients, valuables and possessions. It is also a sizable investment. So is it better to take your roof as a DIY project, or to hire a roofing company to do the job? Additionally, which jobs should be performed by roofing company and not as a DIY roofing project?
Whenever damages occur say in the home, the first thing that comes to mind is fixing them ourselves. This also applies to the roof. People are, however, discouraged from taking all damages lightly and choosing to repair them on their own. Some of the DIY roofing repairs that one can safely undertake are:
- Removing leaves and other debris collections that could have gathered in gutters and at the edges of the roof.
- Cleaning out downspouts and gutters.
- Replacing a single edge row tile or shingle that does not call for one to actually get on top of the roof. One should be able to do it safely from a well-positioned ladder giving them access to the repair area without having to get onto the roof.
DIYers must realize that there are limits as to the things they can do on their own since they represent significant danger to their person or to others. Some require more than just instructions, but also call for the experience of a roofing professional otherwise expensive recovery repair will be necessary. Some of these are listed below:
Repairs that call for actually getting onto the roof
These repairs, especially on high pitched roofs or those that are at a significant height, are better left to roofing professionals. Falling from heights has been cited by the Home Safety Council as the leading cause of deaths at home. With such information, why would you still risk your life by choosing to carry out a dangerous roofing project as a DIY project? In the event that injury or death occurs as a result of such a project, no amount of money that had been saved by the DIY roofing project comes close to the pain or heartbreak that will result from it. Death from such projects leaves families with a lot of grief that could have otherwise have been avoided.
Whether it is a small or a large leak, leakage repairs should always be left to professionals. Locating the source of such a leak could be a difficult task. This is because water stains can occur a distance away from the source of the leak. You could, therefore, end up making unnecessary repairs while not solving the problem. Additionally, dry rot could have occurred which will call for more work and expenses than the DIYer could have anticipated. If not, the leak could be located in flashing which calls for the skills of a professional roofer.
Hurricane and storm damages
Most DIYers cannot effectively assess the true extent of damages occurring from such phenomenon. As such, they are better off calling on the services of a professional. The required repairs may also be beyond their abilities and if they choose to undertake them on their own, they could be not only putting themselves at risk, but also placing the safety of others at risk. Failure to properly assess the extent of the damage could also result in extensive and expensive corrective repairs later on. These expenses could be way higher than what the client would have paid for in the first place.
Working on roofs is dangerous. Those working on roofs should be extra careful and vigilant and also be aware of their surroundings at all times. Injuries from accidents that occur while working on the roof can also leave one completely paralyzed or even result in the death of the individual.
Written by Enrich Construction, the best service for roofing in Columbia, MO.