Sustained high winds, or even a short gust, can have a serious negative impact on the structure and integrity of your home – and your roof in particular. Minor issues caused by wind such as cracked flashing, loose drip edge, dislodged ridge vents, or buckled or broken shingles can cause serious problems over time and should be fixed as soon as possible. Major issues, such as exposed or sagging sheathing or structural breaches caused by flying or falling debris need to be addressed right away. With minor or major damage, the first, and potentially most important decision is how to go about fixing your roof.
To DIY or Not to DIY - That is the Homeowner’s Roof Repair Question
If you are the type of person who is obsessed with YouTube do-it-yourself (DIY) videos – if you sharpen your own chainsaw, make your own kombucha, or replace your own head gaskets – then repairing your own roof might seem like a good idea to you. However, for any roof repair or roof replacement project, it is important to take into consideration how extensive the task is, what complications (foreseen and unforeseen) you may encounter, and to compare and contrast money saved now doing it yourself versus the potential costs in the long-run for a botched job. If, after considering all of this, you still want to do it yourself, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
Questions to Ask Before a DIY Roofing Job
Roofing is not the same as hanging a picture frame or even building patio furniture. The potential, long-term negative impacts of mistakes made are much, much greater. However, if you are set on fixing the issue by yourself, here are a few questions you should ask yourself first:
“Do I have what it takes?” This is important to ask about yourself physically, but just as important when it comes to tools. Roofing requires a variety of tools that the average homeowner does not have. Purchasing or renting these tools may reduce or eliminate any savings you are getting from doing the project yourself.
“Do I know what supplies to get and where to get them?” Asphalt, wood, concrete, or composite shingles; clay tiles; standing seam metal sheeting; or slate. Roof material options go on and on. If fully replacing your roof, it is important to know which is right for you specifically. If repairing, it is important to understand how to best physically and cosmetically match any new materials with your existing roof.
“Do I know who to turn to when I get stuck?” It’s going to happen. Roofing is a complex procedure even on a brand new building. Older homes sag and shift over time. A roof that was once square may no longer be so. Therefore, you will most likely get stuck. In these cases, it is important to have a roofing professional to turn to for help.
“Does my insurance cover it?” If you have home insurance, it might not cover you doing the work yourself. Furthermore, completing your own roofing work may negate your policy. It is very important to check this before starting any job.
“Does it still make sense?” These are just a few of many questions you will encounter when attempting your own DIY roofing project. If you’ve thought about all of these and still want to give it a shot, best of luck to you. Either way, there are a few situations in which we truly believe you should not do your own roofing work.
When DIY Roofing Doesn’t Cut It
In all honesty, we believe that if you take on a roofing project of any size by yourself, you are taking serious and unnecessary risks. There is risk to your wallet if you have to purchase new tools, if you don’t know what roof materials to purchase or where to purchase them, or if the job is not done correctly. There is risk to your roof if you damage other sensitive roof features (such as your soffit or ridge vent) while trying to fix the problem area. Most importantly, there is risk to your health if you do not have the appropriate safety gear or do not know how to properly use any of the many tools required for a roofing project.
This is particularly true for severe wind damage. For any and all emergency roof repair we highly recommend that you consult the professional roofing team at RoofPRO to stabilize the current damage, to minimize long-term deterioration, and to reestablish the integrity of your roof as fast and cost-efficiently as possible.
Let RoofPRO Professionally Repair Your Roof’s Wind Damage
Since 2003, RoofPRO has provided business and residents of the Baltimore and Washington metro area with high quality, consistent, and reliable roofing services. We have expanded our business and built our reputation through professionalism, trustworthiness, and the highest level of craftsmanship. We have the knowledge and know how to take on any job and to do it right the first time. Give us a call (410-428-6806) or request a quote online today to see how RoofPRO can put its reputation to work for you!
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