DIY: The Dangers Of Doing it Yourself
It can be very satisfying to work on your home. Many people are weekend warriors and love doing it themselves. There are many projects that you can do around your home that are safe for you to do. However, working on your roof is not one of them. Some people think that they can watch a few youtube videos and then be good to go, this is not so. Professional roofing contractors are trained and certified to know what they are doing when it comes to your roof. They are also insured if there are any issues. Here are some good reasons to not DIY with roofing.
You think to yourself, “This is just a little leak, easy to fix right?” No, not right. If you don’t have the proper materials or the know how to dry and fix a leak, it can cause a bigger issue. You have no way of knowing how the leak has affected other parts of the roof or building structure. You may be able to stop the leak, but you will not be able to assess the damages.
If there are moisture issues that go unresolved it can cause dry rot where there had been water damage, there could be mold, there could be mildew and much more. These can all cause issues for your home and your family’s health. A roofing contractor has the essential tools for fixing your roof in the right way. Contractors are certified, they will know how to do your repairs, and generally will have a guarantee on their repairs.
For Your Safety
Climbing up on a roof can be very dangerous especially if you don’t have the right safety equipment. In warm weather, it can get very hot on the top of a roof, being in the hot sun for too long can cause heat exhaustion or even heat stroke. During the colder, rainy months, the roof gets extremely slick and can make slipping happen very easily.
Also, going up and down ladders while simultaneously carrying very heavy equipment is treacherous. If you have a roof that is has a steep incline then it is even more dangerous to try to navigate on your own. A roofing contractor will have the proper safety equipment and tools to make working on your roof less of a hazard.
This is one huge issue that many people forget about: If you have a roof that is still under warranty and you decide to do some repairs yourself, you will be voiding your warranty. A roof warranty is like a car warranty, if you have an unlicensed person work on it you are willingly voiding your warranty. Almost all warranties have this clause in them. This is why it is incredibly important to read things before you sign them. Roofing manufacturers add this as a protection for themselves against botched jobs done by unlicensed people. This is definitely something you want to keep in mind when considering do-it-yourself projects.
Do-It-Yourself projects can be very fun and fulfilling but can come at a cost if you don’t know what you are doing. It is best to always hire a professional when it comes to roofing. For questions or help on any roofing projects call Valley Roofing of Salem, Oregon.