Here are the key reasons why DIY roof repair causes more headaches than it’s worth:
1. It’s More Dangerous On A Roof Than It Appears To Be
Even when the weather is cool, temperatures on a Jacksonville roof can be 30°-50° than at ground level. Roofers not only need to know the ins and outs of roofing systems and tools, but also how to avoid heatstroke and other dangers.
2. DIY Can Lead to Roof Damage, Especially For Weakened Roofs
If a roof has been compromised by storm-force winds or a leak, doing the job yourself can weaken it further. At particular risk is the decking and the underlayment resting beneath the shingle layer. Walking on hot shingles can easily tear them.
3. There’s A Lot Of Bad DIY Advice Out There
Every home needs a roof, but roofing techniques change over the years just like everything else. For example, many websites about DIY roof repair still advise homeowners to “roof over,” placing new shingles over existing ones rather than removing them – a big mistake!
4. You May Lose Insurance Coverage For Future Repairs
By law, Florida homeowners insurance must cover the kind of storm damage many cities face yearly. But insurers have leeway to decide if a roof has been compromised and if future work is covered. Think of it as voiding your warranty. Speaking of which ...
5. You May Lose Manufacturer Warranty Protection
These days, many roofing systems come with a manufacturer’s warranty that covers damage related to materials and workmanship. However, this warranty may not stand up unless the roof is maintained exclusively by experienced professionals familiar with the brand.
6. Yes, You Can Fall
Fear-mongering won’t help, but it’s worth pointing out: Even experts are at risk of a fall. A fall from the average roof can be fatal or lead to months of recovery and big hospital bills. All roofers train in how to fall “right,” but professional safety training reduces the risk.
7. You Might Miss The Deeper Problems
Roofs that have been damaged in a hurricane or other Jacksonville storm often have multiple issues. Some are harder to find than others, and it’s vital to do things in the right order. Otherwise, you’re vulnerable to future problems even if your roof is sound for now.
8. You Might End Up Redoing It Anyway
One of the biggest risks in DIY roof repair is that you’ll end up having someone else redo the work anyway. The project is often bigger, since your roofer needs to go over any recent DIY work with a fine-tooth comb to ensure everything is ready for the necessary fixes.
Expert advice from a residential roof repair pro makes life easier – it’s convenient and fast. To find out more or get started with a trusted Jacksonville roofer, contact Plair Homes.